Above, a fave image for Every Day Is Election Day.


The graphic from a 2018 “best-of” list.

“Rebecca is a legend.”

“Rebecca Sive is a fierce advocate for women’s full participation and leadership.Here, I am thanked by my friend and colleague, US Senator, Debbie Stabenow (D., MI) for that fierceness.


Some thoughts on why it’s so important for women to become public and political leaders here, at the University of Chicago, in conversation with Harris School of Public Policy Dean, Kate Baicker, and below in an episode of Two Broads Talk podcast.

Listen here for the kick-off Girl Talk podcast, focused on women’s public leadership. Below is a photograph of the taping at The Hideout.

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Here is my executive and speaking biography.

Here is information regarding group sales of Vote Her In.



Appearances in 2020 included presentations for a variety of organizations. For further information, contact Annette Luba-Lucas at Speakers for All.




Saturday, February 23, 2019 |book promotion at rally for Toni Preckwinkle, who, if elected, would be the first African-American woman mayor of Chicago|Chicago, Illinois 


Saturday, March 2, 2019 |Berrien County (Michigan) Democratic Women|St. Joseph, Michigan|#VoteHerIn: Why Not You? A networking event for women interested in running for office or seeking appointed office


Thursday, March 7, 2019 |Union League Club|Chicago, lllinois|Women’s History Month program on women’s civic leadership and its importance; co-sponsored by the YWCA, League of Women Voters, and the Northwestern University Kellogg School women’s executive program 


Wednesday, March 27, 2019 |Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum| Minneapolis, Minnesota|leader of panel on women, art, and politics

Friday, March 29, 2019 | National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual convention| Minneapolis, Minnesota| Speaker and leader of panel addressing the need to eliminate the  #MeToo experience wherever it may be found, including in the world of ceramics


Saturday, May 18, 2019|Evanston Literary Festival|book-signing and talk at Bookends & Beginnings|Evanston, Illinois  


Monday, June 17, 2019|#VoteHerIn book signing and conversation with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky|The Book Stall|Winnetka, Illinois


Monday-Tuesday, July 8-9, 2019|speech on the importance of viewing the American craft legacy through a “gender lens”|Haystack Mountain School of Crafts|Deer Isle, Maine


Friday, September 6, 2019|YWCA celebration of the centennial of American women’s suffrage, featuring a Facebook Live session with me|Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, October 24, 2019|Alliance Bernstein speech about women’s public leadership|Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, November 19, 2019|Union League Club of Chicago, moderating a book talk with Karine Jean-Pierre, Public Affairs Officer|Chicago, Illinois



Friday, February 2, 2018 | Northwestern University Law School | Chicago, Illinois | Symposium: Women in Politics: Where we are; where we are going


Thursday, March 8, 2018 | International Women’s Day celebration in Joliet, Illinois; hosted by Illinois State Senator, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant|Every day is Election Day: #PowerToThePolls.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | #VoteHerIn book launch celebration, co-hosted by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Foundation for Women| Chicago, Illinois


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Vote Her In book talk and signing; at Busboys and Poets |Washington, D.C.


Monday, October 29, 2018| Vote Her In book talk and signing, with Dr. Lauren Streicher, author of Sex RX, hosted by Chicago NOW |Chicago, Ill.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 | #VoteHerIn book launch celebration, hosted by Women & Children First| Chicago, Illinois 


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 |Vote Her In book talk and signing; in conversation with University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Dean, Katherine Baicker | University of Chicago Ida Noyes Hall | 12:30-1:30pm |Chicago, Illinois


Saturday, November 24, 2018 |Vote Her In book talk and signing| Easthampton, Massachusetts


Friday, November 30, 2018 |Vote Her In book talk and signing and community women’s celebration| Water Street Glassworks | 6:00-8:00pm |Benton Harbor, Michigan

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Friday, December 7, 2018 |Vote Her In book talk, signing and holiday celebration| Lubeznik Center for the Arts | 5:00-8:00pm |Michigan City, Indiana


Tuesday, December 11, 2018 |Vote Her In Facebook book LIVE| YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago; CEO, Dorri McWhorter hosts| 9:30 am|Chicago, Illinois


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | UN Women Chicago | Chicago, Illinois | discussion on why women’s political leadership matters

Friday, February 17, 2017| Women’s Service Project, University of Chicago Institute of Politics | Chicago, Illinois | strategies for success as a woman committed to public leadership and service

Monday, March 20, 2017| Association of Women Journalists-Chicago | Chicago, Illinois | “…a conversation with Rebecca Sive on media, politics, women’s issues and more…” For information and to register: click here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017|How Do We Elect More Women & People of Color|a program of On the Table, a project of the Chicago Community Trust| Chicago, Illinois | 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017|A conversation at the Harold Ramis Film School  at Second City about challenges for women in executive leadership in Hollywood and the film industry, led by producer Trevor Albert| Chicago, Illinois|

Saturday, June 3, 2017| Western Illinois University, Ready to Run program| Moline, Illinois | keynote speech on themes and strategies for success as a woman political candidate|

Sunday, June 4, 2017| Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Building Her Community and Changing the World for the (way) Better| Glencoe, Illinois |

Sunday, June 11, 2017 | City of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival| Chicago, Illinois | panelist: “Remembering Amy Van Singel, noted author and radio personality”

Friday, June 16, 2017 | Carleton College, Reunion Weekend|Northfield, Minnesota| moderator of a panel of distinguished alumni, including women business and public service leaders, on their secrets of professional and personal success

Friday, August 11, 2017|St. Joseph, Michigan| “Pure Michigan includes lots more #GirlPolitics!” Book signing for Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|The Girl Talk |Chicago, Illinois| “Now, more than ever, it’s #GirlPolitics time”

Friday, August 25, 2017| YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Women’s Leadership Forum|Chicago, Illinois| “Every day is Election Day for every woman,” speech

Wednesday, October 11, 2017| EverThrive|Chicago, Illinois| “Every day is Election Day for every woman,” a speech on women winning

Thursday, October 19, 2017| Chicago Foundation for Women|Chicago, Illinois| 32nd annual luncheon. Moderator for discussion with Dolores Huerta, a co-founder of the United Farmworkers, and Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017| Chicago Bar Association Pro Bono Week |Chicago, Illinois| Panelist for program on why pro bono work matters, and why it is important for women lawyers to engage in this way.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017| Blue Beginning|Chicago, Illinois| I will be speaking about the importance of political participation. and the variety of ways in which it can occur.

Monday, December 11, 2017|A conversation at the Harold Ramis Film School  at Second City about challenges for women who seek leadership roles in  Hollywood and the entertainment industry, led by producer Trevor Albert| Chicago, Illinois|

Wednesday, December 13, 2017|Keynote for event benefiting Sol Flores and Maria Newman, two great candidates for Congress in Chicago| Chicago, Illinois| For information and tickets: go here.


Monday, February 22, 2016 | The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Seattle, Washington | Presentation on women’s public leadership, and why it matters

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | The University of Chicago | Chicago, Illinois | Civic Leadership Academy | Presentation on social justice movements and political and policy change

Monday, May 9, 2016 | The Chicago Public Library| Chicago, Illinois | Harold Washington Library Center |  Presentation on the influence and impact of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | National Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators Latinas Lead: facilitating strategic planning to advance Latina political leadership in the United States

Friday, October 7, 2016 | Associate Professors of Dermatology | Chicago, Illinois | Presentation: “When Women Lead, Women Win.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016| Carleton College | Northfield, Minnesota | Alumni Webinar: “The Meaning of the 2016 POTUS Election”



Thursday, February 19, 2015 | Chicago Foundation for Women | Chicago, Illinois | Chicago Foundation for Women Young Women’s Giving Council | “A Conversation on Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Leadership Among Women.” | For information and to purchase tickets, visit Chicago Foundation for Women.


Friday, February 27, 2015 | Navigant 2015 Women in Business Leadership Forum | Overcoming impediments to women’s business advancement, including sex, politics, and money! In honor of my speaking, a special drink was created (see image below.) | San Diego, California


Thursday, March 12, 2015 | Chicago Finance Exchange | Book signing for the program featuring: The Hon.Toni Preckwinkle (President, Cook County Board of Commissioners; and Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guideinterviewee) | Chicago, Illinois

Window sign in EILEEN FISHER stores nationwide, promoting sale of Every Day Is Election Day.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Discussion about Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide, for women business executives, hosted by the Chicago

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Finance Exchange | Chicago, Illinois

Friday, April 17, 2015 | University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy | “A conversation on women’s leadership,” with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan” | Chicago, Illinois


Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | International Women Associates | “Women who win: what they know, and how they do it” | Chicago, Illinois

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Saturday, June 6, 2015 | Western Illinois University | Keynote speaker for “Ready to Run” | Macomb, Illinois


Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 | University of Texas  | Center for Women’s & Gender Studies New Leadership program | Austin, Texas


Friday, September 25, 2015 | University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences| “Women who lead: what they know and how they do it” | Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, October 1, 2015| Tenth District Democrats University | “Women in Politics” | Northbrook, Illinois

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Friday, October 23, 2015 | Booth School of Business, University of Chicago | Booth Women Connect Conference | Moderator for: “Building Your Professional Brand” | Chicago, Illinois


Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Conference | “When Women Lead, Women Win”


Friday, December 4, 2015 | N.O.B.E.L. Women | “Launching Your Political Leadership Career” | Washington, D.C.

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2014 APPEARANCES include:


Wednesday, December 4, 2014 | Chicago Women in Philanthropy

Presentation on women’s public leadership and a book signing | Chicago, Illinois


Sunday, November 23, 2014 | Founding Conference of VoteRunLead: “Call-to-Arms” Keynote Address | Minneapolis, Minnesota


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Delta State University | Speech on strategies for women in public leadership, as part of a week long series: “Women in Politics.” | Cleveland, Mississippi


Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | TABOO: a conversation on sex, money and politics, hosted by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago featuring moderator Christie Hefner, and panelists, Dr. Lauren Streicher on sex, and yours’-truly on politics. | Chicago, Illinois


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 |  Young Women’s Leadership Charter School | Talk about women’s public leadership and book signing | Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Presentation for AGL Resources executive women’s retreat on women’s public leadership and strategies for professional advancement | Atlanta, Georgia

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 | University of Chicago Bookstore | Book signing and talk for 2014 University of Chicago Alumni Weekend | Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, June 5, 2014 | The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs | New Leadership Ohio: Keynote speech, co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, among others. | Columbus, Ohio


Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership | Book signing and talk | Chicago, Illinois


Friday, May 16, 2014 | Keynote address at the founding conference of:

Women Empowering Women in Legislation and Leadership (WeWill) | Tampa, Florida

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | “Empowering Jewish Women” | Co-hosted by National Council of Jewish Women, North Shore Congregation Israel Sisterhood, Congregation BJBE, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation

of Metropolitan Chicago (among others). | Glencoe, Illinois


Friday, April 25, 2014 | “Every day is Election Day. People are sizing you up every day.” (Said by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu). | Signing Every Day Is Election Day: A Women’s Guide at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival hosted by: Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, Louisiana


Tuesday, April 8, 2014: 6:00 p.m. | Institute of Politics UChicago | Conversation about women’s public leadership and political power with: The Hon.Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners. | Chicago, Illinois


Friday-Saturday, March 21-22, 2014 | Nationwide, EILEEN FISHER stores features Every Day Is Election Day: A Women’s Guide as part of a special partnership to promote women’s leadership. To find the Eileen Fisher store nearest you, click here. To learn more, visit

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Saturday, March 8, 2014: 4:00 pm | California speaking and book signing tour hosted by: Close the Gap California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Palo Alto | Los Angeles, California


Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago | Presentation about women’s public leadership and the roles of Jewish women in public policy, charitable and public service causes, and political life | Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Women in Public Policy, University of Chicago Harris School | Speech about women’s leadership in the public sector, including organizations and philanthropy | Chicago, Illinois

2013 APPEARANCES include:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | “Women and Power” A program hosted

by Leo Burnett, Chicago, and part of the worldwide VivaWomen! Publicis Groupe initiative | Chicago, Ilinois

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Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5:30 pm | Speech for the Center for Women and Democracy | Food for Thought dinner | Seattle, Washington


Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Seattle Girls School | A conversation with the students and faculty about girls’ leadership | Seattle, Washington

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Town Hall Seattle | Speech and book signing on building and sustaining women’s public leadership, hosted by Seattle women leaders, including Sally Clark, City Council President, and Anne Levinson, former deputy mayor | Seattle, Washington


Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Starbucks Headquarters | Speech, book signing and discussion about the importance of women’s public leadership | Seattle, Washington


Monday, November 18, 2013 | Book talk, signing and discussion on women’s public leadership, co-sponsored with the university’s women’s center and hosted by Dean Kellye Testy | University of Washington Law School | Seattle, Washington


Friday, November 8, 2013 | “The Feminine Mystique at Fifty:

Reflecting on the Book That Inspired,Angered and Changed America,” panelist. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Symposium |  The Newberry Library | Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, November 7, 2013 | Roundtable and book signing, featuring the Hon. Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners and Rebecca Sive, sponsored by Chicago Foundation for Women | Chicago, Illinois

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Monday, October 28, 2013 | Barnes & Noble | Book signing and panel discussion with:  Deborah Walsh, director, Center for American Women and Politics, and Caroline Casagrande, Assemblywoman, State of New Jersey | North Brunswick, New Jersey

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Saturday, October 12, 2013 | TEDx talk and book signing | Carleton College | Northfield, Minnesota

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Featuring Erin Murphy, state representative and majority leader, Minnesota House of Representatives, and Kathryn Pearson, Ph.D., professor of political science, University of Minnesota. | Minneapolis, MN


Friday, October 4, 2013 | Book signing hosted by Square Books | at the: 2013 Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: “Women at Work” | Oxford, Mississippi

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 | Speech on American women’s public leadership in the21st century | Delta State University | Cleveland, Mississippi

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | Book signing and talk at Lemuria Books | Hosted by the Women’s Fund of Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Conversation about women’s leadership and book signing, with Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, chair, The Roosevelt Institute, at the institute. | New York, New York


Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | A discussion hosted by the NRDC Action Fund with: Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

and the Hon. Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General | A book signing at this event is sponsored by Women and Children First at The Harold Washington Chicago Public Library | Chicago, Illinois

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 11:00 PM EST | Book Discussion on Every Day Is Election Day: A Women’s GuideFirst airing on C-SPAN

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013, noon | “A conversation on achieving public leadership, power & influence with Rebecca Sive” | Washington Area Women’s Foundation | (Read about the noontime discussion with Storify!) | Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | Book signing and talk: 10:00am Women in Government Relations | Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Book signing and talk: Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse | Washington D.C.


Monday, August 12, 2013 | Presentation to the board: Women’s Legislative Networkof the National Council of State Legislatures | Atlanta, Georgia

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Monday, August 5, 2013 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Women Employed Round Table Discussion | A conversation about women and public leadership

and book signing, hosted by Women Employed and the Northern Trust, and featuring the Hon. Robin Kelly, Member of Congress; Susan Sher, former chief-of-staff for First Lady Michelle Obama; Anne Ladky, executive director of Women Employed; and me. | Watch the video here! |  Chicago, Illinois


Saturday, June 10, 2013 | Keynote: Annual Convention of: Illinois Democratic Women | Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Build Your Brand and Change the World | Mesirow Financial, WomenConnect | Chicago, Illinois

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Saturday, April 20, 2013 | Keynote for Ready to Run Michigan | Grand Valley State University Women’s Center | Allendale, Michigan

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Keynote: Conquering Barriers to Women’s Public Leadership | 2013 Conference | Click here to watch! | Women’s Funding Network | Detroit, Michigan

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Friday, March 8, 2013 | Click to read the speech: “A Fascinating Feminist, Rebecca Sive, Talks about Chicago’s Own Jane Addams” | The Caxton Club | Chicago, Illinois