Who Wants a Copy of “She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics…and the World”
In a complicated political era when the United States feels divided, this book celebrates feminism and female contributions to politics, activism, and communities. Each of the forty-four women profiled in this illustrated book has demonstrated her capabilities and strengths in political and community leadership and activism, both in the United States and around the world. Written in an approachable, journalistic tone and rounded out by beautiful color portraits, history, key political processes, terminology, and thought-provoking quotes, this book will inspire and encourage women everywhere to enact change in their own communities and to pursue opportunities in public affairs.
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Author Caitlin Donohue offers a few words for Broke Ass Stuart readers on She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics . . . and the World:
“I did not write it for fangirls.” I’ve found myself repeating this line from my first book She Represents throughout its roll out. There is a tendency to think that all content we present to young adults must be positive, that content about women must be one-note congratulatory, that there are good gals and bad gals and voting is about figuring out into which of those two categories a candidate falls.
But politics should be about accountability, not exultation, and She Represents offers more analysis than cheerleading. In the book, I utilized my experience as a San Francisco cultural journalist to write mini-biographies of 45 global women political leaders (admittedly, most are from the United States—we always did have the tendency to center ourselves.) Chapters examine the life circumstances that shaped these women’s political beliefs, their awesome achievements, quotable quotes, and where they’ve fallen short as elected officials.
Granted, the book is gorgeous, thanks to Philadelphia illustrator Briana Arrington’s full-page, full-color portraits of the women profiled. But She Represents is more than a glittery cheer for “girl power,” it’s an introduction to political awareness for young people, an honest look at the road to power for women in today’s society and the compromises that many are forced to make. A good title with which to arm ourselves as we head into the elections that promise to test our understanding of political destiny.