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Madeleine Kunin Speaks on “Pearls, Politics, and Power”
May 2, 2008 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
The former three-term Vermont Governor asks: What will it take for women to assume their rightful places in the corridors of political power? What difference do women make? What is the worst part of politics, and what is the best part? What inspires women to run, and how do they prepare themselves for public life? How do they raise money, protect their families’ privacy, deal with criticism and attack ads, and work with the good old boys? Her new book is Pearls, Politics and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead (2008).
About Madeleine M. Kunin
Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of Living a Political Life and is currently a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont and lectures on history and women’s studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
About Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead
Her new book, Pearls, Politics, and Power (Chelsea Green), is a call to action for new political engagement and leadership from the women of America. Informed by conversations with elected women leaders from all levels, former three-term Vermont Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine M. Kunin asks: What difference do women make? What is the worst part of politics, and what is the best part? What inspired these women to run, and how did they prepare themselves for public life? How did they raise money, protect their families’ privacy, deal with criticism and attack ads, and work with the good old boys?
Kunin’s core message is that America needs an infusion of new leadership to better address the major problems of our time. To see how women can achieve that goal, she combines her personal experience in politics; the lessons of past women’s movements; the stories of young women today who have new ideas about their role in society; and interviews with a wide range of women in positions of power, looking for clues to their leadership, as well as the effects of gender stereotyping. She interviews Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, analyzes her campaign, and addresses the question: “Is the country ready?” Other interviewees include U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez, Deborah Pryce, and Tammy Baldwin, and U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Amy Klobuchar, and Carol Moseley Braun, and Governors Kathleen Sibelius and Janet Napolitano.
“Here’s the book we’ve been waiting for—an insider’s view of the role of women in politics by one of America’s most distinguished public servants. Governor, federal executive, ambassador, Madeleine Kunin has seen it all. And her keen eye and her deep understanding of the challenge of gender in wielding power has produced a wonderfully insightful book that should be read by every women, and man, who wants to lead.” —Robert B. Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley
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