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Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change The World (2014)

by Kirsten Gillibrand(Favorite Author)
3.89 of 5 Votes: 4
0804179077 (ISBN13: 9780804179072)
Ballantine Books
review 1: After watching Senator Gillibrand's interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, I scanned the library catalog and added my name to the waitlist for the book. I am so glad that I did!While this story does touch on some of the legislation and accomplishments of Senator Gillibrand, it is mostly a call to women to make their voices heard. She begins by blasting the idea that a woman wanting a family and a career "wants to have it all." She's right; no one would say that about a man with a family and a career. The book explicitly details how she made her voice heard and provides specific advice for women who might want to climb into a leadership position. She also details how politics is different when women are involved, and how companies are different when women are in pos... moreitions of leadership. And finally, all women can be involved and should be engaged in their communities as role models for their daughters, mentors for other women and girls, in all levels of government from Capitol Hill to the neighborhood association.I loved her stories and felt inspired by her words. But I also enjoyed how she humanized Congress, on both sides of the aisle. Not a single derogatory comment is made about any other politician, even if she has been disappointed by an outcome of a debate or vote. And in fact, she recognizes everyone for trying to do their best to represent their constituents. However, she points out the need for more women in Congress. Women are more than half of the population, and we should be represented as such.This was a very difficult book to put down. I have no ambitions of running for Congress, but there definitely are some things I can put to use in my own career and in my life of public service.
review 2: I really enjoyed reading her book. You could sense her passion and love she has of serving her country as a US Senator. My only dislike was the constant references to Hillary Clinton. There seemed to be a chunk of the book that was an homage to the most influential democrats she's involved with. I did enjoy understanding her background and how it influenced her path to becoming a US Senator. her grandmother and mother seem awesome. I especially liked her section about taking on the department of defense. It was a very insightful read. less
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A Senator who truly believes in working for her cause with strength and tenacity.
it was fantastic. I made me care. I hope she does one day run for president!!!
There's some sexist bullshit over there in Congress it turns out.
If she runs for national office, she's got my vote.
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