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As a country, we haven't wrapped our heads around what it should look like for a woman to be in the job of President. Our only models are men. This of course was seen during the Hillary Clinton campaign, and no one knows this better than Jennifer Palmieri. While wildly disappointed by the outcome of the election, Palmieri optimistically argues in the book that the Clinton candidacy and all she experienced on the campaign trail - confusion, admiration, hate, love, acceptance, rejection - can now open the country up to reimagining women in leadership roles. And that is what Palmieri takes on in this book - redefining expectations for women looking to lead and creating a blueprint for women candidates and leaders to follow.
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By Lili on 04-15-18
More insights into 2016
Having already read HRC’s book about 2016 this new one from her Communications Director added a new layer of insights.
The book is quite brief yet far reaching. The author worked in Bill Clinton’s WH, Obama’s WH, and for the campaign of John Edwards among other things on her resume. And as horrifically stressful as the 2016 campaign was, for the author it was personally awful as well as she lost her sister within days of losing the election.
The book looks back on many aspects of the election but also looks forward to a time when we will have our first female President after 240 plus years, and how we get there from here.
So I recommend this book to anyone interested in our current situation as well as anyone trying to figure out how to cope day to day with nearly unbearable stress. The author offers insights into both.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Dan Matthews on 04-02-18
Old, white guys also need this vision of the future
I’m a 71-year-old white male. Here’s what I posted to Facebook. “That you are a friend of mine means that you are often distressed these days by what's happening in the world. If you are one of my friends who voted FOR Hillary (as opposed to holding your nose in order to vote against Trump) there is a bit of solace and hope in Jennifer Palmieri's new book, "Dear Madam President" (an excellent listen; read by the author). It is an open letter to that woman of the future who does what Hillary almost did. And to all women and men who would be glad to follow them. If the Communications Director for Clinton, (formerly Communications Director for Obama), who fought like crazy to get Hillary elected, can find a future worth hoping for (which includes lots of women running things) then maybe I can too.
“Those who disliked Hillary will learn some things about her and may dislike her less, but may have some inertia to overcome.”
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