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Rebecca Sive, women's politics writer,speaker(Leading Authorities)and strategist.
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by:  Rebecca Sive,
I am the author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House: August 1, 2013 by Chicago Review Press."...provides a clear and persuasive roadmap to female political success," Publishers Weekly
December 14, 2013

C-suite doors still locked: time to push in from the outside

Dear Readers:

Another year, another report from Catalyst saying: "No progress" for women in the executive suite.

Time to propose a new strategy. And, so, I did so for Huffington Post Business.

I also recommended business women follow the lead of their political sisters and seek public leadership, for both its personal and professional rewards. Here is recent video in which I make the case.

Rebecca Sive

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September 10, 2013

#GirlPolitics Talks #everydayiselectionday on CSPAN

Dear Readers:

Here is a link to my talk at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C, carried live and re-broadcast on CSPAN and also on the Politics and Prose YouTube channel.

Now, it's off to the Big Apple for a talk with Anne Roosevelt, who wrote the foreword to Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House.

Best wishes.

Rebecca Sive

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June 17, 2013

Kirkus: "Essential reading for...female...political leaders"

"An activist and public affairs strategist’s intelligent, no-nonsense guide for women seeking to hold elected office.

"While feminist movements have helped women make inroads into the halls of power, the world of politics is still dominated by males. In this take-charge guide, Sive offers practical advice to women on organizing successful political campaigns that can help women become anything from PTA presidents to U.S. senators and beyond. Using her own experiences along with stories from political women at the municipal, state and national levels, Sive tackles such issues as branding, image management, networking, fundraising, handling the media and dealing with the challenges of gender. Women must learn to shrug off sexist criticisms (“If being blunt and efficient means being called a bitch, so what?”) but also be ready to “haul out the pink sweater” when necessary. They must also learn to play hardball if they want to win since “softball is only played at campaign photo-ops.” At the same time, women must also know when to put aside differences and negotiate compromises. Failure is an inevitable part of the process as well. And to be successful, women candidates need to be able to transform loss into an opportunity for a future win. Above all, women must adopt a no-limits attitude to achieve power. The higher the position they seek, the more likely it is that they will have to make sacrifices, including those affecting the work-life balance. Commitment to a political life is no easy task, as Sive makes abundantly clear. Yet leadership positions for women are now not only possible, but necessary since the laws that benefit women ultimately benefit their families and everyone whose lives they touch.

"Essential reading for aspiring female policymakers and political leaders."

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June 11, 2013

Publishers Weekly Positively Reviews Every Day Is Election Day

"In her frank and practical first book, public affairs strategist Sive, former member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, provides a clear and persuasive roadmap to female political success, whether it manifests as a PTA election or political office. Breaking the process into four main stages—Every Day is Election Day, Take on The Big Boys, You Can Never Care Too Much and Confront, Co-opt and Control—the author lays out critical strategies, such as effective and specific goal-setting, creating a winning mental state, and compromising with perceived enemies. Offering the precedent-breaking strategies of Senators Mary Landrieu, Amy Klobuchar, and others, Sive holds out a helping hand to women in the political arena. She also strongly advocates to other women the importance of realizing their worth in every aspect of their lives. Sive’s facts-based treatise, which includes a foreword by FDR’s granddaughter, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, provides a practical guide for any woman looking to break the political glass ceiling. Agent: Laurie Abkemeier, DeFiore and Company. (Aug.)"

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March 7, 2013

International Women's Day Edition: How Women Win Public Office

Dear Readers:

Last week, Robin Kelly won the Democratic primary election for the congressional seat previously held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

A safe Democratic seat in a US Congress in which incumbents get re-elected almost all the time, Kelly's win is nevertheless significant: a safe seat opened-up after 17 years meant a lot of competition.

Kelly ran a textbook campaign for women who run to win. I analyzed this here, since I think it very instructive.

Best wishes.

Rebecca Sive

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A R C H I V E / H I G H L I G H T S

Hadiya's Story: Love in the Time of Hate
originally posted: February 20, 2013

Dear Readers:

"Super Bowl weekend was a one-two punch. First, there was the announcement of President Obama's proposed policy the New York Times wrote would mean "churches and religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage on religious grounds would not have to pay for it," notwithstanding the needs of their employees. Next was a picture of the president skeet shooting at Camp David.(Who knew!)

"I couldn't help myself: Super Bowl Sunday I found myself mulling over the state of the union."

At this address:, you may find the rest of this Huffington Post piece of mine, reflecting on the dismal state of the union.

As always, I welcome your comments. Feel free to write to me at:


Rebecca Sive

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(Again) Hillary Clinton Teaches Us How to Run Political Table
originally posted: December 11, 2012

Dear Readers:

"The bottom line is, it's hardball time for American girls political. Whether in D.C. and on the world stage; in Chicago; or, say, in Kentucky, where actress Ashley Judd is contemplating a U.S. senate race (even though she hasn't lived there for years). Wherever you look, the girls are running the bases. No time to cool out. Time to take stock and figure out how to win the next political games for the girls' team."

And the girls' team is led by #Hillary Clinton: Are you listening #Susan Rice?

This one may be found here.

Best wishes,


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A B O U T   T H E   A U T H O R

I write and speak on American women’s pursuit of political leadership and power.

Among other places in 2013,I spoke about Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide, and its motivational and instructive guidance, at Starbucks HQ,University of Washington, National Council of State Legislatures, and TEDx Carleton College.

I also teach on women's public leadership in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Leaders laud:

"Every Day Is Election Day is terrific." Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

"Every Day Is Election Day offers valuable advice, strategies and encouragement to anyone who aspires to rise in public leadership." Clarence Page, Pulitzer-Prize winning syndicated columnist

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