In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change

In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change

by Stephanie MacKendrick


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Written for young women interested in running for office, this book is unlike any other, with inspiring stories of eighteen women role models along with the all the tools and resources needed to get a campaign off the ground.

Stephanie MacKendrick, a former journalist now dedicated to women's career advancement, believes the time for women in political leadership is now. Judging by the recent wave of activism that developed into a flood of women seeking elected office, she's not alone.

MacKendrick has created a one-of-kind insider's guide for young women interested in joining this movement and becoming part of the political system. It explores everything from what to expect in a campaign, to how to deal with the inevitable challenges, to why it's worth it to run. It combines uplifting stories of women who have run for office with practical strategies for doing so.

Perfect as both a cover-to-cover read and a reference tool, the text is divided into three parts: first, engaging profiles that include the personal advice and encouragement of eighteen women who have run for office across the political spectrum, around the world and at all levels of politics, from Michelle Wu, past president of the Boston City Council, to Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand; second, a detailed twelve-step campaign plan with advice on developing the qualities needed to run; and third, a collection of articles, books and organizations to help eager readers learn more. Also included is a foreword by Anne Moses, founder and president of IGNITE.

Offering equal parts inspiration and information, this unique guidebook is just the thing to help young women transform 'I'll think about it' into 'I'll do it!'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781525300356
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 648,087
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

With a background in journalism and communications, author Stephanie MacKendrick is also the former president of Canadian Women in Communications and former board president of the International Alliance for Women.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anne Moses of IGNITE 7

What's Inside? 9

Introduction: A Matter of Confidence 12

Part 1 The Journey

Michelle Stilwell - When the Impossible Becomes "No Obstacle" Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, Canada 18

Kyrsten Sinema - From Homelessness to Capitol Hill Senator representing Arizona, United States 25

Juliana Lunguzi - Dare to Make Change Former Member of Parliament representing Dedza East, Malawi 32

Catherine McKenna - She's No "Climate Barbie" Member of Parliament representing Ottawa Centre, Canada 37

Michelle Wu - The Unexpected Path to Politics Member-at-large and past president, city council of Boston, United States 43

Mala Lattouf - There Are No Camel Taxis Minister of social development, Jordan 51

Kim Campbell - Breaking Barriers with No Regrets Former prime minister of Canada 58

Jacinda Ardern - Putting the Blaze in Trailblazing Prime minister, New Zealand 66

Kirsten Gillibrand - Wanted: Full-Time Dragon Slayer Senator representing New York, United States 73

Stav Shaffir - Corruption Stands No Chance Member of the Knesset, Israel 80

Jaime Herrera Beutler - Standing Up, Standing Out U.S. representative, Washington, United States 88

Rona Ambrose - Be Authentic, Be Bold Former leader of the Opposition and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada 94

Jenny Durkan - Intrepid Change Agent Mayor of Seattle, United States 103

Jo Swinson - Run Early, Run Hard Former Member of Parliament, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, and leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, United Kingdom 113

Beth Fukumoto - Political Courage in the Moment of Truth Member of Hawaii House of Representatives, United States 119

Shaharzad Akbar - a Leap of Faith Senior advisor to the president and high development councils, Afghanistan 128

Erin Moran - Young and Unstoppable Board trustee, Waunakee village, Wisconsin, United States 140

Eva Aariak - One Woman, One Mission Former premier of Nunavut territory, Canada 147

Cori Bush - What Makes Cori Run? Candidate and former candidate for U.S. Congress, United States 155

Part 2 The Playbook

Section 1.0 Getting Yourself Prepared 164

Setting Realistic Expectations

Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Making a Personal Support Plan

Developing Resiliency

Using Emotions to Help You

Training for Combat

Building Confidence: From "Who, Me?" to "Why Not Me?"

Getting a Hand Up - Finding Mentors to Guide You

Finding Your Passion - What Drives You?

Volunteering - Get Involved!

Communicating with Skill

Section 2.0 Getting Started - Your 12-Step Campaign Plan Workbook 203

Assess and Build Your Support System

Identify the Issues That Matter Most to You

Learn the Local Rules and Regulations

Consider Your Funding

Learn About the Office and Jurisdiction

Learn About the Voters

Learn About the Political VIPs

Assemble Your Team

Build Your Campaign Platform

Frame Your Core Messages

Handle the Finances

Write Your Campaign Plan

Part 3 The Deep Dive

I Finding Support and Learning How: Organizations Supporting Women Candidates 230

II Essential Information 232

III Campaign Basics: Learning the Ropes 235

IV Campaign Costs: Raising and Handling Campaign Funds 236

V Books and Articles That Inspire and Inform

VI Live Viewing of Government Proceedings 238

Sources 239

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