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Every Day Is Election Day
Every Day Is Election Day

Every Day Is Election Day

A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2013

ISBN 9781613746622

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Aug 2013)

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Gain the experience, money, and influence that lead to public power

Every Day Is Election Day is a practical, inspirational guide for women who want to achieve political leadership and influence public policy. In her no-nonsense, woman-to-woman style, public affairs strategist and consultant Rebecca Sive offers insider advice for women’s daily lives as advocates, candidates, and powerbrokers. This accessible primer explains how to surmount public barriers, conquer private fears, and run a campaign with humor, confidence, and no apologies. Sive provides tips for realizing the power of sisterhood, bankrolling oneself, creating an inimitable brand, and getting men to accept a take-charge personality. She also shares the secrets of success, and frank suggestions from women who have led, run, and won, including US senators Mary Landrieu and Debbie Stabenow; Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards; Cook County, Illinois, board president Toni Preckwinkle; feminist activist Shelby Knox; and many others. Whether you want to become more actively involved in the issues you care about, or you’re considering a run for a PTA position, board president, US senator or beyond, Every Day Is Election Day will inspire you to stand up, stand out, and treat each day as part of a winning campaign.


“[Sive] brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and wisdom to the subject, and she has the credibility to give sound guidance to women who seek public office and an influential voice in the public square.” —Debbie Walsh, Director of Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP)

"Every Day Is Election Day is a good blend of personal, and behind the scenes, anecdotes with extrapolated, actionable lessons learned." —Christie Hefner, executive chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, and board member, Center for American Progress Action Fund

"Think you could make better decisions than the leaders who are running things now? Through the inspiring stories of women who won office despite heavy odds, Every Day is Election Day offers valuable advice, strategies and encouragement for anyone who aspires to rise in leadership." —Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist

“Essential reading for aspiring female policymakers and political leaders.” —Kirkus

“A clear and persuasive roadmap to female political success.” —Publishers Weekly

"While I have yet to set my eye on political office, I still found Sive's advice helpful in the workplace, as it can apply to any situation in which a woman is looking to become a leader, especially in environments dominated by men." —Adrienne Urbanski, Bust

"Every Day Is Election Day is the Lean In of the political world." —Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General

"Every Day Is Election Day is terrific. Advocates like Rebecca Sive—dedicated to educating and empowering the next generation of women leaders—make me so confident in our country's future."  —Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood

Author Biography

Author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House and University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Lecturer, Rebecca Sive, (, writes and speaks on American women's pursuit of public leadership and political power. A founding member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Sive has been a leader of many public-interest organizations; an adviser to other women leaders, including some featured in Every Day Is Election Day; and among organizers of women's issues agendas for presidents Clinton and Obama. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is a granddaughter of President Franklin (FDR) and Eleanor Roosevelt and chairs the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization carrying forward the legacy and values of her grandparents