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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

With expert guidance and abundant resources, this practical and inspirational guide is for women at all stages of life who want to seek and win public leadership and public office at any level. According to research, women considering leadership positions or running for elected office are more inhibited than men by family concerns and by a lack of confidence, and speaking directly to these issues, this book offers pragmatic advice and strategies for women’s daily lives as advocates, candidates, and powerbrokers and shares the true-life stories, secrets of success, and frank suggestions of women who have led, run, and won. This handy reference teaches women how to surmount public barriers, conquer private fears, and run a winning campaign—be it for a PTA position, board president, U.S. senator, or beyond—with joy, humor, confidence, and no apologies.


“[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

Rebecca Sive is president of the Sive Group, Inc., a public affairs strategy company. She has held numerous public positions, including commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. After cofounding the Midwest Women’s Center, she went on to assist many groundbreaking political women as an adviser and fund-raiser, including Geraldine Ferraro and U.S. senators Barbara Mikulski, Mary Landrieu, Debbie Stabenow, and Amy Klobuchar. In addition, she has developed and led many programs to increase women's visibility and influence in American public life. She lives in Chicago. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is the granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and chairs the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization carrying forward the legacy and values of her grandparents. She has a long history of volunteer service on the boards of the March of Dimes, Roosevelt University, Spelman College, and the Foundation for the National Archives, and is currently a member of the board of directors for the Maine Community Foundation and NetImpact. She lives in Portland, Maine.