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LISTEN: Former VT Governor, Madeleine Kunin, on Here & Now

Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead) appeared on the program Here & Now on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR Monday to discuss the obstacles women still face when entering politics

H&N: Governor Kunin, at the heart of your book is the question, “Why don’t more women run for office?” What was your answer?

MK: Well, I think there are a couple of things at work. One is that politics has such a bad reputation, you know, we all know the downsides, you know, that you’re vulnerable, that it’s dirty, that there’s lying, so we forget that that’s where the action really is. That’s where the $100 million gets appropriated, and the only way it gets appropriated if you sit at the table, or in the chamber, and cast a vote. So we have to encourage more women to recognize that that’s where the ultimate power resides.

We also have to seek them out, you know, we have to recruit them. And then support them, not just financially—though that’s very important. You know, more women, especially with young children, have a lot of juggling to do, to do this 24/7 job and also take care of their families.

Listen here.


Revisiting Naomi Wolf’s Call to Patriots–10 Years Later

Reading Naomi Wolf’s book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot today is an eerie experience. Written in 2007, it detailed the ways in which the Bush administration was beginning to chip away at the freedoms of American citizens. It outlined the ten steps dictators or would-be dictators take when their […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More
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