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LISTEN: Madeleine Kunin: In Women Representatives, US Lags Behind

Former governor of Vermont and author of Pearls, Politics, and Power Madeleine Kunin spoke to Better World Books‘ Dana Barrett (No, not that Dana Barrett) at the recent Green Festival in Washington DC about women in politics, the recent elections, and her new book.

They discussed the things that make some women hesitant to go into politics (many women can’t stand conflict), as well as some of the qualities women possess that would translate well to the world of politics: women are consensus builders, and they are more likely to reach out and be sympathetic to groups outside the power structure, perhaps because they themselves have been outside it for so long.

LISTEN NOW: Madeleine Kunin on Paging Authors Podcast

MK: What shocked me in researching this book is how the United States ranks with the rest of the world. We are, as of this election…17% of the Congress today is female. You know, Iraq and Afghanistan are 25 and 27%. So, why in this democratic country, where women have all the opportunities for education and leadership—why are we behind the rest of the world?

Some of the answers are that women still, and I talked to a young woman after my talk this morning, and she said, “You know, you’ve got to say this again and again.” She volunteered in the Obama campaign, worked with women and men, and she said the guys, you know, when they failed, they sloughed it off. “Oh, too bad. Somebody will fix it.” The women always took it personally. So, sometimes we take the battleground of politics too personally. She also said the women worked twice as hard as the men, and she said a lot of the guys are going to go back home and run for office. And the women aren’t saying that. So, with this, you know, historic election where so many young women and young men were involved, it’s my, you know, hope, and my plea almost: “Don’t stop now!” You know, if you got a taste of politics, you found out it makes a difference, you helped elect this agent of change, Barack Obama—stay with it! And, you know, put your toe in the water yourself, and you might find the water’s fine.

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Chelsea Green Weekly for May 5, 2017

Ever wonder what your favorite Chelsea Green authors do between writing groundbreaking–both literally and figuratively–books? Here are the best links and resources for your weekend reading pleasure. Let’s start with The Alzheimer’s Antidote. The Alzheimer’s Antidote Amy Berger has been making the rounds on the health, wellness, and fitness circuit, explaining the theories behind her revolutionary […] Read More

Q&A with Kate Raworth about her radical new book, DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS

Q: First things first: Why did you want to write this book? A: I studied economics at university 25 years ago because I wanted to make a difference in the world and believed that economics – the mother tongue of public policy – would best equip me to do that. Instead, its theories left me […] Read More

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
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