Book Trailer Premiere: Leading the Way: Women in Power

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Mine is because Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell stopped by to share Leading the Way: Women in Power's book trailer and to finish my sentences. I wrote the words in purple, Senator Janet Howell wrote the words in black, and Theresa Howell wrote the words in green. Thank you, Janet and Theresa! 


Leading the Way: Women in Power’s book trailer captures the spirit in which Theresa and I worked together on this project. We were inspired the whole time by the women we were writing about and we had a great time together throughout the whole process. I think that comes through—our excitement for the book, our admiration for the women, and our respect for each other.

Jeannette Rankin, Shirley Chisholm, and Sandra Day O’Connor were trailblazers and today they are role models. It’s incredibly important to be able to point to women in roles of leadership. We believe that if girls have strong role models, they can visualize themselves in roles of leadership. Jeannette Rankin, Shirley Chisholm, and Sandra Day O’Connor each felt the enormity of the roles they took on, and because of their persistence, bravery, and their talent, they have lead the way for women today.

Alexandra Bye and Kylie Akia have brought this book to life! The combination of Alexandra’s fabulous lettering and Kylie’s portraits adds flare, color, and breath into the book. Their artwork allows Leading the Way to be read on multiple levels—for the art, for the insights into what tactics the women used as leaders with Alexandra’s power buttons, and for the inspirational quotes. Each component stands out on its own but also works in perfect harmony with the text.

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I hope Leading the Way: Women in Power sheds light on the incredible accomplishments women have made to our country throughout its history. And through those stories, I hope the book empowers young people to see that they have what it takes to effect change and make a difference in the world if they want to. Each of the stories in the book starts with a childhood tale about the featured women so that kids can put themselves in their shoes—see themselves in these stories. Not only is this book a collection of stories, it’s also a call to action. We want kids to feel inspired and realize that they themselves can do this. As long as they have the dream and the desire, they can change the world. The take-action guide in the back is meant to give readers tips for how they can stand up, speak out, and make their own voices heard.

The women featured in Leading the Way: Women in Power come from diverse historical, ethnic, and ideological backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: through persistence they made a difference. Theirs are the shoulders women and girls stand on today. We wanted their stories and contributions to be known so that those continuing on the path of leadership in American politics realize where we’ve been so they can take us where we need to go. The history of women in American politics is fascinating. Did you know that the first woman elected mayor of a city in the United States was put on the ballot as a cruel joke or that the first woman to ever run for president was in jail on election day, not that she could have voted for herself anyway, because women were still 40 years away from having the right to vote! As can be seen in the stories of the women in the book, women have come a long way, and every day we make progress.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreword
brought us to tears the first time we read it. The fact that she--the woman who has lead in so many different capacities, throughout so many decades and periods of our history--wrote the foreword to this book moved us beyond belief. Her words perfectly capture the spirit of Leading the Way. I can’t think of a more powerful introduction to the book. Such an honor.


On October 8, 2019 when Leading the Way: Women in Power comes out, readers young and old, boys and girls, will get to read the amazing stories of fifty women, who, despite enormous hurdles, stood up, spoke out, made a difference, and changed the course of American politics. 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Think about that—women have had the right to vote for less than half of our nation’s history. Nonetheless, women have used their resources and fought hard to make their voices heard. We’re excited for many of their stories to be known.




Look for Leading the Way: Women in Power on October 8, 2020. 

In this engaging and highly accessible compendium for young readers and aspiring power brokers, Virginia Senator Janet Howell and her daughter-in-law Theresa Howell spotlight the careers of fifty American women in politics — and inspire readers to make a difference.

Meet some of the most influential leaders in America, including Jeannette Rankin, who, in 1916, became the first woman elected to Congress; Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress; Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court; and Bella Abzug, who famously declared, “This woman’s place is in the House…the House of Representatives!” This engaging and wide-ranging collection of biographies highlights the actions, struggles, and accomplishments of more than fifty of the most influential leaders in American political history — leaders who have stood up, blazed trails, and led the way.

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