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Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead

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Pearls, Politics, and Power is a call to action for new political engagement and leadership from the women of America. Informed by conversations with elected women leaders from all levels, former three-term Vermont Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine M. Kunin asks: What difference do women make? What is the worst part of politics, and what is the best part? Wh ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Sep 28, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
Madeleine Kunin got me excited about the prospect of women making changes at the grassroots level, to the extent that I found myself checking YouTube at various points to hear more from particular state legislators or local officials, not even from my own state! It was really inspiring to put faces to the names and learn more about what people were trying to change and enact in local politics (particularly when they were young and not jaded - she interviews several women in their twenties who ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Madeleine Kunin makes some excellent arguments about the barriers that female politicians face and what society can do to mitigate them. She makes an appealing case for public service. I enjoyed reading all of the testimonial evidence she gathered during her interviews with female legislators and governors. Pearls, Politics and Power was an engaging read and I really enjoyed it! As for another reviewer's comments about the typos, I know the publisher is working to fix these for those who read ...more
Linda Robinson
Jan 12, 2012 Linda Robinson rated it liked it
Decent political memoir, although repeating that the best way for women to enter the political arena is to have government experience is, well, useless. A good career well written. Politics could use more women. Just like everything thing else on the planet.
Jul 08, 2013 Annissa rated it did not like it
I found this quite depressing. It reminded me of how far society has to come and offered little in terms of advice or inspiration. One particularly upsetting anecdote:

"When Sylvia Larsen (D), president of the New Hampshire state senate, first ran for city council, her husband, a trial lawyer, was concerned because their youngest child was still in nursery school and she wouldn't be home on Monday nights when the council met. "My husband committed to staying home with the kids, and in return for
Jul 25, 2011 Ari rated it liked it
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Ugh there were some typos! It may sound silly but that seriously affected my enjoyment of the book because I felt it was a sign of carelessness on the publisher's part. I also wished that women in other areas of government were discussed, women who are behind the scenes or very prominent but still don't receive media coverage (such as female ambassadors, senior officials, etc). I did however like that the author stressed that the people behind the scenes on campaigns are equally important as ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Casey rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I have heard Madeline Kunin speak and found her to be very motivational but upon reading this book, which I was very excited for, I have a more jaded view about her stance on women in politics.

Reading this book was a similar emotion to wanting a feast and eating chicken noodle soup. Although there were interesting insights into Kunin's and several other female politicians rise to power, I was hoping for a political commentary on the situation for women in
Peacefully Evyl
Jul 08, 2008 Peacefully Evyl rated it liked it
I enjoyed the subject matter of this book, and I learned a lot. However, I did not like Kunin's writing style at all, and I found myself constantly correcting sentence structure and word choice. I feel like Kunin definitely did her homework, lots of interviews and research, it was just her writing style that I didn't like.
Jan 16, 2011 Janetbeegle rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Gift from my soon to be daughter in law Kyle. I live in VT so reading a book by our former governor made it that more interesting. The book is also rather sobering--even though women have certainly made gains in the number of political offices held, they are still quite underrepresented overall.
May 28, 2009 Caroline rated it really liked it
I'm always interested in books that talk about the challenges women face as leaders. Our generation has a whole new dilema- how, now that the world is our oyster, do we juggle being mothers, wives, leaders and followers? Kunin's book is a great read when delving into this discussion.
Brittany Bennett
Feb 26, 2013 Brittany Bennett rated it it was amazing
Very inspirational book. Especially for any young woman considering going into politics as a career and having a family. Also a very helpful book in teaching young women that age shouldn't stop them nor their gender.
Dec 26, 2011 carmille rated it really liked it
Received this as a gift, but enjoyed it for the most part. I couldn't help but wonder though, if the book was part of a Hilary Clinton '08 campaign strategy. Also, with many references to Title IX, I was surprised there weren't more references to Mrs Patsy Mink herself.
Catarina Gutierrez
Dec 18, 2008 Catarina Gutierrez rated it really liked it
So far so good. It's an easy read and quite informative for any woman considering politics as a career.
Oct 13, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it
The author profiles both Democrat and Republican women in politics. She illustrates ways to have women become involved in government and highlights current leaders. There is no mention of Sarah P.
Aug 05, 2008 Kathie rated it it was ok
An inspiring book for women to become more involved in politics by the first woman governor of Vermont. I thought the book got redundant after a few chapters though.
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if i ever have a little girl I will read her this instead of fairy tales. real women who have power and are strong examples of what women can do. loved this book!
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Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of Living a Political Life and is currently a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont and lectures on history and women's studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute ...more
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