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Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World

av Kirsten Gillibrand

Andra författare: Hillary Rodham Clinton (Förord), Elizabeth Weil

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"Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: 'Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you'll have no one to blame but yourself.' A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she'd been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice--all women's voices--were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them. Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military). Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends. In Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand is the tough-love older sister and cheerleader every woman needs. She explains why 'ambition' is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women 'having it all' is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in. Advance praise for Off the Sidelines: 'Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in offering this compellingly personal account of her journey to the U.S. Senate, fulfills a vital public purpose. Writing in a voice that is honest, funny, blunt, and strong, she urges women to get off the sidelines and start changing the world'--Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org; 'What do you get when a woman is the third generation of fierce, kindhearted, and brilliant political activists? You get Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who writes irresistibly, helps in real-life terms, and uses her clout to get more women elected. Off the Sidelines is one of the most helpful, readable, down-to-earth, and truly democratic books ever to come out of the halls of power'--Gloria Steinem; 'Kirsten Gillibrand has written a handbook for the next generation of women to redefine their role in our world. With Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand shows that it's not about getting to the top, or choosing between career and family--it's simply about getting involved'--Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of Thrive"--… (mer)
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Pleasant read by a politician I decided I wanted to read this book on a whim after seeing the news and hype about Senator Gillibrand getting sexist and misogynist remarks about her looks, weight, pregnancy, etc. Won't find tough or hard policy stuff here, but focus on what she has done: relief for 9/11 and Sandy victims, the issue sexual assault in the military and what it's like to climb up the ranks.
 
The book isn't long or a particularly hard read. I wonder if it had been geared towards school-aged people rather than adults or if the language was to reach as broad an audience as possible. Still, overall I found it interesting. I didn't know too much about her prior to this book, but people who are more familiar with her might not find much that is new.
 
Some of the most enjoyable moments are the ones where she discusses parenting her two sons, Henry and Theo and all that entails with being a working mom. It includes letting her older son press the button for her votes, and balancing out picking them up from practices and school.
 
But Gillibrand also reveals a side of Congress that perhaps doesn't get enough light. She talks about how hard it can be with fewer women in a place dominated by white men. She gets remarks about how she looks, how much weight she has lost or gained, even well-meaning (she thinks) words about her trying to lose her baby weight, etc. No names are named, with only the barest of clues to go on (Southern Congressman). It makes me wonder if she gets worse and this is the more polite exchanges.
 
Overall I found it to be an interesting read. This is probably some sort of gateway for some higher office or position, but as a library book borrow it wasn't bad at all. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
3.5 stars. I barely recognized Kirsten Gillibrand's name before I picked up this book, and I just sort of jumped into it for no reason; in fact, I'm reading several other things already, and they all ended up on hold while I sped through this one. You know how political memoirs can seem kind of canned and obviously ghostwritten? Either Gillibrand has a much better ghostwriter, or she was a lot more personally involved, and either way she makes you feel like it's the latter.

You can hear the politician-speak sometimes when she talks about Congress (and her religion, too, although that could just be me projecting; I couldn't help thinking that an American politician HAS to appear religious even if they aren't really, so I never know how much of it is real). But most of the time, what you hear is a real person, one who sounds like she'd actually be great to hang out with, even if she is incessantly optimistic. I love that she swears on Capitol Hill and in her book. I love that she focuses on such important issues, and takes her kids to work. I love that she wrote this book to tell regular people they can be important. "There are women doing amazing things, and you should be one of them." She's not the first to talk about getting involved, but she's one of the first I've read to make it sound real, and normal. Not that her own path was what most of us would call normal (like being able to write thousand-dollar checks to get her new career started), but somehow even so, it feels like she is. That's pretty refreshing.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
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"Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: 'Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you'll have no one to blame but yourself.' A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she'd been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice--all women's voices--were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them. Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military). Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends. In Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand is the tough-love older sister and cheerleader every woman needs. She explains why 'ambition' is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women 'having it all' is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in. Advance praise for Off the Sidelines: 'Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in offering this compellingly personal account of her journey to the U.S. Senate, fulfills a vital public purpose. Writing in a voice that is honest, funny, blunt, and strong, she urges women to get off the sidelines and start changing the world'--Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org; 'What do you get when a woman is the third generation of fierce, kindhearted, and brilliant political activists? You get Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who writes irresistibly, helps in real-life terms, and uses her clout to get more women elected. Off the Sidelines is one of the most helpful, readable, down-to-earth, and truly democratic books ever to come out of the halls of power'--Gloria Steinem; 'Kirsten Gillibrand has written a handbook for the next generation of women to redefine their role in our world. With Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand shows that it's not about getting to the top, or choosing between career and family--it's simply about getting involved'--Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of Thrive"--

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