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The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World

Posted at 10:03 AM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 10:03:16-04

As a result of the 2018 midterms, a record number of women are serving in Congress - and there are no signs of this wave stopping!

But how do you start on this journey? How can you take the issues you’re passionate about and turn them into a compelling platform? And once you do, how can you overcome the myriad of obstacles you might encounter?

Actress June Diane Raphael, star of Grace and Frankie(Netflix) and co-host of the popular "How Did This Get Made" podcast had these same questions when she herself thought of running for office after the 2016 election. But try as she might, she couldn’t find an accessible resource. So she created one. Teaming up with Kate Black, former chief of staff at EMILY’s List who has spent over a decade working in politics, they have written: REPRESENT: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World (Workman Publishing; September 2019),an easy-to-follow guide for any woman interested in elected office, whether it’s school board, local city council, or Congress.

An energetic, interactive, and inspiring step-by-step guide, REPRESENT teaches readers how to run for the approximately 500,000 elected offices in the US. Written with humor and honesty and structured around a 21-pointdocument called “I’m Running for Office. The Checklist,” it covers everything.