There are some very important women in Congress, but we can all agree that women aren’t as represented in the United States Senate as they should be. Of the 100 available senate seats, women hold 21. That is the highest percentage in history. I have high hopes that more and more women will be inspired to run for the Senate, and to win, in coming years. In the meantime we can learn from the women who have already won their elections. Here are all of the books by sitting women in the Senate, either written entirely by them or featuring them in some writing capacity.
The following women are currently in the US Senate, but have not yet written books: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patty Murray (D-WA).
As someone who’s very aware of politics and of book publishing, it is interesting to see who has published books when and who will publish them in the future, because there is a trend of future candidates publishing books, including memoirs and thinly veiled policy plans, just before major elections. While some of these women have not written books yet, it is likely that they will if they want to run for higher office in 2020 or beyond.
Identity Theft: By David A May and James E Headley with a Forward by Maria Cantwell (D-WA)Although a relatively new crime, identity theft has dramatically increased in occurrence and severity since the early 1990s. By definition, identity theft is the obtainment and fraudulent use of another person’s personal information, which can be relatively innocuous or much more serious. A talented criminal can take another individual’s social security number, credit card information, checks, or other personal information, and use that information to impersonate the individual, manipulating a system that increasingly relies on nonpersonal identifiers. The political, legal, and criminal justice systems are struggling to catch up with the identity theft epidemic, while struggling with the technology that gives rise to it.
Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate by Susan Collins (R-ME) and moreWhat a difference a woman makes. The nine women of the United States Senate have changed the political landscape, and there’s no turning back. Now, for the first time, in Nine and Counting, readers will be treated to an inside view of their private and public lives. As the senators share their stories and reflections with refreshing candor, insight, and humor, they demonstrate how ordinary women can overcome barriers and achieve extraordinary goals. These nine women are more different than they are alike. Their backgrounds, personal styles, and political ideals are as diverse as the United States itself. Yet they share a commonality that runs deeper than politics or geography: the desire to give voice to all of their constituents while serving as role models for women young and old. Each seantor brings her unique perspective to the mix.
Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt with a forward by Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)In Iraq, the front lines are everywhere . . . and everywhere in Iraq, no matter what their job descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are fighting–more than 155,000 of them. A critical and commercial success in hardcover, Band of Sisters presents a dozen groundbreaking and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in combat in Iraq, such as the U.S.s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the militarys first black female pilot in combat, a young turret gunner defending convoys, and a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own.
An unauthorized biography of Dianne Feinstein portrays a childhood of pain and privilege, her rise to power as mayor of San Francisco, the tragic Milk and Moscone slayings, and her successful campaign for the Senate in 1992.
Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, Change Your World by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)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).
Smart on Crime by Kamala Harris (D-CA)The old approaches to fighting crime just aren’t working. Two thirds of people released from prison commit anothercrime within two years. In Smart on Crime, career prosecutor Kamala D. Harris shatters the old distinctions, rooted in false choices and myths, and offers a compelling argument for how to make the criminal justice system truly, not just rhetorically, tough. Harris spells out the necessary shifts that will increase public safety, reduce costs, and strengthen our communities when our politicians and law enforcement officials learn how to become tough and smart on crime.
Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action. Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren’s trademark, This Fight Is Our Figh ttells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people—she won’t sit down, she won’t be silenced, and she will fight back.
The Senator Next Door by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has tackled every obstacle she’s encountered–her parents’ divorce, her father’s alcoholism and recovery, her political campaigns and Washington’s gridlock–with honesty, humor and pluck. Now, in The Senator Next Door, she chronicles her remarkable heartland journey, from her immigrant grandparents to her middle-class suburban upbringing to her rise in American politics. Optimistic, plainspoken and often very funny, The Senator Next Door is a story about how the girl next door decided to enter the fray and make a difference. At a moment when America’s government often seems incapable of getting anything done, Amy Klobuchar proves that politics is still the art of the possible.
Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir by Claire McCaskill (D-MO)In this candid, lively, and forthright memoir, Senator McCaskill describes her uphill battle to become who she is today, from her failed first marriage to a Kansas City car dealer—the father of her three children—to her current marriage to a Missouri businessman whom she describes as “a life partner.” She depicts her ups and downs with the Clintons, her long-shot reelection as senator after secretly helping to nominate a right-wing extremist as her opponent, and the fun of joining the growing bipartisan sisterhood in the Senate.
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