Ben Smith had the scoop today on Reshma Saujani publishing a book titled Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, about female leaders. The book is one of the first from Amazon’s new publishing venture, and is expected to come out in April of 2013, just in time for the citywide primaries to pick up. Ms. Saujani has been mentioned as a potential candidate for public advocate if Bill de Blasio runs for mayor so it is not hard to imagine her doing book signings in key neighborhoods.
Not waiting in line has been something of a theme of Ms. Saujani’s political career, especially if she goes ahead and runs for public advocate while not currently holding office. Ms. Saujani ran a spirited campaign against Carolyn Maloney in 2010 in which she received substanial backing from the financial sector, but she finished with a disappointing 19 percent of the vote. She has since served as a deputy to Mr. de Blasio, particularly on the fundraising arm of his office, the Fund for Public Advocacy, and has been leading outreach efforts to the city’s tech community. She also recently attended the White House Christmas Party.
More info on the book is below:
From the community activist and New York City Deputy Advocate, Reshma Saujani, comes a new book titled WOMEN WHO DON’T WAIT IN LINE–an inspiring call to action for young women that encourages the next generation of leaders to think beyond the glass ceiling. Amazon Publishing in New York will release the book in spring 2013.
Following in the footsteps of trailblazers like Hillary Clinton and
Sheryl Sandberg, Reshma asks why women, in an era where they are told they can do anything, still haven’t joined the top ranks of corporations or government. WOMEN WHO DON’T WAIT IN LINE aims to ignite women—and enlist them in remaking America.
Don’t wait around for your turn, take that risk now. Apply for the job you don’t think you’re qualified for. Do the thing that people tell you not to do. Mentorship is the New Feminism. Sponsor young women and challenge them to ask for more, to take their career to the next level.
The book will also tell Reshma’s story of growing up the daughter of political refugees who fled Uganda in the 70s for the U.S. and her 2010 bid for Congress in New York’s 14th Congressional District–along with the insights she gained from losing the race. Each chapter will offer a lesson or story from an accomplished woman who has faced battles and overcome them by forging a new path. These sections will help the reader take small actions, such as finding a mentor or sponsoring a young person, which in turn can affect big change.