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Rebecca Sive

RebeccaSive.com, author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House

I write, treach and speak about women and politics, women’s public leadership, and strategies for pro-choice women to become politically influential. I am the author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, which has been widely lauded as an inspirational, as well as frank how-to for any woman who wants to make the world a better place for women and girls. For more on my book and speaking, visit here: www.rebeccasive.com. To reach me directly, write to: rebecca@rebeccasive.com.

Listed in Feminists Who Changed America: 1963-1975,I have won numerous awards for my work, including distinguished achievement awards from my alma maters, the University of Illinois and Carleton College.

I was the chair of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation’s Board of Directors in its formative years; a founder of Emily’s List in Illinois; and have advised numerous women’s and civil rights organizations, candidates, and donors regarding their reproductive rights advocacy. My steadfast goal is to help women achieve reproductive choice so they may achieve economic autonomy.


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Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive

Commentary Politics

Did You See Saul Alinsky the Other Night at The Kennedy Center?

As President Obama and Rev. Sharpton entered The Kennedy Center, I got shivers down my spine. For, I could feel Saul Alinsky guiding them as they took their seats. There were these two men, trained in Alinsky’s methodology for achieving American justice, together to celebrate the life and work of another American justice-teacher, Dr. Martin Luther King, entering the President’s box.

Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive

Commentary Politics

Kantor Book Kerfluffle Misses the Point: Michelle Obama Could Be This Generation’s Eleanor Roosevelt

Michelle Obama is no "angry black woman." But she could be this generation’s Eleanor Roosevelt, and an angry black woman who is just as angry as her angry white, brown, yellow and red sisters because America still has hungry and homeless people; because America has too many people who want to work, but who can’t find jobs; and because America these days works for only a few of its citizens when it’s supposed to work “…for all.” 

Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive

Commentary Politics

The Inside Hardball on Obama’s Emergency Contraception Decision?

I got to thinking about what else the President’s decision portends. The essence of successful politicians like, say, Margaret Hamburg and Kathleen Sebelius, is three-fold. What starts all over every morning is the (political) big leagues ballgame. What starts over every day in these big leagues, just like the baseball ones, is a game that is played only one way: the hardball way.

Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive

Commentary Abortion

Pro-choice Jewish Women Are Instrumental to President Obama’s Re-election

While one can argue this conclusion of mine around the margins; for instance, that maybe the President can win in Colorado, and some other smaller states, and, thereby, say, make up for a loss in Ohio or New Jersey, the fact remains that since its winner takes all in the Electoral College, the President’s first task is to win the big states, just those states where Jewish women predominate.

Politics

Girls’ School for Politics Open Now

Rebecca Sive

School has begun in earnest for us girls enrolled in the school of politics. So, girlfriends, sit-up straight and pay attention, for these past two school days and nights likely taught us more than we may learn during any other two anytime soon.

Abort the Executive Order

Rebecca Sive

In the end, passing the healthcare bill was about nothing but abortion and abortion-related deals that will make life all that much harder for women of modest resources facing the (constitutionally-protected) decision to terminate a pregnancy.

Abortion

Wreckonciliation

Rebecca Sive

To coin a cliche on International Women's Day, I have to ask: Where's the beef?  American women are being told that our most fundamental right--to control our reproductive destiny--should be of no consequence in health reform.

Memo to Dems: You’re Not My Heroes Anymore

Rebecca Sive

The Democrats want Martha Coakley elected in Massachusetts today to get the 60th vote for a health care bill that presently renders American women unequal to the men around them. I can no longer support this.

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