Rebecca Sive

Rebecca Sive

Rebecca Sive is the author of two books, Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President (2018), and Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House (2013). Sive, the recipient of numerous awards for her civic leadership, has been a lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, women’s leadership consultant and strategist, and is listed in Feminists Who Changed America (2006, University of Illinois Press).

All Work

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.

Abort the Executive Order

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.

Wreckonciliation 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.

Shades of Stokely Carmichael: Where Is the Female Leadership in the Health Reform Summit?

Shades of Stokely Carmichael: Where Is the Female Leadership in the Health Reform Summit?

Rebecca Sive

How many women leaders were invited to the health care summit? Girls, hold your breath. Grand total: four.  That’s right, four, one of whom is Nancy Pelosi. So, actually, three, count ‘em, three other women members of Congress (total membership: 535 people), including, count her, one, female U.S. Senator

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