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Rebecca Sive
http://www.rebeccasive.comI am the author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, a no-nonsense guide for women who want to be influential and powerful public leaders. I write, speak and advise on women and politics and women's public leadership. I may be found at

My writing for the Huffington Post has been picked- up by media outlets as diverse as the Washington Post, Real Clear Politics, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Daily Kos, Firedoglake, Dallas Morning News, USA Today and NPR.

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.

Entries by Rebecca Sive

For California Women Who Dream of Political Leadership and Power: Some Rules of the Road

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:00 AM

As we begin Women's History Month, and celebrate International Women's Day (Saturday, March 8), I've been reflecting on the lessons today's women office-holders, and those who aspire to political office, can learn from those who've already traversed that path.

But, first, a bit of context: this ruminating comes on the...

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C-suite Doors Still Locked to Women: Time to Press in From the Outside While You Lean in From the Inside

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:21 PM

"Progress in the F500 remains flat," " significant year-over-year uptick for the 8th straight year," and "... only 14.6% of Executive Officer positions were held by women--the 4th consecutive year of no year-over-year growth," reports Catalyst today.

Bottom line: no progress these days -- any days, it...

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6 Easy Rules Christine Quinn Forgot

(6) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:44 PM

This will go down in American history as the (sad) year when women lost mayoralty races in our nation's two biggest cities. Time to regroup, girlfriends.

In the three decades since Jane Byrne became the first woman elected mayor of Chicago, we've learned that, in order to...

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Hat Tip to Bill Maher: New Rules From Susan Rice and Samantha Power

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 6:29 PM

Like others, I was stunned Wednesday morning when I read Mike Allen, exclamation point and all, reporting that President Obama was planning to appoint UN Ambassador Susan Rice as his national security adviser and nominate Samantha Power as his next UN ambassador.

Allen reported both the facts, and...

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Robin Kelly Winning Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Seat Is a Textbook Case for Women Politicians

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Illinois's second congressional district seat, held by Jesse Jackson, Jr. for 17 years, is a big political prize: a safe seat for Democrats, winning the Democratic primary is tantamount to winning the general. The seat is not likely to be open again anytime soon.

District voters, wearied by the...

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Hadiya's Story: Love in the Time of Hate

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Super Bowl weekend was a one-two punch. First, there was the announcement of President Obama's proposed policy the New York Times wrote would mean "churches and religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage on religious grounds would not have to pay for it," notwithstanding the...

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Beyonce Singing Two National Anthems But President Obama Only Listening to One

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 10:02 PM

I understand why Barack Obama admires Beyonce. Like him, she is smart, hardworking, forthright and demands respect. Besides, his closest advisor likes her. A lot. But it strikes me that, hard as it may be to imagine, President Obama isn't totally enamored of Beyonce.

Think that's not possible?...

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(Once Again) Hillary Clinton Teaches Us How to Run the Political Table (Are You Listening, Susan Rice?)

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 10:08 AM

Girlfriends: Now that we have the president back, is it time to turn off the computer and cool-out? Nope. Not a chance, after the morning's reading.

The first article up was: "'Family fight:' 3 friends vie for (congressional) seat," in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times. The article is an...

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Giving Thanks

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:22 PM

For one year in high school, I had a second sister. Her name was Anamaria Monsao Mollo. She was an exchange student from Brasilia, Brazil. In September 1967, Anuska, as she was called, came to live with my family and attend Pearl River (New York) high school, under the auspices...

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The Real Purpose of the 'Cult of Moms': To Deny Women Public Power

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Political powerhouse Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been a subject of national media attention since answering Chicago Sun-Times reporters' questions while at the Democratic National Convention a couple of weeks ago. Okay, now: Hold your breath and get ready for this one. Nope, the questions were not...

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Deal With It, Girlfriends: Bill Clinton Teaches Women Candidates How to Win

(10) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Back in the Monica Lewinsky day, a significant divide developed among Democratic women advocates: those who couldn't forgive President Clinton for behavior that embarrassed Hillary Clinton beyond telling, and those (like me), who said "we've got bigger fish to fry here, and let's keep our eyes on the prize --...

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Why Would Any Woman Vote Republican This November?

(189) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 8:13 PM

Reports on women's reasons for choosing to seek public office are replete with data supporting the fact that these women, regardless of political party affiliation, are motivated by a desire to improve the lives of women and children. There are also occasions when women-electeds join hands across the political aisle...

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On the Matter of Gabby Douglas's Hair, or for That Matter, My Kinky (Jewish) Hair

(75) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 2:22 PM

The first time I visited Tel Aviv, I saw tall women with long, straight blonde hair at a local nightclub. I assumed they were European visitors. Nope. Not according to my Israeli cousin who took me there. He told me they were Jewish, just like us. But they don't have...

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Like Hope, Evolving Is Not a Strategy

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 12:49 PM

I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that. --
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New 'Networked Feminism' Just Like the Old Networked Feminism: Organize or Die

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 2:38 PM

So, I took time off from blogging to get my book going. That's my excuse for my silence of the last few weeks (in case anybody missed me!). But what I learned during these few weeks sure enough is just what the book is about: "Every day (really, really) is...

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

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Of course, had you looked, you wouldn't really have seen Saul Alinsky (he died in 1972), but, I'm here to tell you, you would have seen Alinsky's ghost, hovering behind the backs of President Obama, and his estimable companion, The Rev. Al Sharpton.

As President Obama and Rev....

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Kantor Book Dust-up Misses the Point: Michelle Obama Could Be This Generation's Eleanor Roosevelt

(13) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 12:35 PM

As she made clear Tuesday morning in an interview with CBS's Gayle King, the clear-headed and brilliant, knows-what-she-wants-at-all-times Michelle Obama is no kind of stereotypical "angry black woman." In fact, Michelle Obama is no kind of (publicly) angry woman of any kind. Quite to the contrary (her "MO":...

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Political Hardball In the Plan B Emergency Contraception Decision

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 12:41 PM

I've now had a few days to cool-down since the announcement of President Obama's decision, made by his Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to deny over-the-counter, morning-after emergency medicine ("Plan B") to teenagers under age 17 (many of whom are sexually-active).

Good thing, too. The time...

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When Men Are Deciding What Women Are Entitled to, It's Time to Occupy

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 11:54 AM

So, what have we got in this latest reproductive rights crisis? The one where the Catholic bishops and the president are debating and deciding what rights we American women will have? Well, sadly, ad nauseum, and once again, what we've got is no woman sitting at the decision-making table.


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Nina Simone Said "Mississippi Goddam." I Thought It

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 3:54 PM

Tuesday night.

And then my faith in the American people, especially in the Mississippi people, was redeemed.

My friend Jodi Jacobson, editor of RH Reality Check, pointed-out Wednesday morning that while the "egg-as-person" amendment, Initiative 26, was roundly defeated by Mississippi voters yesterday, Initiative 27, the "voter...

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