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Published on April 11th, 2018 | by Intern Intern

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Jennifer Palmieri with Dear Madam President Monday 16 at 5 pm at Square Books

is one of the most accomplished political and communications strategists in America today. Jennifer Palmieri was the Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to that position, she served as the White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama. She has also been the National Press Secretary for the 2004 John Edwards presidential campaign and for the Democratic Party in 2002.  She was also White House deputy press secretary for President Bill Clinton and national press secretary for the Democratic Party. She is currently President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has been a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and other national print outlets, and is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC news shows. 

Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards–to name a few–Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere–from boardrooms to living rooms–who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Dear Madam President will turn the results of the 2016 election into something incredibly empowering for future female leaders and independent thinkers everywhere.

“My book explained what happened and where we need to go from here. Jennifer Palmieri picks up the ball and runs with it in this book.  It’s about being a woman, working for a woman, and telling the stories of the personal and professional ups and downs that all women need to hear as we chart our individual and collective futures.” said Hillary Rodham Clinton

As a country, we haven’t wrapped our heads around what it should look like for a woman to be in the job of President. Our only models are men. This of course was seen during the Hillary Clinton campaign, and no one knows this better than Jennifer Palmieri. While wildly disappointed by the outcome of the election, Palmieri optimistically argues in the book that the Clinton candidacy and all she experienced on the campaign trail–confusion, admiration, hate, love, acceptance, rejection–can now open the country up to reimagining women in leadership roles. And that is what Palmieri takes on in this book–redefining expectations for women looking to lead and creating a blueprint for women candidates and leaders to follow.

Palmieri uses hard-earned experiences and lessons from her days in the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign – to name a few – to pen an empowering letter to the first woman president and, by extension, all women seeking positions of power. She aims to forge a new model of leadership that fully embraces their feminine qualities and demonstrates that women can best serve by being themselves.

“A powerful, personal, and sometimes painful book written for any woman who has ever thought of becoming a leader. I hope it inspires more women and girls because their voices and their leadership are needed now more than ever.” Madeleine Albright said

As a country, we haven’t wrapped our heads around what it should look like for a woman to be in the job of President. Our only models are men. This, of course, was seen during Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and no one knows this better than Jennifer Palmieri. As she makes clear in Dear Madam President, Palmieri believes Clinton’s candidacy revealed how, despite all the gains women have made, we still struggle to envision a woman as president.  While wildly disappointed by the outcome of the election, Palmieri optimistically argues in the book that the Clinton candidacy and all she experienced on the campaign trail—confusion, admiration, hate, love, acceptance, rejection—can now open the country up to reimagining women in leadership roles. That is what Palmieri takes on in this book–redefining expectations for women hoping to make a difference and challenging a man’s version of how a woman leader should act talk, and dress.

Dear Madam President will turn the results of the 2016 election into something incredibly empowering for future female leaders and independent thinkers everywhere. Whether you are running for office, just starting after college, climbing the corporate ladder, or endeavoring to assert yourself in virtually any situation, Dear Madam President will inspire and embolden you to attain your goals on your own terms.

“Dear Madam President is a book that every parent should encourage their daughters—and their sons—to read,” said Cory BookerThe Local Voice Ligature

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