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Return to President Obama’s White House in this anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring junior staffers who joined his administration right out of college with the hope of making a difference. Meet ten amazing young women who were so inspired by Barack Obama’s inclusive feminist politics that they decided to join his White House. Return to President Obama’s White House in this anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring junior staffers who joined his administration right out of college with the hope of making a difference. Meet ten amazing young women who were so inspired by Barack Obama’s inclusive feminist politics that they decided to join his White House. Although they were technically the lowest ranked members—and all in their early to mid-twenties at the time—their high levels of responsibility will surprise you. There’s Kalisha Dessources, policy advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, who recounts the day she brought a group of African American girls (and world-renowned choreographer Debbie Allen) to the White House for Black History Month to dance for Michelle Obama; Molly Dillon, who describes organizing and hosting an event for foster care reform with Vice President Biden, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and a hundred foster kids; Jenna Brayton, one of the members of the first White House digital team, who talks about an Obama initiative to bring together students of all backgrounds and ages from across the country to showcase their vision for the future through cinema; and more. Full of never-before-told stories, here is an intimate look at Obama’s presidency, as seen through the eyes of the smart, successful young women who (literally) helped rule the world—and they did it right out of college, too.


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Return to President Obama’s White House in this anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring junior staffers who joined his administration right out of college with the hope of making a difference. Meet ten amazing young women who were so inspired by Barack Obama’s inclusive feminist politics that they decided to join his White House. Return to President Obama’s White House in this anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring junior staffers who joined his administration right out of college with the hope of making a difference. Meet ten amazing young women who were so inspired by Barack Obama’s inclusive feminist politics that they decided to join his White House. Although they were technically the lowest ranked members—and all in their early to mid-twenties at the time—their high levels of responsibility will surprise you. There’s Kalisha Dessources, policy advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, who recounts the day she brought a group of African American girls (and world-renowned choreographer Debbie Allen) to the White House for Black History Month to dance for Michelle Obama; Molly Dillon, who describes organizing and hosting an event for foster care reform with Vice President Biden, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and a hundred foster kids; Jenna Brayton, one of the members of the first White House digital team, who talks about an Obama initiative to bring together students of all backgrounds and ages from across the country to showcase their vision for the future through cinema; and more. Full of never-before-told stories, here is an intimate look at Obama’s presidency, as seen through the eyes of the smart, successful young women who (literally) helped rule the world—and they did it right out of college, too.

30 review for Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    As a woman who has always been interested to know more about how public service works in the US and more about how young people who are interested in serving their country and change policies go about achieving their goals, this book was a breath of fresh air. All the young women here are so passionate and love working towards the betterment of their country and I loved reading their stories and I admire them for participating in a field that is so dominated by men. They truly have paved the way As a woman who has always been interested to know more about how public service works in the US and more about how young people who are interested in serving their country and change policies go about achieving their goals, this book was a breath of fresh air. All the young women here are so passionate and love working towards the betterment of their country and I loved reading their stories and I admire them for participating in a field that is so dominated by men. They truly have paved the way for many more future young women and I commend them for their efforts. I highly recommend this book to teenagers and women because I believe these stories are a great inspiration.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book via NetGalley and even though this is not something I would usually read I was honestly super excited for this book and could not wait to get to it, so I moved it up my TBR. SPOILERS AHEAD This a book of a bunch of short stories of different staffers experience working under President Obama at the White House. Going into this story I knew some stuff about working in the White House (mostly what I had seen on TV shows like Scandals) but I I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book via NetGalley and even though this is not something I would usually read I was honestly super excited for this book and could not wait to get to it, so I moved it up my TBR. SPOILERS AHEAD This a book of a bunch of short stories of different staffers experience working under President Obama at the White House. Going into this story I knew some stuff about working in the White House (mostly what I had seen on TV shows like Scandals) but I still knew a few things. However, I not only ended up learning so much from each short story I also ended up loving each short story in its own way. I was gripped by the things that were going on and wishing I myself had been one of these staffers, I felt truly inspired. I understood each emotion the staffers were expressing, from happiness, to downright nervous about going in front of your boss, to being utterly exhausted from work but super happy about things at the same time. Each story had its own challenges and own voice. The book as a whole also gave me better perspective about what happens behind the scenes of the White House and politics in general. I gave this book five stars on Goodreads and I am definitely adding a copy to my self to have on hand!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)

    what a great opportunity for these young women.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I found this book to be interesting yet mostly surface-level. I admire the women in this book who worked tirelessly to achieve their goals and the goals of the Obama Administration. However, many of the chapters sounded really similar and were told in a strange chronological order. I found myself reading one or two chapters each day and then getting bored with the repetitive nature and the bare-basics. I understand that this is directed toward teens, but teens are definitely smart enough I found this book to be interesting yet mostly surface-level. I admire the women in this book who worked tirelessly to achieve their goals and the goals of the Obama Administration. However, many of the chapters sounded really similar and were told in a strange chronological order. I found myself reading one or two chapters each day and then getting bored with the repetitive nature and the bare-basics. I understand that this is directed toward teens, but teens are definitely smart enough politically-savvy enough to understand more specific information, at least the teens this book is directed toward. Like I said, I admire these women and am proud that women of all backgrounds have had such influence in the White House and government policies. However, too many of the chapters felt like a summary and a brief bio than immersive stories of hope and change. This is an important book with important information, but it just wasn't delivered in a very interesting way. *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dorie

    Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope and Change From Young Staffers of the Obama White House Compiled by Molly Dillon, et al. due 3-5-2019 Random House Childrenś/ Schwartz and Wade 5.0 / 5.0 This was such a refreshing and invigorating collection. 10 stories written by inspired young women hoping to inspire other young women to take action, support policies you believe in, fight to make the difference you want to see. Each is well written, with passion and enthusiasm, with admiration for Obamaś mature Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope and Change From Young Staffers of the Obama White House Compiled by Molly Dillon, et al. due 3-5-2019 Random House Childrenś/ Schwartz and Wade 5.0 / 5.0 This was such a refreshing and invigorating collection. 10 stories written by inspired young women hoping to inspire other young women to take action, support policies you believe in, fight to make the difference you want to see. Each is well written, with passion and enthusiasm, with admiration for Obamaś mature outlook on the inclusion of women´s rights. It was wonderful to return to a time when ther was enthusiasm and hope, when everyone women had a voice and every voicein mattered. This gave me a sense of renewed spirit and gave me hope. At the end of the book there is a Girls Guide to Getting Into Government. Fantastic and much needed. Thanks to Random House and Molly Dillon for this ebook ARC for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #YesSheCan

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Miller

    Yes She Can is a collection of essays written by female staffers who worked in the Obama administration. Each follows a similar format in which the author explains what led them to work in politics, offers a description of the job(s), and a story about an event that was particularly impactful. The book was written for young adults and by (relatively) young adults as most of the writers were in their early twenties when they worked in the White House. Many got their start in less than flashy jobs Yes She Can is a collection of essays written by female staffers who worked in the Obama administration. Each follows a similar format in which the author explains what led them to work in politics, offers a description of the job(s), and a story about an event that was particularly impactful. The book was written for young adults and by (relatively) young adults as most of the writers were in their early twenties when they worked in the White House. Many got their start in less than flashy jobs such as reading the thousands of letters that are sent to the President each day or answering phone calls. Many of the writers tell the story of planning and executing an event at the White House, while others describe the ups and downs of traveling with the President or the Vice President. Kalisha Dessources Figures’s piece about her work on the White House Council on Women and the United State of Women event was one of the more memorable essays. Nita Contreras’s story about a 6-day trip to Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Germany was also a standout. The book concludes with “A Girl’s Guide to Getting into Government,” which will be useful for readers who want to pursue any type of political work. It was interesting to read about the role that junior staffers play in helping to develop policy for the President and Vice President as well as the thankless grunt work that goes along with those jobs. The book must be commended for its inspiring message, showing teen readers that there are opportunities for young people to work for meaningful change. However, the essays are somewhat formulaic and feel a bit repetitive by the end. Yes She Can might be best read in small doses when you are in the mood for a feel-good story about politics written from a hopeful and youthful perspective. Recommended for libraries serving teens.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    ** I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ** This book was wonderful and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a female or a minority in the United State. If I had known about this book, I may have been more proactive with learning more about politics earlier in my life, especially during college. It was only as an adult that I became aware of the White House internship program, which is how most of these staffers started out. Most of them were interns who worked ** I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ** This book was wonderful and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a female or a minority in the United State. If I had known about this book, I may have been more proactive with learning more about politics earlier in my life, especially during college. It was only as an adult that I became aware of the White House internship program, which is how most of these staffers started out. Most of them were interns who worked their unpaid butts off and were rewarded with a staff position in the White House during the Obama administration. These girls ALL had inspiring stories. One of the stories talked about "being the change" you wish to see in the world. If this story can inspire just a few strong, intelligent, females to make their way into politics, then this book will have accomplished something.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Trianna

    Each of these essays are so important and showcase young women being successful and doing amazing things. However, as a whole these essays started to blend together and cover common themes. That does not mean they were not all important, but reading them all together was a bit redundant.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carey

    Take ten young women, all women of color and/or from diverse cultural backgrounds, combine this with their determination to make a positive difference in our world and you will have “Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama Whitehouse”. The book showcases the strength and determination of these women to step out of their comfort zones and work their butts off. Each chapter is a story of each young woman’s service in the Whitehouse, and each chapter Take ten young women, all women of color and/or from diverse cultural backgrounds, combine this with their determination to make a positive difference in our world and you will have “Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama Whitehouse”. The book showcases the strength and determination of these women to step out of their comfort zones and work their butts off. Each chapter is a story of each young woman’s service in the Whitehouse, and each chapter will encourage women of all ages to believe, “Yes I Can!” Here are a couple stories that especially spoke to me: Nita Contreras’ (Assistant Staff Secretary, Age 25-27) job was assembling President Obama’s Daily Briefing Binder. As I read her account of riding on Air Force I with POTUS I could imagine and feel her excitement and anxiety. The voice in Molly Dillon’s (Policy Assistant for Urban Affairs, age 25) head… “There’s no way I know enough about this to be the lead.There’s so much more to learn. You’ll never be able to grasp it all. You’re inevitably going to ask a stupid question in a meeting and they’re all gonna figure out you don’t know what you’re talking about. They’ll make you turn in your badge and Secret Service will escort you out the gate.” Turns out that the little unqualified voice telling you you’re a fraud actually has a name: imposter syndrome. It’s an uninvited guest that will try to derail you.” I’m sure all of us can relate to this voice; however, Molly didn’t allow the voice to take root. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Jenna Brayton, age 26, Associate Director of Content and Operations. Many of these women were interns and not paid for their dedication and hard work. Thank you, strong women for your service! Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy (publication date: 3/5/2019) in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Cole

    What a wonderful, moving and inspiring book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This e-Advanced Readers Copy was provided by Random House Children's Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC will not affect my review nor my rating. It is refreshing to lift the proverbial curtain and take a peek into the different processes that help maintain structure and enact change within the U.S. government. The Obama Administration lead from my teenage years through my mid-twenties, and as a potential voter in 2008 and voter in 2012, I was affected by the This e-Advanced Readers Copy was provided by Random House Children's Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC will not affect my review nor my rating. It is refreshing to lift the proverbial curtain and take a peek into the different processes that help maintain structure and enact change within the U.S. government. The Obama Administration lead from my teenage years through my mid-twenties, and as a potential voter in 2008 and voter in 2012, I was affected by the decisions of this administration so I truly appreciate each staffer's breakdown of their respective positions and how they assisted the President's agenda. Each of these young women not only provided insight into their day-to-day responsibilities but also how their personal experiences, interactions, and worldviews helped shape important policies brought to President Obama's desk. Whether it was to bring about change to a fractured foster system or assisting with drafting a historic immigration bill, their work has changed many lives. Unfortunately, not every story a happy one and not every battle results in a winning victory. It is easy to lose trust in the very machine you work for, or in the political party you believe aligns themselves with your core values. But that is a reason to keep pushing forward and working towards a better future. One that is female. I enjoyed each story told, appreciated Yara Shahidi's foreword, a sentiment to the trailblazers of the generation prior to hers who has paved the way for women of the next generation to continue in their footsteps to create and maintain and evolve. I definitely recommend this book, especially as it is a celebration of Women during Women's History Month.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Irregardless of political leanings, this book should be read by anyone starting or in the early stages of a career. These stories are all from younger ladies (early to mid-20s), but their stories spoke to me even though I would consider the start of my career to have happened in my late 30s and am now in my 40s. “Turns out that the little unqualified voice telling you you’re a fraud actually has a name: imposter syndrome. It’s an uninvited guest that will try to derail you… But then I thought, Irregardless of political leanings, this book should be read by anyone starting or in the early stages of a career. These stories are all from younger ladies (early to mid-20s), but their stories spoke to me even though I would consider the start of my career to have happened in my late 30s and am now in my 40s. “Turns out that the little unqualified voice telling you you’re a fraud actually has a name: imposter syndrome. It’s an uninvited guest that will try to derail you… But then I thought, Roy is smart. If Roy trusted me to handle this, maybe he saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” (From the essay by Molly Dillon) Imposter syndrome. No matter what our age, we get it. I wrote down so many quotes from this book, but I think this is my favorite. From the essay by Jaimie Woo: “There is a natural fear of being unable to live up to what’s expected of you, and it took me a long while to get to this realization: You are not randomly here. The work you’ve put in and the experiences you’ve had have led you to where you are, and you were chosen for a reason. You might not know that exact reason, or even believe it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. On the VP’s developing cancer initiative, for example, I might not have had extensive expertise, but in the beginning stages, as we were building up our ranks, I demonstrated that I was willing to work really hard. And there is something to be said about just working really hard. I did what was asked of me, and then I did more. I stayed late. I asked questions when I didn’t understand. By letting my hard work speak for itself, I was relied on and then given further opportunities.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Easy to read, impactful true stories about 20 something women, many of them minorities, working in the white house during Obama's presidency. This would be a great read for a young adult in high school, college or just out of college about how to get into government public service work. These stories are also great for any young woman to read to encourage them to own their abilities, not be afraid to speak up and to excel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Brady

    I absolutely loved this book and never wanted it to end! It’s a great compilation of ten stories told by ten impressive young women working in the Obama White House, and the various projects, events, trips, speeches, etc. that they worked on during their time as a staffer. I definitely recommend getting this book as a gift for any young woman aspiring to get involved in policy/politics, and also highly recommend it as a great read for anyone wanting to know more about the good days in government I absolutely loved this book and never wanted it to end! It’s a great compilation of ten stories told by ten impressive young women working in the Obama White House, and the various projects, events, trips, speeches, etc. that they worked on during their time as a staffer. I definitely recommend getting this book as a gift for any young woman aspiring to get involved in policy/politics, and also highly recommend it as a great read for anyone wanting to know more about the good days in government and the great accomplishments (big and small) that dedicated women working in public service achieve together.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    I love reading memoirs written by former Obama staffers, and I can now say that Yes She Can is one of my favorites in that category! I appreciated that all of the stories were written by young female staffers in the Obama White House, all of whom were in their mid-twenties (as I am now) while working in the administration. The stories were all inspiring and uplifting and showcased the good that can come out of a presidential administration and a career in public service. The only downside of I love reading memoirs written by former Obama staffers, and I can now say that Yes She Can is one of my favorites in that category! I appreciated that all of the stories were written by young female staffers in the Obama White House, all of whom were in their mid-twenties (as I am now) while working in the administration. The stories were all inspiring and uplifting and showcased the good that can come out of a presidential administration and a career in public service. The only downside of this book is that it’ll leave you thinking, “Wow, I miss the Obamas!” Highly recommend for anyone like me who loves memoirs written by Obama staffers!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Apfelbaum

    The stories in this book will simultaneously inspire you and make you ask "what am I doing with my life!?". The young women whose stories are featured show what success looks like at a young age but are open and candid about the struggles they faced as well both in getting to their positions and in mistakes they made while there. They are relateable which also makes you believe that you too can achieve something great especially if you are interested in becoming involved in public service or The stories in this book will simultaneously inspire you and make you ask "what am I doing with my life!?". The young women whose stories are featured show what success looks like at a young age but are open and candid about the struggles they faced as well both in getting to their positions and in mistakes they made while there. They are relateable which also makes you believe that you too can achieve something great especially if you are interested in becoming involved in public service or policy. The stories are fast reads and entertaining and witty looks inside the Obama White House.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Moira

    I received an ARC of this book (publication date: 3/5/2019). Targeted to young girls this collection of stories is outstanding. Young women stepped into the spotlight and up to the challenge of advancing President Obama’s administration. These stories show young women making big leaps and inciting change for good, while making mistakes and learning from them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I loved this book! I met 4 of the authors and they are so inspiring and genuine! This is a quick read and really gives you a glimpse into the life of a staffer.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim Freier

    Such a great, inspiring read! I suggest this to not only every young person but every adult who is looking for a quick pick-me-up!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    I can’t explain how inspiring this is. Certain stories touched me more than others, but this anthology is so strong and so empowering. I love women.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Bibliolau19

    I remember exactly where I was on Feb. 10, 2007, as then- Sen. Barack Obama announced his intention to run for president of the United States. On that frigid, blustery day, I stood on the lawn of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, huddled among thousands. Yet despite the cold, that young senator’s moving words and message of hope warmed our hearts and kept us smiling in the single-degree temperatures. It had been years since I’d thought about that day, but as I read Yes She Can: 10 Stories of I remember exactly where I was on Feb. 10, 2007, as then- Sen. Barack Obama announced his intention to run for president of the United States. On that frigid, blustery day, I stood on the lawn of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, huddled among thousands. Yet despite the cold, that young senator’s moving words and message of hope warmed our hearts and kept us smiling in the single-degree temperatures. It had been years since I’d thought about that day, but as I read Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope and Change From Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House, that same sense of hope I was filled with more than 12 years ago came flooding back. Whether planning an historic women’s summit, fighting for the oresident’s Immigration bill on Capitol Hill, organizing Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States or putting together the president’s daily briefing book, these smart, inspiring women “got.Stuff.Done” and affected change. I absolutely loved this book. It’s a quick, uplifting read that I would recommend for adults and kids alike, especially for young women interested in an internship or career in public service. Through their memories of both success and failure, these women help show young people everywhere that through hard work, dreams and determination, you can help change the world. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for advance access to this incredible book, and thank you to the 10 women whose stories prove that, as Beyoncé states, girls run the world.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin Joseph

    I bought this book with the intention of sending it to my little cousin, which I still plan to do, because something about it seemed to YA-ish, a bit sterile for me, at twenty-four. The book is a lot like this, the fearless narrators listing, clocking their ages during their years in the White House (or EEOB to be an appropriate DC-snob) detailing their roles within the “game-changing” liberal administration of our First Black President. Being the same age as many girls in the book, I thought it I bought this book with the intention of sending it to my little cousin, which I still plan to do, because something about it seemed to YA-ish, a bit sterile for me, at twenty-four. The book is a lot like this, the fearless narrators listing, clocking their ages during their years in the White House (or EEOB to be an appropriate DC-snob) detailing their roles within the “game-changing” liberal administration of our First Black President™️. Being the same age as many girls in the book, I thought it might be inspiring for me primarily, but as a hard left, hopeful, cynic it fell short of being a tell-all, critical text I wanted it to be but rather, what it should be, a story to expose young girls to the possibility of a career in politics. For the informed reader, the book engages in the very Obamaian liberalism of glazing over structural issues in favor of some bootstrapping narrative (one girl was able to work an unpaid internships for months before landing a White House gig) and many DC staffers are unable to afford the commitment of 12+ hour days when they have to work another job to afford to live in the city on low government salaries. This book is very much for people who don’t know this. However, I was interested, at times inspired and ultimately entertained by the stories. For those still in high school, id recommend it, but for yuppies and recent grads I’d recommend something a little more substantial.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Ten junior staffers from the Obama administration share their stories of their time in public service. Although the amount of time they spent working in Washington varied as much as their jobs, each one seems very aware of her privilege and poised to go on to do great things. Although I liked some of the accounts more than others, simply because some were detailed and personal than others and it could be confusing to understand exactly what those jobs entailed, I was delighted to have a book Ten junior staffers from the Obama administration share their stories of their time in public service. Although the amount of time they spent working in Washington varied as much as their jobs, each one seems very aware of her privilege and poised to go on to do great things. Although I liked some of the accounts more than others, simply because some were detailed and personal than others and it could be confusing to understand exactly what those jobs entailed, I was delighted to have a book like this available for young women interested in finding ways to make a difference in the world. With these ten personal examples and a section listing ways for young people to become involved in government, anyone interested in this sort of career or finding a way to make change can find excellent suggestions and a path to follow. Although some of the descriptions are breathless and filled with awe, the accounts also show just how much work goes into changing the world. There are photographs of all the women whose essays/memoirs are included here. Although I enjoyed the stories, I couldn't help but also acknowledge that the opportunities they embraced aren't available to all, especially those without economic support.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Ten diverse young women (mid-20s) share stories about their work as staffers in the White House during President Obama's terms. This collection is inspirational, particularly for those who feel underrepresented in politics, and the writers' passion for their work and for this particular administration leaps off the page. That being said, many of these are similar or similarly-told, highlighting a specific project that each woman worked on. At times, I felt as though I was reading a particularly Ten diverse young women (mid-20s) share stories about their work as staffers in the White House during President Obama's terms. This collection is inspirational, particularly for those who feel underrepresented in politics, and the writers' passion for their work and for this particular administration leaps off the page. That being said, many of these are similar or similarly-told, highlighting a specific project that each woman worked on. At times, I felt as though I was reading a particularly long cover letter. There are many quotable moments, but I feel almost as though it's written more for a new adult audience than a teen one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan Stillwell (queenbee_reads)

    This is another one of those important books, folks. Inspiring and empowering, this is a great read for men and women, whether your into politics or not. It was so interesting to read never before told stories from the women who were behind the scenes, in the trenches, making it happen. I also enjoyed learning about policies and initiatives I never even knew existed. I can’t recommend this book enough. Pick up a copy when it hits shelves March 5th and give it to a young woman in your life and This is another one of those important books, folks. Inspiring and empowering, this is a great read for men and women, whether your into politics or not. It was so interesting to read never before told stories from the women who were behind the scenes, in the trenches, making it happen. I also enjoyed learning about policies and initiatives I never even knew existed. I can’t recommend this book enough. Pick up a copy when it hits shelves March 5th and give it to a young woman in your life and make a difference. . . .

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This is a collection of essays written by young female staffers from the Obama White House. The essays are full of hope and enthusiasm and female empowerment, but the essays are occasionally a little repetitive and it’s definitely aimed at a young adult audience (which is great, I just don’t really fit that audience any more). I would highly recommend it to high school and college aged women, especially if they’re wondering how they fit into the world.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ann Meagher

    “There is a natural fear of being unable to live up to what’s expected of you, and it took me a long while to get to this realization: You are not randomly here. The work you’ve put in and the experiences you’ve had have led you to where you are, and you were chosen for a reason. You might not know that exact reason, or even believe it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.” -Jamie Woo

  28. 5 out of 5

    Molly Mendoza

    While I loved reading the book, it took me a long time to get through all of the short stories. Not surprisingly some of the contributors writing skills were much better and more enjoyable than others. But mostly it was an amazing book especially for me as a student who's not completely sure what my future holds!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Essays by young women who were staffers in the Obama White House. The essays are full of energy and optimism and it was truly inspiring to me to find young people with a deep commitment to public service. Some fun inside stories but on the whole these are a look at what life is like for a White House staffer for young people who have an interest in government and political service.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Beechen

    Inspiring & uplifting. And omg did I waste my 20's compared to these outstanding young women! Their work ethic, enthusiasm and service oriented humility manifested tangible change to the communities they served. Thank you for sharing your stories to inspire young women in a time when it is needed the most!

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