Stars: 4 of 5
This is a short audiobook, but so much is packed into it. Pamieri was a part of the campaign for Hillary Clinton and recounts ups and downs along the road to her eventual loss. It’s a candid book about the obstacles that women face in pursuit of power and accomplishment. Some might say that she complains, but it’s really just an explanation of the pitfalls that it seems every successful woman must deal with. I’m nowhere near Hillary’s level or Palmieri and even I have had to deal with some of it.
More than anything, I appreciate Palmieri’s candor when talking about it and that she doesn’t hold back how she felt about things and the ways that she handled it. This is a letter to a woman in the future, and it is filled with hope, but also warnings. The next woman to run might be the one to win or it may take another 100 years to shatter that glass ceiling too. I certainly hope not.
This is a book for any feminist, particularly those looking to politics and government for the changes we need to keep progress going. Not everyone turns to that sphere, but those that do could learn from this book and Palmieri’s perspective and story of what happened in that election. Of course, that’s probably also true of Hillary Clinton’s book as well, but I haven’t read that one yet. It doesn’t exactly cover new ground for someone who’s been a feminist a while when it comes to the pitfalls of being an ambitious woman, but it does talk specifically about events and which of those pitfalls seemed to influence the campaign at what time.
That said, it’s not a book just for feminists or just for women. Sometimes smaller examples of things that happen in this or that community can make it hard for new feminists or people on the fence to see these things and this is a book I would recommend to those people who ask, “Yeah, but is it really because you’re a woman?”
Yeah, sometimes it really is and some things are just a more polite way of saying it that even makes the discriminatory thing sound not so bad or not so discriminatory. Honestly, I’d probably listen to it again a few times before the next time I try to break some glass myself. Add Dear Madam President to your Goodreads shelf here.