Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win
Book Review - Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza
What a book! I've been on a roll lately - the last few books I've read have been really good. Which means the next few books I review will be ones you won't want to miss! Start with Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza. It is such a timely book with our current political climate. Politics seem to bring out the worst in people - I don't think any of us can go on Facebook anymore without seeing some rant about politics from either side of the aisle. More often than not, the information I see spread is filled with disinformation or - worse - hate. My husband chooses to engage. To confront people when they are misinformed and to be forthcoming with his views. I'm more comfortable participating in a quieter way - namely voting and donating.
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is about a female candidate for Pennsylvania's Senate running against the incumbent who has held the office for years - often going unopposed. Charlotte decides she can do the job better than he can. The book follows Charlotte's campaign: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It addresses themes of powerful women, women in politics, and "having it all." At the end of this book, Jo Piazza includes a list of sources to support women running for office. I think it is worth sharing those sources here:
- She Should Run (SheShouldRun.org): She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 that provides an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run for office and for those who support them.
- EMILY's List (EmilysList.org): Emily's List elects pro-choice Democratic women to office.
- Higher Heights (HigherHeightsForAmerica.org): Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to elect Black women, influence elections and advance progressive policies.
- Women's Campaign Fund (wcfonline.org): The Women’s Campaign Fund is a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of women in elected office.
- Emerge America (emergeamerica.org): Emerge America is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training and providing a powerful network for Democratic women to run for office.
Another theme present throughout the book is how women treat one another. But it really got me thinking about how we all treat one another. When it comes to politics, we are divided. Our passion for the issues can result in being unsympathetic to those who are different from us. We've stopped listening to the other side and we've stopped communicating with one another. It seems appropriate that I've taken photos of this book at TechArtista, a cowork space in the Central West End of St. Louis. By nature, a cowork space encourages us to listen to one another and communicate with one another. It gets us out of our enclosed spaces and into a shared space where we must work together and be respectful of one another. Personally, I've enjoyed getting out of my home office and seeing a friendly face welcome me when I arrive and offering me coffee.
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