I received this book at no cost from the publisherYes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House by Molly Dillon, Jenna Brayton, Eleanor Celeste, Nita Contreras, Kalisha Dessources, Andrea Flores, Vivian Graubard, Noemie Levy, Taylor Lustig, Jaimie Woo
Published by Schwartz & Wade on April 23, 2019
Genres: Girls & Women, Historical, Social Issues
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
KALISHA DESSOURCES FIGURES planned one of the biggest summits held by the Obama White House—the United State of Women. ANDREA FLORES fought for the President’s immigration bill on the Hill. NITA CONTRERAS traveled the globe and owned up to a rookie mistake on Air Force One (in front of the leader of the free world!).
Here are ten inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall—fondly and with humor and a dose of humility—what it was like to help run the world.
MOLLY DILLON served in the White House from 2013 to 2017 in the Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. Originally from Highland Park, Illinois, she currently resides in New York City.
YARA SHAHIDI is an actress, activist, and creator of Eighteenx18, a platform to encourage young people to vote.
With contributions from JENNA BRAYTON, ELEANOR CELESTE, NITA CONTRERAS, MOLLY DILLON, KALISHA DESSOURCES FIGURES, ANDREA R. FLORES, VIVIAN P. GRAUBARD, NOEMIE C. LEVY, TAYLOR LUSTIG, and JAIMIE WOO.
I never realized how many young people worked in the Obama administration, the women who tell very inspiring stories in YES SHE CAN, were in their early twenties. I marvel at these young women who made changes and these same young women are now our hope. These women share stories of helping shape policies on everything to foster care, to human trafficking to helping the hungry. There was a lot of hope then and this book proves that we can have it now.
The book also gives insight into what it is like working at the White House and the day to day activities. What I liked the best is that they share their mistakes. Not every task went perfectly, not evey day was good but they kept on working because they knew what they were working on was important.
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