Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 (HarperCollins, $27.99), by long-time NPR correspondent and news analyst Cokie Roberts, is the newest of her books exploring the influential but often obscured experiences of women during crucial moments in American history. Having written before about the Colonial experience and the American Revolution, Roberts here turns her attention to women of the Civil War era. Relying on letters, journals, and other first-hand accounts by and about women, she unearths previously untold stories about figures from Mary Todd Lincoln to Jefferson Davis’s wife, Varina, to abolitionist Josephine Griffing. There is also a wonderful portrait of Mrs. Lincoln’s seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley.  Roberts leaves readers with a much deeper appreciation of how a diverse group of women in Washington operated in a perilous time, at once changing the capital and being changed by the war as well.

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Published: Harper - April 14th, 2015

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Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

When Anne-Marie Slaughter published an article in The Atlantic in 2012 titled “Why Women Can’t Have it All”—an unfortunate title not of her choosing—she could not have envisioned the passionate commentary that would follow. The piece generated nearly three million views following its publication. It became—and remains today—the most widely read piece in the 150-year history of The Atlantic. Slaughter spent the last couple of years turning the article into a book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family (Random House, $28), that expands on and refines some of her original ideas.  The first woman to serve as Director of Policy Planning at the State Department, a former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, an expert on foreign policy, and now head of New America, Slaughter has also become a leading voice on the structure and values of the American workplace and its impact on women, men, and families. Drawing on her own experiences meeting the demands of work and family, Slaughter explores the pitfalls for a society that is failing to the realities of the 21st century. She takes issue with Sheryl Sandberg’s reliance on leaning in as a solution for women’s progress in the workplace, calling for more systemic change to ensure that women at all levels—and men—can be better workers and better parents to their children. It is a thoughtful, highly engaging, and important book.

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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 9th, 2016

Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24) by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli looks at the lives of 70 women around the world who have achieved power in their respective fields while staying true to the purpose of their work. Verveer, the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the State Department—appointed by President Obama—and Azzarelli, a top executive at Avon, together have experience in politics, diplomacy, business, advocacy, and philanthropy and are both celebrated champions of women’s rights. Their book explores how women can leverage their growing economic power not only to succeed in their own fields but also to lead purposeful lives and change the world. Those profiled include famous women like Geena Davis and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as equally compelling if lesser known leaders like Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, and Dr. Hawa Abdi, who has provided 100,000 people refuge from violence in Somalia.

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 6th, 2015

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