She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World
Women today are still struggling to succeed in power systems that were built by men, for men. After decades of making so much progress, women seem to have plateaued. As America marks the hundredth anniversary of women winning the right to vote, Jennifer Palmieri’s She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World calls on women to boldly break from a world in which they are consistently undervalued and grossly underrepresented in positions of power.
She Proclaims imagines that the man’s world was never women’s destination, but a stop along the way to some place better. Palmieri writes of her own realization that – as a white woman playing by the old rules in the man’s world – she not only held herself back but propped up the power systems that keep women and all people of color from obtaining power. She argues that women have to break from rules of man’s world for their own sake and the sake of all who still struggle in America because of their gender or color. Trying to follow the white man’s path has turned into a woman’s rut and made women enablers of the patriarchy.
Written as a Declaration of Independence, She Proclaims calls on women to reject the biases, beliefs and behaviors they have internalized that hold them back – like believing themselves to be in competition with other women, discounting the power of their own voices, and expecting to do worse than men. Drawing on lessons from history of the women’s suffrage movement and Palmieri’s own experiences, She Proclaims is an empowering and optimistic guide to help women chart their own course forward.
Jennifer Palmieri is a writer and one of the most accomplished communications advisors in politics today. The author of the number 1 New York Times bestseller Dear Madam President, Jennifer was White House Communications Director for President Obama and head of Communications for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. She has been on the frontlines of American politics for 20 years and one of a few people with a hands-on, working knowledge of the complex media environment operating in the U.S. today.
Having served in the West Wing for 12 years under President Obama and President Clinton she has an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience in understanding how US Presidents operate and there is no one working in politics today with more experience in managing crises. She has held the positions of White House Deputy Press Secretary for President Clinton, national press secretary for the Democratic Party and press secretary for the 2004 John Edwards presidential campaign. As someone who worked on the campaign of the first female Democratic nominee, and been a communications advisor to women in the national spotlight, she has a unique perspective on how media and voters treat women in powerful positions.
After losing her sister to early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2017, she has written and spoken about her family’s experience in an effort to aid other families facing the same disease.
Her second book, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World will be published in July of 2021. She is also a guest host of Showtime’s The Circus and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.
Maya L. Harris
Maya L. Harris is an attorney, policy advocate and writer. With over two decades experience at the forefront of state and national advocacy and politics, Maya served as senior policy advisor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, led the global Democracy Rights & Justice program of the Ford Foundation, and headed the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation. She has published commentary in numerous media outlets, been an MSNBC political and legal contributor and profiled in The New Yorker, Washington Post, and O The Oprah Magazine, among other publications.
Laura Brounstein has spent her career focussed on creating content for women and girls that will help them be more powerful and happier. Most recently she was the VP, Content & Campaigns for WeWork, where she was responsible for editorial, social, strategic partnerships, talent relations, and live content. Prior to that, she was Director of Editorial & Business Development at Hearst Magazines, and part of the launch team for Airbnb and Bumble magazines and the Seventeen/Instagram initiative #perfectlyme. Laura also built Cosmopolitan’s Fun, Fearless Life event series. Her 2017 feature “How to Run for Office” won a National Magazine Award. Earlier in her career, she was the Entertainment editor for SELF and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines. She was a founding member of Governor Cuomo’s New York State Council For Women and Girls and is the founder of The 20×20 Series, which raises money via micro dinner events.