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"Burk is insistent and urgent when pressing the cause of gender equality. Part primer, part call to arms with its lessons on how politics work.  .  .valuable lessons for every voter: Take time to know what your candidates stand for, question and prod them beyond bromides and talking points, and hold them accountable." The Washington Post


"Whether you're a young woman worried about your future, an employed woman fighting to break the glass ceiling, a mom out of the paid workforce, a retired woman struggling to make ends meet, or a feminist activist trying to change the world, this book has the information you need." Eleanor Smeal, Publisher, Ms. Magazine

"A call to action and a resource for women who want to understand what's really at stake, and why women should view their political selves in a more powerful way. Burk's book is also a great primer on the issues that you think know something about, but would like a little more background on without the spin of cable talking heads, like the Affordable Care Act, why women voters should care about the mortgage/housing crisis, foreign affairs, reproductive health, paid maternity leave, civil rights -- you name it, she's got it in this valuable book." Joanne Bamberger, The Huffington Post

"This is a must have for every voter, not just women . . . the heart of this book is Burk's explanation of the issues.   Read the book and then share with the women in your life. Or buy a few copies and start an election discussion group". -- Vivalafeminista.com

About the Author

Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's issues expert who is co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. She serves as the Money Editor for Ms. magazine, and she is a syndicated newspaper columnist and frequent blogger for Huffington Post. Her public radio show Equal Time originates from KSFR public radio in Santa Fe, and is marketed through Public Radio Exchange from Public Radio International. Her latest book Your Voice, Your Vote is a Ms. Magazine book selection. Dr. Burk has long been active in public debate and political analysis. She has provided briefing papers for presidential candidates, including Bill Bradley, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, and Bill Richardson, and has worked closely with members of the United States Congress on issues of importance to women. She served as a Senior Policy Adviser for Women's Issues to Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico. From 2000-2005 Dr. Burk served as Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations. Dr. Burk led the NCWO effort to open the Augusta National Golf Club to women, and remains at the forefront of the debate on women's progress in Corporate America. She has appeared on a great number of news shows, including The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsnight with Aaron Brown, Lou Dobbs Moneyline, CNN Financial, Bloomberg News, Wolf Blitzer Reports, CBS This Morning, Brian Williams Show, Fox Morning News, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Hardball, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been featured on hundreds of talk radio programs. Dr. Burk has been a regular guest public affairs programs and a contributor to major newspapers, websites, and print outlets on public policy, including USA Today, The Nation, Knight-Ridder wire services, Scripps Howard news services, Louisville Courier Journal, Los Angeles Daily News, Working Woman, Business Woman, Executive Female, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TomPaine.com, Alternet, and The Huffington Post. Print coverage of her work has been extensive, with multiple articles in every major and many minor newspapers and magazines, including extensive coverage in The New York Times. Profiles, some with front page coverage, have appeared in People Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, and More Magazine.
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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470165538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470165536
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's issues expert who is co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, a research and policy analysis organization in Washington, D.C. She is currently Director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO). She also serves as the Money Editor for Ms. Magazine, and frequent blogger for Huffington Post. Her public radio show Equal Time with Martha Burk originates from KSFR public radio in Santa Fe, and is marketed through Public Radio Exchange from Public Radio International.

She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her background includes experience as a university research director, management professor, and advisor to political campaigns and organizations. Her latest book Your Money And Your Life: The High Stakes for Women Voters in '08 and Beyond (April 2008) is a Ms. Magazine book selection and New Mexico book award winner for best political book of 2008. The book has been updated with the new title Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need for every election cycle, and the 2016-18 edition is now out.

Dr. Burk has long been active in public debate and political analysis. She has provided briefing papers for presidential candidates, including Bill Bradley, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, and Bill Richardson, and has worked closely with members of the United States Congress on issues of importance to women. She served as a Senior Policy Adviser for Women's Issues to Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico.

From 2000-2005 Dr. Burk served as Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations a network of over 200 national women's groups collectively representing ten million women. Dr. Burk led the NCWO effort to open the Augusta National Golf Club to women, and remains at the forefront of the debate on women's progress in Corporate America. She has appeared on a great number of news shows, including The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsnight with Aaron Brown, Lou Dobbs Moneyline, CNN Financial, Bloomberg News, Wolf Blitzer Reports, CBS This Morning, Brian Williams Show, American Morning with Paula Zahn, UpClose, Crossfire, Fox Morning News, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, News with Connie Chung, Hardball, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.. In addition she been seen on many sports shows, including HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, ESPN Outside the Lines, Listen Up! With Charles Barkley. She has been featured on hundreds of talk radio programs.

Dr. Burk has been a regular guest on the PBS public affairs program "Debates, Debates," and a contributor to major newspapers, websites, and print outlets on public policy, including USA Today, The Nation, Knight-Ridder wire services, Scripps Howard news services, Louisville Courier Journal, Los Angeles Daily News, Working Woman, Business Woman, Executive Female, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TomPaine.com, Alternet, and The Huffington Post.

Print coverage of her work has been extensive, with multiple articles in every major and many minor newspapers and magazines, including extensive coverage in The New York Times. Profiles, some with front page coverage, have appeared in People Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, More Magazine and a number of others. Prior to her signing on as Money Editor to the magazine, Martha Burk was named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine in 2003.

Dr. Burk has served on the Commission for Responsive Democracy, the Advisory Committee of Americans for Workplace Fairness, the Sex Equity Caucus of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the board of directors of the National Committee on Pay Equity, where she headed the Legislative Task Force. She currently serves as an advisory board member to several other national organizations, including the Ford Foundation and Women for World Peace, a project of the Twenty First Century Foundation.

In addition to extensive work on domestic policy, Dr. Burk has conducted training workshops with women's NGOs internationally in Macedonia and Kuwait, under the sponsorship of USAID, and has conducted training in the U.S. for delegations from Russia, Botswana, Korea, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Middle East. She has recently been a member of official U.S. Delegations to international conferences in Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, and China.

Institutional consulting clients have included the University of Texas, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, Kansas House of Representatives, Women's International News Gathering Service, National Education Association, Search for Common Ground, the United States Information Agency, UNESCO, and the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Burk's previous book, Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It (2005), is published by Scribner.

She resides in Corrales, New Mexico with her husband, Ralph Estes. Her two sons and five grandchildren live in Texas.

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Your Voice, Your Vote addresses a diversity of subjects of particular interest to women including pay equity, reproductive health, child care, racism, education, social responsibilities, political leadership, and more. Martha Burk and I do not agree on every issue, but what comes through clearly and effectively, is that women need to be aware of the serious issues facing us simply because of gender. Read the book to understaqnd how some of the rights and protections that we as women take for granted in the US really do not exist. I recommend this to every woman, and to every man who is concerned about women. Martha gives practical ways to become actively involved through political knowledge and action.
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A well written book about how political issues affect women, from girls in school to women on Social Security. A great choice for girls and women (or men) who would like to further their knowledge, it has solid content in each chapter, and Burk includes over 300 endnotes, making the book a valuable resource even after the first read-through.
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A virtual encyclopedia of political issues as they affect women. History, progress, and how to make the change we need. Where women stand and the potential for becoming a formidable political force. A very timely book and easy to read.
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In this book Martha Burk has meticulously described and documented the current political issues relevant to women and gives you questions to ask any candidate you are considering voting for. It can be equally useful to a political novice or political wonk as it takes each issue, i.e. taxes, healthcare, reproductive rights, the military, pay equity, Social Security, Child Care, Family Leave, etc., and describes succinctly, in straight forward English, the key points. It is dense with information and very readable. Remarkably, given Burk's strong opinions, it is non-partisan. Regardless of your politics, read this book. Be informed before you decide who to vote for in November.
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What I like most about this book, is it helps navigate thru the most important issues of today, while posing questions that we should ask ourselves and should directly understand from the candidates that are running for office, both incumbants and newcomers.

It provided statistics, and covered both historical and relevant topics affecting us now, to bring understanding to these issues.
Very easy to read, without being "dumbed down", pertinent information, and it poses the question...Why should women care.
Must read.
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Achieving breadth and depth, as well as clarity in writing about issues so complex as women and the political climate that has impacted their lives over many decades is truly remarkable. Every scintilla of information about women has to be compared with males and all special interest and disenfranchised groups to arrive at clarity with respect to women's situations. As a former university professor, this is the kind of book I sought out to achieve these goals. It is never too early to expose students to the facts. Bravo, Dr. Burk!
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Your Voice Your Vote is an important read for any woman to wants to be an informed, enlightened voter. The books examines many issues, not just "women's Issues" that are of great importance to women voters if they want to be savvy voters. It's an easy and pleasant read also.
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Martha Burk is a true feminist that inspires women to become more involved in our political society today. Her book Your Voice Your Vote empowers women to take action about the important political issues our government does not recognize or take care of. Her tone of voice in this book is clear and seriously straight to the point. Most importantly she addresses how women need to become more involved in voting. "Women are the majority in the United States, and outnumber men in voter registration and voter turnout,"(Martha Burk).However, I honestly think that this book will inspire a woman who wants to know what is going in our world today.If you are not involved in politics or simply don't care, then this is not the book for you.But who knows, it might change your life around and make you realize that there are more important things in life than just watching reality tv such as Keeping Up With the Kardasians. I highly recommend this book to women who want to know about important political issues that Martha Burke conveys. These poltical issues that she reveals will definitely impact your lives. It will inspire you to have your voice heard and take action to make a difference in our corrupt society today.
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