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Your Voice Your Vote: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need Paperback – March 10, 2012
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"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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book everyone needs to read, and it list the Republican and Democratic party platforms that I had not seen before. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Morris
I am a female, and I still found this book to be written with an overwhelming amount of bias. Any point she made or statistic she shared was very limited in its scope. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by amaranthe813
Martha Burks, Your voice your vote: The savvy womans guide to power, politics, and the change we need. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Derrick Morgan
This book was assigned to me for my political science class, it's an informative book over the issues on women rights and how their still is segregation. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by p.s.7
An authors purpose and what they think are usually known to the reader at different times in the book. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Lorraine P.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about women's issues in the political world. Personally I felt it to be a bit biesed. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by tylerlwest
This book is an eye opener. I have always been that person who doesn't vote because I think my vote is very insignificant. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Daniel
I think that is a very interesting book and I enjoyed reading it. Martha Burke achieves capture all the issues that women had long time ago. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Enrique Velez
Martha Burk wrote an exceptional book but it isn't a book I would ever choose to read again. She has a very strong and set opinion about women's rights. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Elza Hermosillo