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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
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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Firstly, I want to note on the author's passionate feminism. While that should be fairly obvious from the book's description it shines through the text on every page. It's so clear that if I had been given the book with no title or description, I would still be able to figure it out after only three or four pages. While I have no problem with the writing itself, future readers should be aware of how much emotion is put into this book. If you're looking for a book that's purely informative then I would say that this book isn't for you. For my part, I did learn quite a bit from Your Voice Your Vote, but there were a number of occasions where I felt the ideas Burk raises, were raised in such a way that compelled you to think a certain way.
Secondly, I will say that there were several moments where I disagreed with ideas that were raised. That's not to say that they were bad ideas or that they were poorly conceived. I just didn't agree with them. And even though we didn't share the same perspective, I can acknowledge the level of diligence and effort that went into crafting those ideas. Future readers should be aware that there may be ideas that you strongly disagree with, but that they are fleshed out enough that you can have insight into Burk's perspective.
Overall, this book is absolutely great if you are an active, passionate feminist and will do much to solidify and support the feminist ideals. If you're not part of that group, you may find yourself disagreeing with area's of this book, but there is enough to each idea that you can respect Burk for raising it. For my part, I found areas of this book frustrating when I disagreed with an idea that Burk was particularly passionate about. All that said, I respect Burk for her ideals and her dedication in raising issues that are important to her. Your Voice Your Vote is a good book for those seeking insight into feminism and what their activists are fighting for.