Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Redefine the expectations for women in leadership roles with this #1 New York Times bestselling volume of inspiring advice by the former communications director for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.Framed as an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to su...

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Title:Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World
Author:Jennifer Palmieri
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  • Sarah Elizabeth

    This book is empowering and encouraging. It is thoughtful and interesting. It speaks to the ways we as a country, but especially as women, can learn from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and uses those experiences to encourage and guide our future female president.

    one of my favorite lines says, "a woman can be both strong and emotional." To which I say AMEN!

    I highly recommend everyone read this short book. it will encourage and uplift you.

    I received a digital ARC

    This book is empowering and encouraging. It is thoughtful and interesting. It speaks to the ways we as a country, but especially as women, can learn from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and uses those experiences to encourage and guide our future female president.

    one of my favorite lines says, "a woman can be both strong and emotional." To which I say AMEN!

    I highly recommend everyone read this short book. it will encourage and uplift you.

    I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

  • Natali

    You'll understood pretty early on in this book that she needed to write this for her own sanity and mindset as much as for the rest of us. The author was one of the main employees of the 2016 Clinton campaign. This isn't really a postmortem of that campaign, although there is some of that. More, this is a mantra of how that campaign was just a page in what could be a much better novel for all of us, not just women. I think she is saying that she has wisdom to share and we all do and it is time f

    You'll understood pretty early on in this book that she needed to write this for her own sanity and mindset as much as for the rest of us. The author was one of the main employees of the 2016 Clinton campaign. This isn't really a postmortem of that campaign, although there is some of that. More, this is a mantra of how that campaign was just a page in what could be a much better novel for all of us, not just women. I think she is saying that she has wisdom to share and we all do and it is time for us to share for the collective good. I appreciate that she did this. I wish we would all have the gumption to share and inspire in the spirt of this book.

    And for those who will accuse her of whining about a Trump win, read the book. That isn't at all what this is. And if you are inclined to think so without reading the book, we probably shouldn't be GoodReads friends or any other social network for that matter.

  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City

    Could it be that women are meant to go only so far in the world? No, that can’t be it. Women haven’t plateaued; it is the rules we were playing by that are outdated. — Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

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    Jennifer Palmieri’s “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World” is a must-read for all women and men, it’s inspiring, empowering, and optimistic.

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    "My book explained what happened

    Could it be that women are meant to go only so far in the world? No, that can’t be it. Women haven’t plateaued; it is the rules we were playing by that are outdated. — Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

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    Jennifer Palmieri’s “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World” is a must-read for all women and men, it’s inspiring, empowering, and optimistic.

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    "My book explained what happened and where we need to go from here. Jennifer Palmieri picks up the ball and runs with it in this book. It's about being a woman, working for a woman, and telling the stories of the personal and professional ups and downs that all women need to hear as we chart our individual and collective futures."― Hillary Rodham Clinton

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    As the former Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, the White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama, and various other politicians, Palmieri has been in the frontline of politics of many years, not to mention, campaigning for what was probably the most gruesome & consequential presidential campaign in the history. This book is essentially an open letter to the women who will be our first women president, thank you letter to Hillary Clinton, and empowering letter to all women looking to leave their mark in the world.

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    Short, but powerful and well-written, Palmieri reflects back on campaigning for Hillary Clinton and her time & experience in politics, with some personal stories interwoven. I find her deep-reflection & analyses of double standard during Hillary Clinton presidential campaign very insightful & painfully honest. She believed until recently that women’s equality fight has be won & done, but after the election loss, she started to see almost everything about the public’s perception of Clinton through the gender factor. I just had goosebumps writing that, lol. Palmieri opens up about how it felt for her during the campaign, the unprecedented personal attacks against the candidate, and the loss on election night. Let’s be real, things were not easy for Hillary, whether you like her or not. I’ll never forgive James Comey, although that wasn’t the only deciding factor. But to be the most qualified presidential candidate in the history, and to lose to the least qualified reality show celebrity 🍊🤡, it’s one ridiculously painful loss. I hope that we learned our lesson, and we certainly cannot afford another disastrous outcome in 2020.

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    This isn’t a gossipy, “what-ifs” tell-all kind of a book, rather a book of forward-thinking framework inspirational & practical advice for all women. Palmieri advises a future generation of women to embrace their femininity as a political advantage in the face of a male-dominated field, but also in other life settings as well. As painful the loss was, Palmieri wraps it in a empowering & positive note and as a learning experience. I really like the different styles of books & writing coming from Obama & Clinton staffers. Everyone writes in their own voice, style, and personality, and it’s interesting to read how they each experienced their time in politics differently. She could’ve easily write a memoir-type of a book, but I thought this format was really creative & right way to deliver her story & core message. I am looking forward to reading many more books by the staffers on my TBR list. You know what I’d love to read, a memoir by Hillary’s aid, Huma Abedin! Oh boy, that would be a good one. 🤣 This book, at times painful, but overall, a wonderful, inspiring read. I’ve actually never heard Palmieri speak before, but her intelligence, experience, and personality were deeply felt. Highly recommend it!

  • Mayra

    I've thought over and over about the best way to describe this little book and one image of my childhood comes to mind: I am sunburned and my mom gently rubs cold Noxema on my back. Yes, that is precisely how reading this little book felt. Yes, this is an open letter for the women who will run the world, but it is also a heart-balm for those of us who were robbed of our hopes in the 2016 election. This is a quick read packed with emotion.

  • Sarah

    This is a heartfelt book of advice from Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's 2016 Director of Communications, as well a former Obama and Clinton White House staffer, to the woman out there who will eventually be our first female president--and really for any woman in the workplace or in the world. It's also a memoir of sorts, as Palmieri relates stories of her time as a woman in politics and the ways that gender impacted the Clinton campaign. Overall, a really lovely and hopeful piece about the

    This is a heartfelt book of advice from Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's 2016 Director of Communications, as well a former Obama and Clinton White House staffer, to the woman out there who will eventually be our first female president--and really for any woman in the workplace or in the world. It's also a memoir of sorts, as Palmieri relates stories of her time as a woman in politics and the ways that gender impacted the Clinton campaign. Overall, a really lovely and hopeful piece about the heights women can and will reach.

    *Used for PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge prompt "A book about feminism."

  • Gail

    It's been a hard week. Politics has me down in the dumps. But in wanting to share my review of Jennifer Palmieri's "Dear Madam President," I felt hopeful again re-reading this quote below from the book. It reminded me of how I optimistic I felt with almost every page of this slim little read—a book that's equal parts memoir about Palmieri's experiences working for Obama and HRC and a story of inspiring positive change. If this excerpt fires you up, then I recommend you give this one a read!

  • Barbara

    Jennifer Palmieri was the director of communication for Hilary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. This book is a letter to any future woman president. It is also about the perils Clinton faced during the campaign as a woman persuing an office that tradition has reserved for men. Palmieri shares many insights that can help any woman seeking a leadership position. She is honest about the prejudices and biases a woman seeking power will face. She believes it is an "upsetting of the natural balan

    Jennifer Palmieri was the director of communication for Hilary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. This book is a letter to any future woman president. It is also about the perils Clinton faced during the campaign as a woman persuing an office that tradition has reserved for men. Palmieri shares many insights that can help any woman seeking a leadership position. She is honest about the prejudices and biases a woman seeking power will face. She believes it is an "upsetting of the natural balance to upend the patriarchy" that is at the root of the problem.

    Much of her advice is similar to that of Mary Beard in her book, Women and Power. "When it comes to pleasing the masses in a patriarchal society, women seeking power can't win playing by the old man-centric rules. This is why we should stop expecting to find ourselves reflected in our country's history and models of power, and write our own story." Palmieri believes we are hurting ourselves if, in the future we continue "to play a niche role in a workplace built for men".

    Jennifer Palmieri's message is powerful and hopeful. I am heartened by her words, but the 2016 election shattered my optimism. Perhaps a U.S. president will be a woman in the distant future, but in 2020? Only in my dreams.

  • Liz

    I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The author provided valuable information for future female leaders, and I will continue to support intelligent, progressive women who run for public office. However, the book's path was distracting when it went off topic by elaborating on the author's personal and family struggles as a paid consultant to Hillary. I would have preferred a clearer road map for young women seeking a career in politics.

  • Matt

    The 2016 US Presidential Election is that indelible mark that will likely be commented upon far past the next such event. Historians are happy to watch the ‘players’ bandy their own theories about for the time being. Jennifer Palmieri, a senior member of the Clinton Campaign, pens this short piece in the guise of writing a letter to the future first female President of the United States. In fact, it is her own mini-memoir and soapbox statement about the campaign, the issues, and her involvement

    The 2016 US Presidential Election is that indelible mark that will likely be commented upon far past the next such event. Historians are happy to watch the ‘players’ bandy their own theories about for the time being. Jennifer Palmieri, a senior member of the Clinton Campaign, pens this short piece in the guise of writing a letter to the future first female President of the United States. In fact, it is her own mini-memoir and soapbox statement about the campaign, the issues, and her involvement in the political process. She explores how this fictitious first female POTUS will have to embrace her difference from all past holders of the office, rather than try to downplay it. She speaks of how said POTUS will have to rise above the fray and face verbal bullets along the way, as well as some of the poisonous attacks that Clinton took from the Trump fans. This elusive POTUS will also have to strive to be better and look back on what came before her, seeking to better the institution and the country, while staying true to herself and her family. Overall, Palmieri needed a place to vent her frustrations about being so close and so far from being able to pen this letter to her own boss after 2016. A decent account of personal stories and sentiments, though by now the entire process has been so over-examined that without something new to offer, the narrative blends in to all the other pieces that fill bookstore shelves.

    I will be the first to admit that I was not pleased with the end result of the 2016 US presidential election, for more reasons than one. However, I have read many of the books on the subject, from both academics and laypeople, campaign staffers and candidates, which has given me some detailed—and exhausted—insight into the process and the end result that November night. In the end, there are reasons that things turned out a certain way, some of which are being investigated at present. However, there seems to be only so much that can be said and so many ways to blame a fool. We must look forward to heal and while Palmieri wants to, she’s still wrapped up in some regurgitation that does little to move the discussion forward. Developing a book about an open letter to a future presidential election winner is good, though the true content of this piece is less about the uplifting newness of the process and a way to bitch about why Clinton could not hold that role. It’s ok, bitterness is likely still concentrated in the veins of the campaign workers, but they will need to shake some of it off and look to 2020, when there is a new chance to slay an old dragon. Palmieri has some interesting perspectives, having worked with some strong-willed characters in the realm of US politics. But, these are used as anecdotes to create a mini-memoir about her own life, rather than constructive ideas for a yet to be identified winner of a presidential election who will go where Clinton could not in 2016. May that woman be great and intelligent, as well as keen to govern, but may she also not sit around and kick the can about lost opportunities forever.

    Kudos, Madam Palmieri, for a decent insight into your life and experiences. A brief read, so the experience is not overly time consuming or troublesome. You communicated well with the time given to examine the subject matter.

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  • Charlotte Jones

    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Despite this being a best selling non-fiction title, I had never heard of it before seeing it on NetGalley. Being someone who has only been learning about American politics since 2016, Jennifer Palmieri wasn't a name that was familiar to me.

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book unfortunately. I don't feel that the title, and especially the subtitle 'An Open Letter to the W

    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Despite this being a best selling non-fiction title, I had never heard of it before seeing it on NetGalley. Being someone who has only been learning about American politics since 2016, Jennifer Palmieri wasn't a name that was familiar to me.

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book unfortunately. I don't feel that the title, and especially the subtitle 'An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World', is indicative of what the book actually is. Jennifer Palmieri runs through her own experiences as part of the Hillary Clinton campaign and expresses what she thinks happened during the presidential election. Only the very end of each chapter is really addressed to 'Madam President', a future female president. I felt that the book is sold as an uplifting letter to women who aim for greatness, but sadly this felt like Palmieri airing her shock and sadness at the outcome of the election. She even mentions Hillary's What Happened in this book and as harsh as it sounds, I think the author is covering much of the same ground as Hillary Clinton did in her previously published account.

    Unfortunately, I wouldn't really recommend this. Though I feel that the intentions were good, the execution was lacking and I feel that there are other books out there that would do the intended job better, uplifting women and inspiring them to enter politics.

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