Yes she can : 10 stories of hope & change from young female staffers of the Obama White House /

by Brayton, Jenna [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York City : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: xvi, 269 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781984848451; 1984848453.Subject(s): Obama, Barack -- Friends and associates -- Juvenile literature | Obama, Barack -- Friends and associates | Presidents -- United States -- Staff -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Young women -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Women -- Political activity -- United States -- Juvenile literature | United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017 -- Juvenile literature | Presidents -- United States -- Staff -- Biography | Young women -- United States -- Biography | United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017 | Nonfiction | Biography | Biographies
Foreword by Yara Shahidi -- Prologue -- Molly Dillon -- Andrea R. Flores -- Kalisha Dessources Figures -- Taylor Lustig -- Vivian P. Graubard -- Eleanor Celeste -- Nita Contreras -- Jenna Brayton -- Jaimie Woo -- Noemie C. Levy -- A girl's guide to getting into government.
Summary: "An anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring young staffers who joined the Obama administration in their 20s with the hope of making a difference"-- Provided by publisher.
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They were teens when Barack Obama announced he was running for president. They came of age in the Obama Era. And then they joined his White House. Smart, motivated, ambitious--and ready to change the world. Kalisha Dessources planned one of the biggest summits held by the Obama White House--The United State of Women. Andrea Flores fought for the president's immigration bill on the Hill. Nita Contreras traveled the globe and owned up to a rookie mistake on Air Force One (in front of the leader of the free world!). Here are ten inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall--fondly and with humor and a dose of humility--what it was like to literally help run the world. And they did it in heels... but also often in sensible flats, too. YES SHE CAN is an intimate look at Obama's presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge--something every girl can do. With contributions from Jenna Brayton, Eleanor Celeste, Nita Contreras, Kalisha Dessources, Molly Dillon, Andrea R. Flores, Vivian P. Graubard, Noemie C. Levy, Taylor Lustig, and Jaimie Woo. Foreword by Yara Shahidi. An actress and activist, Shahidi is the creator of Eighteen x '18, a platform to empower first-time voters.

"Compiled by Molly Dillon"--Cover.

Age: 12+

Grades: 7 to 8.

"An anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring young staffers who joined the Obama administration in their 20s with the hope of making a difference"-- Provided by publisher.

Foreword by Yara Shahidi -- Prologue -- Molly Dillon -- Andrea R. Flores -- Kalisha Dessources Figures -- Taylor Lustig -- Vivian P. Graubard -- Eleanor Celeste -- Nita Contreras -- Jenna Brayton -- Jaimie Woo -- Noemie C. Levy -- A girl's guide to getting into government.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Prologue (p. xiii)
  • Molly Dillon (p. 1)
  • Andrea R. Flores (p. 29)
  • Kalisha Dessources Figures (p. 51)
  • Taylor Lustig (p. 79)
  • Vivian P. Graubard (p. 97)
  • Eleanor Celeste (p. 119)
  • Nita Contreras (p. 145)
  • Jenna Brayton (p. 173)
  • Jaimie Woo (p. 197)
  • Noemie C. Levy (p. 223)
  • A Girl's Guide to Getting into Government (p. 247)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 255)
  • About Yara Shahidi (p. 263)
  • About the Authors (p. 265)

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">My mama has always said there's nothing more interesting than an interested human. And she's so right! It is this curiosity that human progress feeds on; but for too long, girls were not encouraged to follow their curiosity. With educational disparities and discrimination in the classroom and workplaces, the world that we occupy as women comes with the tough reality: we must persevere. Spaces only get more complicated to maneuver in when we include our various intersecting identities: ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, citizenship status, abilities, etc. But what the women who have charted maps of ingenuity, intention, and success have proved is that when women feed their potential, they in turn feed human potential. We are in the midst of a cultural revolution, and women of all walks of life are leading the charge in the fight for equity! Watching this moment in history inspires me and so many of my peers to push past perceived boundaries and create new possibilities. The brilliant humans in this book represent women who became  the change they wanted to see, feel, and experience; and in doing the work, these fierce young women have created space for others to follow suit. I was fortunate enough to visit the Obama White House four times. In fact, President Obama once joked that I should get my own office in the White House. (I quickly closed my eyes to manifest this!) While any opportunity to be in the same room as the Obamas was a gift to me, one of the moments emblazoned on my spirit happened when I cohosted the White House Science Fair, alongside entrepreneur and educational philanthropist Karlie Kloss, under the guidance of scientist Dr. Knatokie Ford. We interviewed brilliant young scientists from around the United States about the scientific innovations and breakthroughs they were creating. Kids of all ages were turning their passions and skills into making education more accessible, creating diagnostic tests for the Ebola virus, inventing alternative power sources, and so much more! The biggest impact, however, was being surrounded by women of different generations--watching the young female scientists exhibiting their findings and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Dr. Jo Handlesman excitedly participating. The unwavering support from President Obama alongside the brilliant women of the White House, celebrating what is traditionally a male-dominated field, reinforced in me and so many others the deep and continued need for female voices in all places. The inspiring female staffers in this book did not just "happen" to land a job in the Obama White House. They worked for it, knowing that other young women were watching and preparing to step into the spaces they created for us through their experiences--good and bad. Yes She Can is a gift; it's filled with ten women's inspiring stories about entering public service under the Obama Administration and how they didn't just survive but thrived in these spaces! These intelligent humans know the importance of their voices and values and became the representation that we are so lacking. Each had her own path to the White House and, once there, made her mark on the world--all while clearing a path and expanding the vision of a more inclusive America. These women, in part, inspired me to create Eighteen x 18, an initiative to increase youth voter education and turnout. They demonstrated for me and my peers that politics can no longer happen without us--we must share a common love for our global community. Their stories serve as a reminder to young people that we are not alone in this fight, that there are women who have taken it upon themselves to trudge through the sometimes treacherous terrain of politics and public service in order to open the doors and let us all in. Their presence has undoubtedly carved the way for us Gen Zers, and I am so grateful that they have decided to share their experiences. May our voices continue to carry the power of generations of women from the past, present, and future!    Excerpted from Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope and Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House by Molly Dillon All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

Foreword by Yara Shahidi. This inspiring and refreshing book features ten young women honestly recounting their experiences working for the Obama White House. From their proudest to their most humbling and intimidated moments, the stories exude authenticity and provide exciting details about working behind the scenes in politics. An appended "Girl's Guide to Getting into Government" suggests programs and resources for politically minded young women. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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