Rebecca Sive


Rebecca Sive is the author of three books on American women’s politics and power; a women’s leadership strategist, motivational speaker, and experienced media analyst; and both a past faculty member of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and statewide governmental official. She co-produced and co-hosted the podcast, #VoteHerIn, with Two Broads Talking Politics, a “best political podcast,” according to Parade magazine. Her books include: Make Herstory Your Story: Your Guided Journal to Justice Every Day for Every Woman; Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman; Every Day Is Election Day:  A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House.

Sive’s articles and op-eds have appeared in The Huffington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Hill, at MSNBC, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Chicago Sun-Times, and elsewhere. Selected Huffington Post articles were picked up by USA Today and NPR and reported on in the Washington Post. She has appeared in national, regional, and local media as a commentator for over three decades.

Founding director of one of the nation’s first women’s centers; founding commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, an adjudicatory body; a leader of the campaign to elect Chicago’s first African American mayor (Harold Washington), advisor to him, and appointee of his as Commissioner, Chicago Park District, Sive was among the national decisionmakers who developed women’s issues agendas for US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. She holds an M.A. in American History and is the recipient of many awards for her public leadership, including from the United Negro College Fund, the YWCA, the Jaycees, and her alma maters, the University of Illinois, and Carleton College. She is listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press (2006).

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