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Virtual SJCC Book Fest: Jennifer Steinhauer

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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SJCC Book Fest in Your Living Room Presents New York Times journalist Jennifer Steinhauer
“The Firsts: The Inside Story of Women Reshaping Congress”
Moderated by Elaine Kraft

Celebrate Passover with us by honoring Miriam and her legacy of leadership! There are more women in Congress now than ever before. With the groundbreaking election of Vice President Kamala Harris, what can we learn from the past to ensure this trend continues while also making room for greater minority representation? “The Firsts” chronicles these trailblazing women of the freshman class of the 116th Congress, from campaigns to their impact in the White House and in popular culture. Journalist and author Jennifer Steinhauer will discuss her new book and her experiences in covering some of the most powerful and influential women in Congress and how they contributed to Harris’s election.

This event is moderated by Elaine Kraft, Intergovernmental and Communications Director at Cascade Water Alliance.

$12 talk only | $22 with book (includes shipping)*
Zoom links emailed one hour before the event starts. Ticket sales end on March 23 at 6 pm.

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Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council
Book sales partner: Island Books
*Book purchase includes shipping and will be mailed after the event.

About the Book:
In November 2018, the greatest number of women in American history entered Congress. From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “the Squad” to “the Badasses” with national security backgrounds, from the first two Native Americans in Congress to the first two Muslim women, all were swept into office on a wave of grassroots support diverse in background, age, professional experience, and ideology. Steinhauser chronicles their transition from running trailblazing campaigns to the daily work of governance. In committee rooms, offices, and conversations on the run through the halls of the Capitol, she probed the question: Would Washington, with its hidebound traditions, change the changemakers or would this Congress, which looked a little more like today’s America, truly be the start of something new? Vivid and smart, The Firsts delivers fresh details, inside access, historical perspective, and expert analysis as these women — inspiring, controversial, talented, and rebellious — did something truly surprising: make Congress essential again.

About the Author:
Jennifer Steinhauer has covered numerous high-profile beats in her twenty-five-year reporting career at the New York Times, from City Hall bureau chief and Los Angeles bureau chief to Capitol Hill. She won the Newswoman’s Club of New York Front Page Deadline Reporting Award in 2006 for her reporting on Hurricane Katrina. She has written a novel about the television business and two cookbooks.

About the Moderator:
Elaine Kraft is the Intergovernmental and Communications Director at Cascade Water Alliance. Elaine has more than 25 years of experience in public policy, media, government and community relations, crisis communications, and development. She has worked in both the public and private sector at UW, King County, Weyerhauser Paper Company, the Coors Brewing Company and currently, serves on the board of the SJCC.


Virtual SJCC Event
Mercer Island, WA 98040 United States
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Event Partners:
Jewish Book Council, Island Books

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