Rebecca Sive is an ardent social justice and women’s rights advocate, political strategist and feminist community organizer. She is the author of VOTE HER IN: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President and EVERY DAY IS ELECTION DAY: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House.
She is the co-producer and host of the #VoteHerIn podcast series – a joint production with Two Broads Talking Politics. The influential podcast for progressive political activists tracks the movement to elect our first woman POTUS and was named one of the 15 best political podcasts by Marie Claire magazine.
Rebecca’s career has spanned executive positions in government, philanthropy, academia, business, and the not-for-profit sector. She created the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy women’s public leadership initiative, whose faculty included former White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett; Julia Stasch, President of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College. She is the developer of Women Lawyers Lead (WLL)© – providing women lawyers with the strategies to become influential leaders in the public square. She founded one of the nation’s first women’s centers; was among the first modern generation of women appointed to public office, including the Illinois Human Rights Commission at its inception; served as advisor to Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington; and was among the national leaders who developed women’s issues agendas for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Sive is listed in the biographical dictionary, Feminists Who Changed America; has received distinguished achievement awards from the Illinois General Assembly; her undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College; and the University of Illinois (from which she received an M.A. in American History), among others. Her op eds have appeared in The Huffington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Hill, and at MSNBC.
Rebecca has spoken at colleges and universities, corporations, national nonprofits and associations. She speaks about strategies for women to gain power and influence in the public square, including as elected and appointed officials; why electing a woman POTUS asap is critical to our nation’s healthy future and the movement of women into executive leadership everywhere; and how women across generations, experiences, and backgrounds can − together − advance equality for everywoman.
Rebecca’s audiences call her “a visionary, deeply thoughtful speaker on women’s leadership” and “profoundly radiant; delightful; lively; brilliant.”
“The rising of women can mean the rising of us all. Sive knows how to make that happen!” – Heather Booth, feminist and civil rights leader
“Advocates like you – dedicated to educating and empowering the next generation of women leaders – make me so confident in our country’s future. I applaud the important work you are doing.” – Cecile Richards, Immediate Past President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
“I am so excited to be a part of an event featuring Rebecca Sive, acclaimed author of VOTE HER IN, an impressive strategic guide for all women who want to be a part of breaking the glass ceiling.” – Jan Schakowsky, Member of Congress
Books, Films & Projects
LWV Chicago and Union League Club celebrate Women's History Month with guest speaker Rebecca Sive.
Rebecca Sive discusses women in politics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Women's Funding Network Conference: What's Next in Women's Public Leadership?
Rebecca Sive talks about her book "Every Day Is Election Day" at Politics and Prose.
Listen to Rebecca’s #VoteHerIn podcast series on Two Broads Talking Politics and join the movement to elect our first woman POTUS. New episodes every other Friday!
Marie Claire magazine named #VoteHerIn one of The 15 Best Political Podcasts to Prepare You for the 2020 Election!