Rebecca Sive is a seasoned political analyst, women’s leadership strategist and historian. 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. Her podcast, #VoteHerIn – a joint production with Two Broads Talking Politics – addresses the challenge women face in achieving any kind of executive political power and was named one of the 15 best political podcasts by Marie Claire magazine. The popular pod features prominent women leaders working in diverse political contexts sharing personal stories and offering frank and inspirational guidance.
Rebecca’s career has spanned executive positions in government, philanthropy, academia, business, and the not-for-profit sector. She founded 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, immediate past president of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College. She is the creator of Women Lawyers Lead (WLL) © – counseling women lawyers on the strategies to become influential leaders in the profession and in the public square.
Sive was a founding commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, which adjudicates matters of discrimination; served as advisor to Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington; founded one of the nation’s first women’s centers; and was among the national leaders who developed women’s issues agendas for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
She is listed in the biographical dictionary, Feminists Who Changed America; has received distinguished achievement awards from the Illinois General Assembly; her alma maters, Carleton College and the University of Illinois, among others. Her articles and op-eds have appeared in The Huffington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Hill, and 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; why electing women to office, particularly executive office, really matters to the future of every American woman and girl, and how we can get this done; and how women across generations, experiences, and backgrounds can – together – advance equality for everywoman.
I am grateful to you for adding your voice to the essential conversation about women’s leadership that we need to have as a country. – Hillary Rodham Clinton
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
Rebecca Sive discusses her leadership guide for women on Chicago Tonight.
LWV Chicago and Union League Club celebrate Women's History Month with guest speaker Rebecca Sive.
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.
Moving to Wednesdays! 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 Wednesday.
Marie Claire magazine named #VoteHerIn one of The 15 Best Political Podcasts to Prepare You for the 2020 Election!