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OFF THE SIDELINES: Raise Your Voice, Change the World
by Kristen Gillibrand

OFF THE SIDELINES: Raise Your Voice, Change the World by Kristen Gillibrand

Ballantine Books - Hardcover

On sale: September 2014

See the link: http://time.com/#70842/kirsten-gillibrand-2014-time-100/

Since her appointment in 2009, at age 42, to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate seat when Clinton was appointed Secretary of State, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has established herself as a passionate, fearless, and laser-focused presence in Congress. The granddaughter and daughter of two trail-blazing feminists, Gillibrand is a fierce advocate for getting women involved in the issues that matter most to them and making their voices heard; in 2011, she formed a PAC, Off The Sidelines, with that very mission in mind. And as a wife and mother to two young sons, she's a role model to working moms everywhere. Her book will pull all of these themes together, blending personal stories about her career, marriage, friendships, and family with inspiring advice, and delivering it all in her signature sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice.

Key Selling Points:

MAJOR NATIONAL MEDIA PRESENCE. Gillbrand has appeared on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning, The View, Katie, ESPN, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, World News with Diane Sawyer, CBS Evening News, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Morning Joe, CNBC Squawk Box, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton, and the Rachel Maddow Show, among others. She's been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Marie Claire, the Washington Post, and Newsweek, which named her one of "150 Women Who Shake the World."

HOT TOPIC. As evidenced by hits like LEAN IN and BOSSYPANTS, women are hungry for personal stories from powerful women and advice on navigating careers, managing relationships, and juggling all the facets of a busy, happy life. Gillibrand's message is unique because she focuses on how to improve the lives of women of all walks of life, not just those vying for the corner office, by running for office, speaking up at a city council meeting, joining the PTA, or voting on an issue that affects families.

CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S AND FAMILY ISSUES: In Congress, Gillibrand's causes have included repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, 9/11 health-care legislation, affordable childcare, fighting food stamp cuts, sexual assault in the military, and creating jobs for returning vets.

A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1988, SENATOR GILLIBRAND went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. After working as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade, Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration, then as an attorney in Upstate New York before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th Congressional District, which spanned 10 counties in upstate New York. Gillibrand was first sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009, filling Hillary Rodham Clinton's seat. In November 2012, she was elected to her first six-year Senate term with 72 percent of the vote, winning 60 of New York's 62 counties. She lives in Troy, NY, with her husband, Jonathan, and two young sons.


“Kirsten Gillibrand has written a handbook for the next generation of women to redefine their role in our world. With Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand shows that it's not about getting to the top, or choosing between career and family—it's simply about getting involved. In politics, in our communities, or simply mentoring somebody: When women work together, we all win.”

—Arianna Huffington

“Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's story will prove instructive to anyone who wishes to find her true north, understand power dynamics, and confront entrenched interests when justice is not served. Off the Sidelines is required reading for all women who want to change the world and recognize that to do so they must better understand political realities."

—Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black

“Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in offering this compellingly personal account of her journey to the U.S. Senate, fulfills a vital public purpose. Writing in a voice that is honest, funny, blunt, and strong, she urges women to get OFF THE SIDELINES and start changing the world.”

—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org

"What do you get when a woman is the third generation of fierce, kind-hearted and brilliant political activists? You get Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who writes irresistibly, helps in real-life terms, and uses her clout to get more women elected. OFF THE SIDELINES is one of the most helpful, readable, down to earth and truly democratic books ever to come out of the halls of power."

—Gloria Steinem

"Reading Kirsten's book makes me so proud—as a woman, as an American, and as her friend. She is a beautiful example of what we can become when we are true to ourselves, and brave enough to let our voices be heard. This book is intimately honest and deeply insightful. It should be on every girl's and every woman's reading list, and every boy's and man's too."

—Connie Britton

“A must-read for every woman looking to effect change. Gillibrand's secrets to speaking up—whether it’s striving for political office, the boardroom or to improve your kid's school—are powerful lessons for women looking to make a difference. After all, if you’ve worked hard enough to gain a seat at the table, but you say nothing, that’s a lost opportunity.”

—Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

“Senator Gillibrand is a vibrant role model for her generation and makes a strong and very personal case for why we should all care about our government. Her trademark honesty and humor speak loudly to why we need women in the game.”

—Geraldine Laybourne, founder, Oxygen Media and Kandu

“Kirsten Gillibrand is one of the most forward focused leaders we have working on our behalf, and Off the Sidelines is an excellent example of inspiring women to make their voices heard.”

—Billie Jean King