Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World Read Online Free - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.” A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she’d been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice—all women’s voices—were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them.
Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military).
Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends.
In Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand is the tough-love older sister and cheerleader every woman needs. She explains why “ambition” is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women “having it all” is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in.
Praise for Off the Sidelines
“Gillibrand has written a handbook for the next generation of women to redefine their role in our world.”—Arianna Huffington
“There are moments of immensely appealing self-disclosure that seldom appear in other books of this genre. . . . This isn’t your mother’s political memoir.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Kirsten Gillibrand 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.”—Connie Britton
“One of the most helpful, readable, down-to-earth, and truly democratic books ever to come out of the halls of power.”—Gloria Steinem
“A powerful message . . . Gillibrand [is] a fearless advocate for women.”—Marie Claire
“With her new memoir, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seems to be taking a page out of the presidential playbook. . . . In style, however, Gillibrand’s book differs significantly from previous political memoirs. Hers is a quick read, chatty, candid.”—The Washington Post
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April 04, 2016
If you're like me, you're reading this book because you want to find out how to get to where you want to be in your own life by learning how someone else got to where they wanted to be in theirs. (p. 19)
Nope. That is not why I read this book. Also, now that I have read this book, I know I am noth...
October 21, 2014
My only disappointment with this book came when I finished it - it looks like the only people reading/reviewing this on goodreads are women. It's important for men to read this book too!
November 09, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it. I am a huge Kirsten Gillibrand fan but honestly my feelings are somewhat mixed towards this read. For that reason I rated it a 3-STAR although 3.5 is probably more accurate.
For some background color let me share that I recently read Elizab...
December 14, 2014
This was an easy, light read. I wish there had been more substance. The overall theme of the book is that one shouldn't be content to "sit on the sidelines" of life. If there is something you care about, you should get involved in some way to try to affect change. This is a great message. My main...
February 15, 2015
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) comes from a family of politically active women, and her book is part memoir about her experiences in politics so far, and part call to action (for more women to get into politics, and for policies to fix inequities working women face in our country).
October 24, 2014
Part-memoir, part-playbook, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World” is a refreshingly practical addition to the women’s empowerment shelf, especially for women who aspire to public service. True to mission, the book even ends with a note that the women...
May 31, 2016
Kirsten Gillibrand's book has inspired me, and not because I'm a lawyer or congresswoman with a family and crazy busy life. She inspires me with her complete empathy for those who need help in any capacity, regardless of how similar or different they are to her. Her overarching purpose of the boo...
August 04, 2016
Off the Sidelines was an important book to read. I like Kirsten Gillibrand – and I wanted to know more about her. I believe that her memoir helped me to understand more about her – and a little bit more about politics in general. While I still have no desire whatsoever to be a politician, Gillibr...
November 28, 2014
So inspiring and thought provoking. Shares some highlights if her early years and how she was inspired to get into politics by then First Lady Hilary Clinton. She then talks about the issues she covered in the house & then the Senate. She talks about different issues such as learning how to b...
April 25, 2015
Part campaign biography, part political manifesto. Interesting to see the thought processes of one of the few women in Congress who have talked openly about the intense sexism still going on (or who at least will write it down in their memoir).
Interesting especially in light of current choices f...