“I have long believed that women who dream big, work hard, and get back up after they get knocked down can do anything; Stephanie Schriock is one of those women. I’m so glad her thoughtful guidance is now available for women everywhere.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton
"Stephanie Schriock leads the leaders.”—Michelle Lujan Grisham, governor of New Mexico
“Run to Win is an antidote to anxiety and a welcome call to action. I encourage every woman (and a few good men) to dive into Run to Win and take your turn at saving the world.”—Stacey Abrams
From the president of EMILY's List, a playbook for women changing the world in politics, business, or any arena, with a foreword from Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.
For the past thirty-five years EMILY's List has helped the campaigns of thousands of pro-choice Democratic women, but the hardest part has always been convincing more women to run. Then Donald Trump was elected, and something shifted into place. American women who were furious and frustrated were looking for a way to channel their outrage into action, united in proclaiming, "If that guy can get elected, why not me?"
The day after the 2016 election, dozens of women searched out an old sign-up link buried on the EMILY's List website. By Thanksgiving, those dozens had grown to a few thousand. And that was only the beginning. By the end of 2018, there were nearly fifty thousand women signed up to run for office, with scores more signing up each day.
Run to Win is for all women who are looking to lead. Organized around the steps that EMILY's List coaches its candidates through (from deciding to run through celebrating victory), this book is full of essential lessons for any woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated field. Their arena is politics but their message is universal.
And Stephanie Schriock is the most qualified person to share these lessons. Not only is she a powerful figure in politics but she's also a woman who commands respect for her astounding success as president of EMILY's List and a longtime Democratic operative. Her message is uplifting and actionable, her voice is that of your best girlfriend walking you through what you need to consider as you make your plan, and her experience coaching the biggest female candidates in recent elections (including all of the female 2020 Democratic presidential candidates) makes her the de facto authority on the strategies women can employ to run, fight, and win, whatever their field or goal.
Schriock, the president of Emily's List, a political action committee geared toward helping pro-choice Democratic women candidates, debuts with an accessible guide to running for office. The traditional qualifications for running are less important than "integrity, passion, energy, commitment, and a true willingness to work hard, learn, and ask for help," Schriock writes. Questions women should ask themselves before starting a campaign include "What motivates me?" and "What do I have to offer?" Schriock notes that Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is an introvert who learned to "overcome her shyness" to achieve her goals, and points to Illinois congresswoman Lauren Underwood as an example of how to mine a sense of purpose from one's experience. After working to implement the Affordable Care Act for the Obama administration, Underwood was shocked when her Republican congressman voted for a bill that would have undermined its protections for people with preexisting conditions. She ran for his seat and won. Schriock also explains best practices for campaign fund-raising, how to move forward after a loss, and how to keep a campaign team happy and committed to the cause. Though Schriock meanders into superfluous personal anecdotes, women contemplating a political career will appreciate her comprehensive and easy-to-follow advice.