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224 Yes, She Can! with Andrea Flores

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I’m always looking for topics I find inspiring and thought-provoking in this time when we as women feel uncertain, unheard, and like we are losing hope. Today’s show is all about hope and change–and how young, intelligent women are making a difference!

Andrea Flores is the co-writer of a new book, Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House. Andrea is a lawyer in Washington, DC, and served as the regional director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She spent 3 years in several key positions in the Obama White House and worked on the immigration bill that failed to get passed. Before that, she worked in New Mexico on the local government level. She was the first Latinx student body president in the history of Harvard University and graduated from Columbia Law School. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term used to refer to those of Latin origin.)

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Show Highlights:

  • The motivation for the book, Yes She Can, and how the 10 women came together as co-authors
  • Andrea’s road to public service, politics, and the White House
  • How Andrea saw her Mexican-American identity play into the American traditions in politics
  • How Andrea ended up in the Obama White House, starting at the Department of Homeland Security
  • The importance of mentorship for women in both finding one and being one
  • Andrea’s advice to those who are interested in politics: “Take a broad approach, be interested, and be willing to have a lot of different conversations.”
  • The immigration bill that didn’t succeed
  • Learning larger lessons about life
  • Finding hope even in failure
  • Intense and grueling workdays in the White House
  • Women’s attitudes about self-care
  • The difference in the Obama White House and the current administration
  • Topics around diversity and inclusion
  • Why healing is one of Andrea’s top goals
  • Andrea’s favorite nonprofits and organizations: Run for Something, Swing Left, Emily’s List, and those that support women’s reproductive rights
  • The impact of local government and those who are involved

Resources:

Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House by Molly Dillon and Andrea Flores i

www.yesshecanbook.com   Find out about the current book tour!

www.herrulesradio.com/shop

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