Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a book about women and leadership from a former Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton aide, Jennifer Palmieri.
The book, already endorsed by Clinton, has been described as "an open letter to the women who will run the world" intended to "empower and embolden women to reach for the top rung in any situation".
While in the vein of titles such as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, it draws on insider stories and takeaways from Palmieri’s experience working on Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and from serving as the White House communications director for former president Barack Obama.
According to Hodder, Palmieri makes clear in the book that she believes Clinton's election defeat to Donald Trump reveals how, despite all the gains women have made, we still struggle to envision a woman as president. Palmieri said in a statement she now wants to "provide all women with advice and lessons learned the hard way to help them lead in their communities, flourish in the workplace, and literally run the world".
UK rights in Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World were acquired through Nicole Bond at fellow Hachette publisher Grand Central in the US. The book will publish on 27th March 2018.
Drummond Moir, Hodder general non-fiction publisher, said: "Offering both indispensable advice for the next generation of female leaders, and a no-holds-barred account of the inner workings of the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Dear Madam President is timely, vital and empowering. We’re matching US publication off the back of incredible advance praise for the book, and are particularly proud to be publishing it on the centenary of (some) women getting the vote in the UK."
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