I have some news!
I am beyond excited to announce that I'm working on a book. A Pantsuit Nation book. A permanent, beautiful, holdable, snuggle-in-bed-able, dogear-able, shareable, tearstainable book. Your voices. Your stories. Our community. Our project. Our message of hope and change.
When Hillary Clinton implored us on November 9, 2016 to “make sure [our] voices are heard going forward,” I took that to heart. It’s the ultimate call to action. At the end of October, when I invited 30 friends to join a Facebook group, I had a vision of an army of pantsuited warriors going to the polls on Election Day. I now see that that vision was shortsighted. As I’ve said a few times, I believe Pantsuit Nation was more important on the morning of November 9 than it was on the morning of November 8. Our charge going forward - our mission - is no less than to shift the course of history. And we’ll do it through stories.
There are many ways to share stories, and we’ve seen how powerful they can be when simply scrolled through on a Facebook feed. But I also know that many of us, dare I say most of us, have had moments of profound inspiration and connection while holding a book in our hands. As many of our members have commented, the stories of Pantsuit Nation are worthy of a book. The kind of book that will inspire and connect people. I’m so proud to be starting the process of bringing that beautiful idea to life.
If you are interested in having your story be considered for inclusion in the book, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can contact you with more details. Of course the privacy and safety of our members remains the highest priority. Stories and images will only be shared with explicit permission from the author, there will be a clearly defined process for members to grant that permission, and most identifying information will be excluded.
I believe that collecting our stories in a book is an important step, and a very exciting one. The book will further our mission and the premise that stories give meaning to action and that meaningful action leads to long-term, sustainable change.
But the book is only one of many ideas I have in mind. I am also happy to announce that this morning we filed the paperwork to establish Pantsuit Nation as 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations. These organizations will support the advocacy, education, and political action efforts we have already seen grow out of Pantsuit Nation, and will continue to be a part of our work in the future.
There’s so much to do. I can often scarcely contain my energy and enthusiasm for this project, nor can I believe that it was less than two months ago that I uploaded a photo of Hillary, radiant in her white pantsuit at the third presidential debate, and clicked “Create Group.” You are a force, Pantsuit Nation. Let’s see if we can harness that force within the pages of a book and see it on nightstands and coffee tables all around the world. I think we can and I think it’s going to be AMAZING.
Thank you, Pantsuit Nation. Let’s do this!
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