TLDR: I wrote a children's book to inspire little girls to fight for equality and take initiative in public office. Women make 20+% less than men for doing the exact same job and are significantly underrepresented in political office - women of color are even further underrepresented and under paid. My story follows Sabrina, a fourth grader who runs for student council to get equal sized cookies for all of her classmates. It also speaks to the importance of equality and diversity. Please support this campaign, in any way you are able, so I can spread Sabrina's story!
Over the years, I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with women who have held political office and fight for equity, so I decided to write a children's book inspired by them. It’s about a 4th grader named Sabrina who sees inequity, and runs for office to put an end to it. I’ve always loved children's books and their ability to teach lessons and promote life skills in a simple but powerful way, and I want this book to not only teach about equality and why it's important to have more women in office, but to also show a diverse cast of characters.
This story ties together the ideas of gender equity (specifically gender wage equity) and the need for more women (and specifically women of color) to have a voice as representatives in political office, all while teaching the terms and concepts that are a big part of any election. Hopefully, it’ll inspire little girls to someday get involved in politics - or even run for office themselves!
A fun glossary of terms in the beginning allows children to learn new words and see how they’re used throughout the book. (Each term is specially highlighted in the text).
Let's look at some statistics that need to change!:
Women make up over 50% of the U.S. population, yet they are significantly underrepresented both in politics and boardrooms. Currently, women hold 106 (19.8%) of the 535 seats in U.S. Congress, 22 (22%) of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate and 84 (19.3%) of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Only 70 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country out of 312, that’s 22.4%. All these numbers are even lower for women of color, who make up only 7.1% of all members of Congress.
Did you know that only 4.6% of all of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women? Women also on average take home less pay than men in the same jobs. In Seattle, where I’m from, women make about 73% of what men earn in the same positions (nationally it’s about 79%). For women of color, the numbers are even lower.
This needs to change! And there are a lot of different ways to contribute to this change, but the earlier we start to educate people on these issues, the greater the chance we have to make a big impact. I think children’s books are a fun way to teach lessons, instill values, and bring up topics to discuss with little readers.
Sabrina is starting the fourth grade with her two best friends, Elliott and Lainey. After noticing that boys get bigger chocolate chip cookies than girls during snack time, Sabrina decides to run for a student council seat in order to fight for an equal share. She embarks on an election campaign and works with groups such as the Art Student Association and the Milk Drinkers Union to spread her message and gain support.
Sabrina gets endorsements, Elliott takes a voter poll, and Lainey hosts a fundraiser while her opponent Oliver attempts to sway voters with the promise of a class pet. Sabrina shows that girls and boys complete the same classwork, play the same games at recess and should have the same size snacks!
Follow her on the campaign trail!
Charlotte Tang, a woman-of-color illustrator will bring this diverse cast of characters to life! Charlotte worked hard on developing these characters and has done amazing, adorable initial illustrations. I cannot wait to see the rest!
Rewards for giving to this project range from a thank you and a unique postcard of a scene from the story, to the printed book itself! Super special limited rewards include 1ft diameter chocolate chip cookie pillows, and the chance to get a character drawn into the story just for you!
see special edition cookie pillows below!
Most of the funding raised will go towards paying the illustrator. The story is already written and has been edited, but it needs to be brought to life! I worked with an illustrator on the character explorations and some initial draft pages, but there is a lot more that needs to be done! There will be about 35 pages of illustrated scenes, plus a cover, glossary, binding and back. This will be over 100 hours of work and I want to compensate the artist fairly for her work bringing this awesome project to life. Also, how cool that something like this can help provide a job for a young woman illustrator!
Funding will go towards kickstarter and payment processing fees.
Funding will go to getting the books printed.
Anything raised over the amount needed for development will be donated to She Should Run, an amazing nonprofit organization dedicated to getting 250,000 women across the country running for elected office by 2030! They provide the information, the tools, community and the support to help women run for elected office.
Risks and challenges
With any undertaking there are risks and challenges!
This book has already been written and edited, but there are two important steps left to complete this project, 1) illustrations and 2) book printing.
Though I have an illustrator in mind who worked with me on initial pages, there is always a risk that the illustrations may take longer than expected or that a new illustrator may need to take on the project.
Also, there is always a risk with any printing project, but I have identified a great local print company with a history of printing great children's books. Again timeline can be a risk if they are working on other major projects.
With all of that said, I am committed to work through any obstacles to ensure your copies of the book make it into your hands so that readers everywhere can learn and be inspired by Sabrina and her friends!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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