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I spent 17 years as an investigative and public interest journalist in Rochester, New York. In May, I left my job to run for New York State Assembly. Reporting on politics for so many years didn’t prepare me for what would happen on the campaign trail: gender-based attacks, smear websites and relentless criticism because I dared to take on the establishment.
Broad, Casted is the story of a how an accomplished Ivy League graduate was reduced to a “prom queen.”
The country is witnessing a presidential campaign filled with sexism. This is why women don’t run for office. I hope this book is taken in the spirit in which it’s intended: to start an important conversation.
"There’s a way we think of women who are public figures and women who are political and make their voices known in the public sphere. Men are zealous advocates. They’re determined. They’re ambitious. Women, they’re about drama. They want attention. But it’s the same behavior. It’s just that we like to see it in men and we don’t like to see it in women," said Hilary Shroyer, an attorney and feminist.
In addition, the race exposed divides in the community and the local Democratic Party. I was outspent at least three to one. Broad, Casted tackles campaign finance and calls for an end to the “dirty politics” we so often see in local and national races.
After the primary, I did what I've always done: tell the story.
About this Project
The budget for this project is $2,000 in soft costs, including copy and developmental editing, graphic design and layout and website services. The rest of the budget is the cost of printing a modest initial run, including associated fees and shipping. We will use a Rochester, N.Y printer.
Your support will get this story told, inform other individuals running for office and pose some tough questions for local leaders and people who want a stronger Democratic Party in Rochester.
Risks and challenges
I've written a first draft of the book. It's being copy edited. Challenges include making sure this is the absolute best story possible given time constraints and resources. We hope to follow our timeline and get this in your hands next month!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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