On Election Day, I had the honor of interviewing Randi Zuckerberg about her children’s book, Missy President. The interview was awesome. Randi has dedicated herself to making developments in the technology field for women and young girls. Her book reflects her research and passion behind the industries she knows so well. And again, it gives a structure to young girls. It paves a way for them to believe they can be anything they want – even President. Because girls need role models, because they need to see that breaking the rules of a male-dominated society is possible- we need this book, and many more like it.
Randi is one of the only authors I have seen who is creating content meant to inspire young women to grow in the way they want to grow – whether in education, technology, politics, or as a homemaker.
There was an air of excitement in the room as Randi and I prepared for the interview. The interview itself was spirited and hopeful. We noted the timeliness of Randi’s book, and how invigorating it feels to talk about the real, not fictional, possibility of a woman in the White House.
It was funny at the time, because the idea of a woman being in the White House felt like a soon-to-be reality. There was still a chance. Missy President was going to sit alongside history. In a way her book was going to reflect history… not have to project it.
Being a Texan born-and-raised CEO of a start-up located in New York City, my Facebook news feed during this entire election was to say… divided. I have listened to both speeches, I have cried, I have found myself saddened by the state of our country.
My full-time staff is majority female – this happened because of their skill set and not because of their gender. We were all moved by Trump going into office – scared by what it means for females, people of colors, immigrants, national security, and our economy. We all really wanted to see a woman in the White House. However we hope Trump keeps all of the American in mind. I hope he surrounds himself with competent people who value others who are different from himself.
What I can say is this: we are a book site. We serve authors and readers in the United States, and around the world. We will continue to do so. Now more than ever, we need to remember to spread education, imagination, ideas, tolerance, and acceptance.
It is indeed, a time to come together. It is a time to educate yourself, to expand your capabilities as a person, and to help others get over the line.
We didn’t get a woman in the White House, but we do have books like Missy President… that will inspire you and keep some hope in your heart. One day, it will be real.
In short: Read a book. Buy books for loved ones. Write a book. Share the love.
Here’s the full interview between Randi and Sarah: