#RoarLikeAGirl with: Kirsten

When we work together, we all share the rewards. Members of the Suffrage Movement worked together to secure voting rights for women, and every woman living in the United States today can take pride in that accomplishment. Jut ask Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator (D-NY).

A New York native, Kirsten’s earliest influences were the independent-minded women of her family. No strangers to politics, they gave young Kirsten an up-close view of the landscape of governance, from the foothills of lobbying to the summit of state legislative action.

Kirsten absorbed the free-thinking and hardworking ethics of her family, graduating magna cum laude and earning a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She worked as a corporate attorney until the words of current Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton inspired Kirsten to venture into politics.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 2006, Kirsten currently serves her state as a senator, the youngest elected member thus far.

Inspiration and hard work can take us to undreamed-of heights; just ask Willa Havisham, from our new middle grade book, “Roar Like A Girl.”


In a stunning turn of events, Willa Havisham has to leave the comfort of her beloved Cape Cod and move to Troy, New York. She’s fourteen years old and everything seems new; her questions, her ‘community rent,’ even a new boy—but through it all, she’s Always Willa.

The much-loved adolescent introduced in Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s “The Wedding Planner’s Daughter” series returns in this girl-empowering novel that takes readers on a journey from the comfort of Cape Cod to the newness of New York.

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