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“If you don’t do politics, politics will be done to you” is a call to arms for women everywhere who are ready to take their rightful place in elected office from former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson whose riveting political memoir “Playing Ball With the Big Boys” has won praise for its honest and insight. Elected to the Illinois Senate the same year Barack Obama began his career there, Halvorson overcame obstacles to become the first female Majority Leader by taking a strong stand for reform in a state where corruption often ruled. She fought for health and education legislation during the administration of two Illinois governors who ended up serving jail terms. During this time, Halvorson survived the end of an abusive marriage and soldiered on as a single mother while climbing up the political ladder to serve in Congress by making friends, winning converts and challenging them to support her agenda. Playing Ball with the Big Boys explains how women can reshape politics and make government responsive to our needs.
Debbie is now President of a Logistics Company. She does quite a bit of traveling to motivate and inspire women of all ages and to share her story as to how women must be involved in the political process.