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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are releasing a new book to celebrate the women who’ve inspired them

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The Book of Gutsy Women shares the mother and daughter’s favourite stories of courage, resilience and trailblazing power.

Women having been crowning Hillary Clinton their girl-power hero for years. Now she’s spotlighting her own female heroes in a new book, co-written with her daughter Chelsea.

Prepare to be inspired and amazed by the trailblazing greats celebrated in The Book of Gutsy Women when it hits the shelves in October. Featuring over 100 inspirational characters, the book highlights the likes of writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, historian Mary Beard, environmental activist Greta Thunberg, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor.

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The Book of Gutsy Women is filled with essays that are reflections of our feelings about these women; what we think about them,” explained Hillary in a video posted to Twitter. “But we also want to spark a conversation.”

“We always need this book because we think it’s always a good time to be celebrating, learning from and being inspired by gutsy women,” said Chelsea. “It’s a continuation of a conversation we’ve been having my whole life, about the women who motivate us and challenge us.”

If their previous work is anything to go by, we’re in good hands. The Book of Gusty Women isn’t the first time the pair have wowed us with their words. In 2017, Chelsea’s children’s book She Persisted introduced feminism to a whole new cohort of budding activists, while Hillary’s What Happened proved an international success.

For many of us, working with family is a definite no-go. Unimaginable, even. But not for the Clintons. Both Hillary and Chelsea agree that the process went off without a hitch… almost.

“I knew that my mom still wrote longhand, but I didn’t quite release what that would mean to collaborate,” explained Chelsea. “She would say she had finished something, and then she would take pictures of it on her phone!”

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Well whatever the means, we can’t wait to read it. As Hillary explains in an emotional statement released by publishers Simon & Schuster, she hopes the book will be a source of inspiration and aspiration for generations to come.

“Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home. So, I looked to my mother, my teachers, and the pages of Life Magazine for inspiration. After learning that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook with newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated jobs, I started a scrapbook of my own. Long after I stopped clipping articles, I continued to seek out stories of women who seemed to be redefining what was possible.”

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