Magazine article Variety

'Your Experience Is Your Expertise'

Magazine article Variety

'Your Experience Is Your Expertise'

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June Diane Raphael is best known for her comedic acting work on series such as "New Girl" and "Grace and Frankie," as well as for lending her voice to animated comedies including "American Dad!" and "Big Mouth." Now she's changing the conversation around herself - and many women - with her new book, "Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World," which she co-authored with policy adviser Kate Black.

Why did you create "Represent" as a workbook?

I was searching for information for myself and wondering how one would start this process. I realized right away that that information is not readily available, and they don't teach civics anymore in most schools, and I think intentionally so: Most of us are kept away from the process for a reason. And especially for women who are holding so many roles in their lives and doing so much - taking care of small children and taking care of aging parents and taking care of themselves and their careers - the details become very important. So I really wanted to take this large idea and break it down and make it into these bite-size, accessible pieces where you could work the book and figure out how a run for office might work in your real life.

Was there one particular part of the checklist you thought would be most challenging?

When Kate and I started our conversations, she explained why she felt that, after spending so much time in politics and trying to get women to run for office and being such a trusted source in that world, [the decision to run] was a crucial step. …

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