"With a journalist's eye for the telling detail, and valuable experience covering Congress for The New York Times, Steinhauer is often a few steps ahead of the newcomers. She conveys throughout admiration, sympathy and compassion for her subjects while they learn the hard way that hidebound traditions, a rigid seniority system and encrusted modes of governance do not yield readily to even the strongest convictions. The Firsts
is an intimately told story, with detailed and thought-provoking portraits spliced in along the way. Steinhauer makes herself a character in her account, sharing with readers some witty and at times acerbic observations that keep the narrative moving along."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Steinhauer provides an in-depth look at the women who historically changed the face and composition of Congress. Readers interested in women in politics and government will enjoy the book and appreciate the author's thorough research."
"Anyone interested in government, especially women in government, will find this book informative and empowering."
"A fine lesson in civics and political journalism and must reading for anyone contemplating working in electoral politics."
"If suffragists, who got American women the right to vote 100 years ago, could watch our celebrations this year I am sure they would want people to read The Firsts
. Why? Women are still less than 25% of Congress. Read The Firsts
, run, and join them. Imagine half the Congress being female. Finish the dream."
--Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, Colorado
stands out as one of the most important and best reported books written during the extraordinary political chapter in which we are living. One part 'you go, girl, ' one part 'I feel your pain, sister, ' and one part 'we are here to stay, ' it's the most sweeping storytelling I've read about the 2018 class of women who arrived in Congress and have already left their mark." --Nicolle Wallace, author and anchor, "Deadline White House" on MSNBC