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Raising Our Hands

By Jenna Arnold

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Jenna Arnold, director of strategic engagement for the historic 2017 Women’s March, helps American white women (one of the most powerful demographics in the world—but too often passive) understand how their influence, power, and voice can better serve those most in need, and how you can take an active role in creating a better future.

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“Jenna has uplifted marginalized voices embodying a crucial sentiment of Malcolm X’s: It is white people’s responsibility to bring other well-intended white people to the social justice work of our time. Raising Our Hands is the urgent answer to our request.” 

—Angela Rye, political analyst and commentator

“The world doesn’t have time to wait for you to decide that you’re brave enough to do the work laid out in Raising Our Hands—you can’t read this fast enough.”

—Reshma Saujani, bestselling author of Brave Not Perfect and founder of Girls Who Code

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White women are one of the most influential demographics in America—we are the largest voting bloc, with purchasing power that exceeds anybody else’s, and when we unify to demand change, we are a force to be reckoned with. 

Yet, so many of us sit idly on the sidelines, opting out of raising our hands to do, learn, and engage in ways that could make a difference. Why?

White American women are no monolith. Yet, as Women’s March national organizer Jenna Arnold has learned over the past few years criss-crossing the US in conversations with white women about their identity and role in the country, we do possess common characteristics—ones that get in the way of us becoming more engaged as citizens. We’re so focused on checking off our to-do lists, or so afraid of getting it wrong, or so busy trying to avoid conflict, that we are actively avoiding the urgent conversations we need to have.

We are confused about how we got here and unsure how to do better. 

Raising Our Hands is the reckoning cry for white women. It asks us to step up and join the new frontlines of the fight against complacency—in our homes, in our behaviors, and in our own minds.

Consider Raising Our Hands your starting place, your “Intro to Being a White Woman in Today’s World” freshman-year class. In these pages, Jenna peels back the history that’s been kept out of textbooks and the cultural norms that are holding us back, so we can finally start really listening to marginalized voices and doing our part to promote progress.

The American white woman is a powerful force—an essential participant—to mobilize alongside the rest of humanity on behalf of the world, and we can no longer make excuses for why we don’t have time or don’t know enough. Raising Our Hands provides the tools we need to be the full, productive participant the world has been waiting for.

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About the Author

Jenna  Arnold

Jenna Arnold is listed as one of Oprah’s “100 Super Soul Influencers” because she doesn’t have much patience for the status quo. She has been called a “disruptor” in every industry in which she has dabbled from elementary school classrooms to halls of the United Nations, MTV and the White House. For her recent work as one of the organizers of the Women’s March, Jenna was recognized with a Glamour Women of the Year award. The New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostForbes, and Fast Company, just to name a few, have recognized Jenna’s work as “shaking up long standing assumptions” and being one of “the biggest ideas in social change” for the work of ORGANIZE, a non-profit she co-founded focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in America, for which she was also named one of Inc magazine’s “35 Under 35” list.

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Publication Details

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 1.5 lbs.

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