A deeply personal memoir by one of the country’s
brightest new political stars: Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy
On June 26, 2013, Texas state senator Wendy Davis
became an overnight political sensation and a hero to women’s rights supporters
across the country. Davis stood and spoke on the floor of the state legislature
for nearly eleven hours to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that aimed to
close all but five abortion clinics in Texas. During that time, she wasn’t
allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic, or lean against
any furniture. When it was over, President Obama tweeted support to his forty
million Twitter followers, and Wendy Davis was suddenly a household name.
But Davis’ personal story is as compelling, if not
more so, than her public theatrics. Raised by a single mother with a
ninth-grade education, Davis began working after school at age fourteen to help
support her mom and three siblings. By nineteen, she had been married and filed
for divorce while living with her baby daughter in a trailer park, a single
mother trying to hold down two jobs. After putting herself through Texas
Christian University and making it to Harvard Law School, then serving for nine
years on the Fort Worth city council, Davis set her sights on the Texas state
senate—and in 2008 defeated a longtime GOP incumbent in a race widely
considered one of the biggest recent upsets in Texas politics.
Now, Davis is making a serious run to become the
first Democratic governor of Texas in nearly two decades. With her singular
narrative and tremendously exciting political future, this is bound to be the
political memoir of the year. Download and start listening now!