As we gear up for election season, we are fortunate to be able to interview Mary Parry about her debut children's book Sadie McGrady Runs For President, which follows Sadie McGrady on her fictional journey from regular kid to President of the United States, as she explores what it’s like to run a campaign and become a world leader. Will she win on Election Day? And if she does, will she have what it takes to be a good president?
Mary is a writer and mother of three with a passion for including more women in politics and leadership. She grew up in Missouri, went to college in Texas, and now lives in North Carolina, where she has been busy dedicating her career to advocating for women and girls. Mary served as a women’s vote director during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns in North Carolina, providing education about women’s issues and encouraging women to vote. She was the Director of Advocacy for Women AdvaNCe, working to engage more women in the political process in North Carolina.
Through her work — and her own daughter who sought a way in to civic engagement -- Mary has seen kids with passion and ambition for creating change. She has come to believe that leadership can be experienced and nurtured from a very young age, and she wrote Sadie McGrady Runs for President to help parents and daughters become empowered and to become women who lead. She hopes her writing can inspire kids to take their own goals and ideas seriously and to set their goals for leadership roles, whatever path in life they choose.
You might also consider adding our Election Thematic Unit to your curriculum this year. Your subtends will love learning about Mr. President while practicing academic skills that are strategically linked to standards.
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