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  • On Sale:

    Apr 6, 2021
  • ISBN:

    9780063017443
  • Pages:

    304
  • Size:

    6" x 9"
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Huddle

How Women Unlock Their Collective Power

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About the Book

CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin explores the phenomenon of what she calls the “huddle,” when women get together—in politics, Hollywood, activism, the arts, sports, and everyday friendships—to provide each other support, empowerment, inspiration, and the strength to solve problems or enact meaningful change. Whether they are facing adversity (like workplace inequity or a global pandemic) or organizing to make the world a better place, women are a highly potent resource for one another.

Through a mix of journalism and personal narrative, Baldwin takes readers beyond the big headline-making huddles from the last few years (such as the Women’s March, #MeToo, Times Up, and the pink wave in the 2018 midterm elections) and embeds herself in groups of women of all ages, races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds who are banding together in America. HUDDLE explores several stories including:

  • The benefits of all-girls learning environments, such as Karlie Kloss’s Kode with Klossy and Reese Witherspoon’s Filmmaker Lab for Girls in which young women are given the freedom to make mistakes, and find their confidence.
  • The tactics employed by huddles of women who work in male-dominated industries including a group of US veterans/Democratic Congresswomen, a huddle of African-American judges in Harris County, Texas, and an all-female writers room in Hollywood.
  • The wisdom of huddling from trusted pioneers such as Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, and Madeleine Albright as well as contemporary trailblazers like Stacey Abrams and Ava DuVernay.
  • How professionals such as Chef Dominique Crenn and sports agent Lindsay Colas use their success to amplify other women in their fields.
  • The ways huddles of women are dedicated to making seismic change, including a look at Indigenous women saving the planet, the women who founded Black Lives Matter, the mothers fighting for sensible gun laws, America’s favorite female athletes (Megan Rapinoe, Hilary Knight, and Sue Bird to name a few) agitating for equal pay, and female teachers rallying to improve their working conditions.
  • The bond between women who practice self-care and trauma healing together, including the women who courageously survived sexual abuse, and the women who heal together in The Class and GirlTrek.
  • The ways women are becoming more intentional about the life-saving power of friendship, including the bonds between military wives, new moms, and nurses getting through the time of Covid.

Throughout her examination of this fascinating huddle phenomenon, Baldwin learns about the periods of huddle ‘droughts” in America, as well as the ways that Black women have been huddling for centuries. She also uncovers how huddling can be the “secret sauce” that makes many things possible for women: success in the workplace, effective grassroots change, confidence in girlhood, and a better physical and mental health profile in adulthood. Along the way, Baldwin takes readers through her own personal journey of growing up in the South and climbing the ladder of a male-dominated industry. Like so many women in her field, she encountered many sharp elbows on her career path, but became an early believer in adding more seats to the table and huddling with other women for strength and solidarity. In the process of writing HUDDLE, Baldwin learns that this seemingly new phenomenon is actually something women have been doing for generations—a quiet, collective power she learns to unlock in her transformation from journalist to champion for women.

About the Author

Brooke Baldwin

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Brooke Baldwin is a Peabody Award finalist who anchors the 2–4pm edition of CNN Newsroom. She is also the creator and host of CNN’s Digital series American Woman which focuses on the stories of trailblazing women who have broken barriers in their respective fields and are now helping other women do the same. Baldwin came to CNN in 2008.

In addition to holding down two hours in the studio, Baldwin is often sent into the field to the biggest breaking stories in the US and around the world. She played a key role in covering the historic 2016 Presidential election. She’s also reported from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In April 2016, Baldwin traveled to the Persian Gulf for an exclusive embed opportunity with the US Navy, reporting on the War on Terror. She traveled to Kenya ahead of President Obama’s historic visit and landed an exclusive interview with his half-sister and grandmother in the Obama family ancestral village.

In September 2015, she hosted an historic town hall in Washington, DC with 40 people who have all been touched by gun violence, including Sandy Hook, Aurora and WDBJ-TV. That interview landed Baldwin and her team a Peabody Award finalist nomination. Baldwin was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the NYC chokehold death protests in 2014. In 2013, she reported live from the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards and then the same month traveled to Washington to cover President Obama’s second Inauguration. In the spring, for three weeks, Baldwin anchored extensive special coverage on the Boston marathon bombings. Over the next few months, she returned to Boston to interview survivors and anchored a special live show from Fenway Park during the World Series. Baldwin has also anchored from the field amid tornado debris in Moore, Oklahoma and from Cleveland, covering the release of three women held in captivity for a decade. Baldwin also joined CNN’s Jake Tapper for special coverage of the historic government shutdown from Capitol Hill.

In 2012, she reported live from Newtown, Connecticut in the days following the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. She was tapped to co-anchor the network’s global coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Piers Morgan in London. In addition, she covered the 2012 Presidential election, anchoring her show from the Republican National Convention and participating in the network’s primetime coverage of the GOP primaries. Baldwin also anchored breaking news coverage of the Arab Spring, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Benghazi attack, the death of Osama bin Laden, and the crisis in Syria. She also helped lead CNN’s special coverage of the final space shuttle launch Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center in 2011. She was part of the network’s Peabody-award winning team, covering of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the collapse of the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in West Virginia; and the battle over the fate of the nation’s big three automakers. Baldwin worked with the network’s Special Investigations Unit to complete her first hour-long documentary “To Catch a Killer” which won a Silver World Medal for Best Investigative Report at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2012. She a part of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper from cities like Nashville & New Orleans. Due to the success of Baldwin’s #MusicMonday series of original artist interviews, Baldwin hosted a half-hour special on music on CNN. She contributed to the network’s Peabody award-winning coverage of the 2008 presidential election. In 2009, she exclusively reported on the new discoveries of the forgotten Mayan City of Mirador for CNN International’s “World’s Untold Stories.”

Baldwin joined CNN after serving as a lead reporter for the 10 p.m. newscast for WTTG in Washington, D.C., where she covered the shooting massacres at both Virginia Tech and the West Nickel Mines School, a one-room Amish schoolhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. At WOWK in Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia, she was the morning anchor and reported on the Sago Mine collapse and Martha Stewart’s release from federal prison. She began her news broadcasting career at WVIR in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Baldwin earned a double bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she also studied at the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City.