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Qualified: Finding Your Voice, Leading with Character, and Empowering Others (Hardcover)

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This memoir from the first Black Republican congresswoman in America shows readers how to own their stories, find their voices, and lead with character as they empower others to do the same. 

For so long, women—and Black women in particular—have been taught that they must have a stellar background, the highest degree of education, and the strongest resumé imaginable to earn their place in a society historically dominated by white men. As a result, women have found themselves plagued with anxiety and self-doubt and have felt constricted by this limiting belief of qualification by achievement and the necessity of sporting a flawless track record. These false assumptions have discouraged women from pursuing positions of power and influence for the betterment of their communities, leading to underrepresentation in our institutions and the tragedy of wasted potential. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 
Mia Love has devoted her entire life to defeating illusive boundaries and redefining the meaning of “qualified.” The daughter of immigrant parents who sacrificed everything to embrace the American Dream, Love learned that she had something unique and valuable that she could give back to her country—her voice. And now she wants to empower others to do the same. 
For years, Love faced intense scrutiny and fielded questions regarding her political party affiliation, her desire to run for office, and her commitment to championing conservative values. In Qualified, Love explains her answers to these questions by taking readers through her journey from election to her local city council, leading as mayor of Saratoga Springs, and making history in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Utah’s 4th Congressional District from 2015–2019.

Her story showcases how we can stay true to our integrity, fearlessly voice our values despite fervent opposition, and begin again after every failure and setback. 

About the Author

Mia Love became the first Black Republican woman to be elected to Congress in 2014. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Love was born in New York, studied theater in Connecticut, converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and settled in Utah, where she launched her career in politics. Love was first elected to the Saratoga Springs city council, and she was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs in 2009, becoming the first Black woman elected mayor in the state of Utah. Love served as the U.S. Representative for Utah’s 4th Congressional District from 2015–2019. Currently, she serves as the National Outreach Director for the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, is a political commentator for CNN, and enjoys serving as an independent board member for a few U.S. companies.

Praise For…

"Mia Love’s journey and her voice are one-of-a-kind. Her life story, from growing up as the child of Haitian immigrants to serving in Congress, is not only unique but also incredibly relevant as Republicans seek to build a forward-looking party capable of meeting our nation’s challenges. Qualified perfectly encapsulates Mia's commitment to character, her willingness to stand by her principles, and her unwavering desire to better the world around her. In Congress, Mia made a big impact in a small amount of time. Qualified details how and why she was so successful. I’m proud to call Mia a friend and I am confident that, just as I have been, readers will be inspired by her experiences and the values she holds dear."—Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)

"Mia Love’s life story is an awe-inspiring journey in pursuit of selfless service, faith, family, and the American Dream. She is a strong woman, dedicated mother, loyal friend, and principled leader. It is such a blessing that Mia has chosen to open up about her amazing experiences, essential lessons learned, and trailblazing path to success."—Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

“Mia Love's personal story as a first generation American and ultimately the first female Black Republican elected to Congress is a gripping and inspiring one.”—Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent

"Mia is a trailblazer and role model for women and girls across America. As someone whose life was shaped by powerful, positive women, I know her voice has an important role to play in our national discourse. I hope others will be as enriched by her story as I have been by her friendship."—Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781546003267
ISBN-10: 1546003266
Publisher: Center Street
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English