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Elizabeth Warren is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, advocate, U.S. Senator, and inspiring political heroine. Her new memoir, “A Fighting Chance,” tells the story of a journey that has taken two decades. It’s a story of how Washington really works, and how it doesn’t work for working class families.
Elizabeth grew up in a hard working middleclass family in a small town in Oklahoma, and wanted to go to college to become an elementary school teacher. She married and became a mother early. Fifteen years later, she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. She was asked to come to Washington D.C. to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws.
This was her introduction to the often dysfunctional ways of Washington. Elizabeth Warren fought for ten years for better bankruptcy laws, and then became a target of the big banks as she tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis. She led the charge for Wallstreet reform, and is widely credited for the political courage and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, giving us a fighting chance against big banks.
Elizabeth Warren is a rabble-rouser, and in her passionate and sometimes funny autobiography, she tells why she chose to fight tooth and nail for the Middle Class, and why she has become a heroine to all of us who believe in an America where our government can and must do better for working families.
Elizabeth Warren was a law professor for more than 30 years, including nearly 20 years as the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvaard Law School. She has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and more than a hundred articles. The National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade. She has been honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award.
Elizabeth got married at 19, and after graduating from college, started teaching in elementary school. Her daughter Amelia was born when Elizabeth was 22. When Amelia was two, Elizabeth started law school. Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born. At 62, she made the decision to run for elective office. She won the most competitive, and most watched, Senate race in America. Elizabeth has three grandchildren, and lives in Cambridge with her husband of 32 years and her golden retriever.