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Nikki Haley Previews New Book That Celebrates Lives of ‘Trailblazing Women’

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Former South Carolina governor and United Nations Amb. Nikki Haley announced on Wednesday that she has a new book debuting in the fall that celebrates the lives of “trailblazing women.”

The book, “If You Want Something Done: Leadership Lessons From Bold Women,” recognizes and fetes some women from around the world from which she has drawn great inspiration. St. Martin’s Press will publish the book October 4, just ahead of the midterm elections.

The title of the tome draws on the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s quote, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

“In the spirit of Thatcher’s quote, Haley offers inspiring examples of a range of women who worked against obstacles and opposition to get things done–including Haley herself,” notes a press release from the publisher.

“As a brown girl growing up in Bamberg, South Carolina, no one would have predicted she would become the first minority female governor in America, the first female and the first minority governor of South Carolina, or the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,” the press release noted further.

“That journey wasn’t an easy one,” the press release added. “She faced many people who thought she didn’t belong – and told her so. She was too brown. Too female. Too young. Too conservative. Too principled. Too idealistic. As far as Nikki was concerned, those were not reasons to hold her back. Those were all reasons to forge ahead.”

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The Daily Wire adds:

The book will celebrate “women who dared to be bold,” including Thatcher, Israel’s former Prime Minister Golda Meir, first female United States Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick, human rights activist Cindy Warmbier, education advocate Virginia Walden Ford, and more.

The announcement of 50-year-old Haley’s book comes amid ongoing speculation that Haley is planning a 2024 presidential run.

Though she initially said in April 2021 that she would not run for president if former President Donald Trump was seeking re-election, she has since said that she would have conversations with him before running in 2024.

“In the beginning of 2023, should I decide that there’s a place for me, should I decide that there’s a reason to move, I would pick up the phone and meet with the president,” she remarked in October during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. “I would talk to him and see what his plans are. I would tell him about my plans. We would work on it together.”

She added that while she believed there was some fraud during the 2020 election, Haley did not “think that the numbers were so big that it swayed the vote in the wrong direction.”

“He has a strong legacy from his administration,” she said of Trump. “He has the ability to get strong people elected, and he has the ability to move the ball, and I hope that he continues to do that. We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go back to the days before Trump.”

Meanwhile, Fox News reports that this year’s midterm elections appear to be shaping up to feature a lot of Republican women:

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Thirty-two Republican women won election to Congress in 2020, surpassing the record of 30 Republican women set in 2006. Maggie’s List, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of conservative women elected to federal public office, has endorsed more than 50 female GOP candidates so far.

Tina Ramirez, Virginia chair of Maggie’s List and a candidate for state Senate told Fox News Digital, “Eleven of the 15 seats that Republicans flipped from blue to red in 2020 were taken by women.”

“At Maggie’s List, we have endorsed over 50 terrific GOP women candidates for the Midterms with more still to come,” she said. “The women are all amazing leaders and I am thrilled to work to get them all elected.”

“We’re going to have another record-setting year for Hispanic women joining the Republican Party because the radical left is out of touch with what concerns women most – the fact that a dollar can’t go as far as it used to two years ago,” Alexis Martinez Johnson, a Republican candidate for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, told the network.

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