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Mary Chung Hayashi is an award-winning author, national healthcare leader, and former California State Assemblymember. With a distinguished career in public service, Mary has spearheaded substantial reforms in mental health services, championed gender equality, and forged powerful, unprecedented partnerships for social causes that previously had no financial or public backing. Recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the American Red Cross and the California Medical Association, Mary has also been featured on Redbook’s “Mothers and Shakers” list and Ladies’ Home Journal’s “Women to Watch.” As Principal of Public Policy and Advocacy Solutions, she has successfully advised business and policy leaders on some of today’s most complex public policy matters. Mary remains a steadfast proponent of social justice expansion and the rights of underrepresented communities.

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Women In Politics

In Women in Politics, award-winning author and healthcare leader Mary Chung Hayashi offers a riveting exploration of the strides made by women in government. This essential, contemporary analysis bridges the gap between past and present, blending Mary’s personal journey as an Asian American immigrant and former California State Assemblymember with the inspiring stories of trailblazing women in political leadership. 

Featuring interviews and insightful discussions, Mary brings to life the trials and triumphs of these women, showcasing their invaluable contributions to political landscapes and the transformative power of their perseverance. Her work sheds light on the ongoing struggles for gender-political parity and serves as a call to action: we must actively participate in shaping our democracy. Women in Politics is not just a book; it’s a tribute to women’s political journey and a compass guiding us all toward a future of inclusive leadership and a truly representative democracy. Buy Women in Politics at one of the following retailers!

Praise for Women in Politics

"Mary Chung Hayashi was an early advocate for mental health reform, a California State Representative, and is a veteran political consultant. In this book, she tells it true: where we've been, where we are, and where we need to go to achieve true representation in politics."
- PEGGY ORENSTEIN, author of the New York Times bestsellers Boys & Sex, Girls & Sex, and Schoolgirls.

"An important look at how far women have come and still have to go in politics."
– Kirkus Reviews

"The book shares inspiring stories and insights of trailblazing women in politics... The importance of meaningful representation and inclusive leadership is at the heart of the book."
- The Representation Project

"Powerful and inspirational... this book breaks down the struggles of being a Women In Politics and offers advice and hope for the next generation. A must-read."
- Rebecca Joseph, Women in Politics Foundation

"Hayashi’s inspiring book is both an excellent look at an extraordinary woman and a call to action for others."
- The US Review

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“Mary Hayashi is a tireless advocate for women’s health issues and an inspiration to the Asian American community that has long struggled in silence.” Redbook Magazine

“…a sensitive, brave account of Mary Hayashi’s journey from an immigrant girl who speaks no English to a woman who knows the importance of breaking silences…this book could save lives.” Peggy Orenstein, Author of School Girls, Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap.

“Far From Home is an inspiring personal story that carries a powerful message of prevention to Asian Americans at risk for serious health problems.” Kathy Kneer, President, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

“In recounting her pioneering health advocacy work and her family’s often painful journey of migration, Mary Hayashi tells a story that is both inspiring and sobering. She gives voice to the silent and gives the lie to many myths, and her message deserves to reach a diverse readership of parents, practitioners, and policymakers.” Eric Lui, Author of THE ACCIDENTAL ASIAN and former Senior White House Domestic Policy Advisor

Mary Chung, founder of the National Asian Women's Health Organization (NAWHO), shatters the myth that Asians are the model minority group in the U.S. and reveals the hidden health crisis that endangers 11 million people in the Asian American community. In the last decade, NAWHO has worked to establish the facts to demonstrate how serious and widespread the problems are.

Mary Hayashi’s remarkable journey from her childhood in Korea to prominence as a healthcare leader is documented in her book, Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority. She has been honored by diverse organizations for her work on behalf of minority health and women, from Redbook magazine and Ladies' Home Journal to Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.

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In the vanguard of healthcare, public policy, diversity and equality, Mary Hayashi’s leadership transcends the standard definition of a public affairs consultant. A proven strategist, trusted advisor, staunch reformer, and passionate champion of underserved communities, Mary has spent over 30 years forging transformative alliances and pioneering meaningful change.