Katie Hill to publish memoir ‘She Will Rise’
Former Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) is writing a memoir, titled “She Will Rise,” that will recount the struggles and ultimately the scandal that pushed the freshman representative to resign from Congress late last year.
Hill resigned after being in office less than 10 months after nude photos of her were released online without her consent and allegations that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of her staffers led the House to open an ethics probe.
Before she resigned, Hill gave an impassioned speech on the House floor which quickly went viral.
“I’m leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse, this time with the entire country watching,” Hill said at the time.
Continuing, she added, “I will never shirk my responsibility for the sudden ending of my time here, but I have to say more because this is bigger than me. I am leaving now because of a double standard. I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip.”
Hill’s book, scheduled to hit shelves Aug. 18, is being published by Neon Literary, a new publishing company that was just started in December, according to The New York Times.
Hill told the Times that she wants her book to serve as an example to women that they can own their mistakes and still come back from them.
“It would be much easier for me to just disappear, but I’m not, and this is an act of defiance, staying in the forefront,” she said. “You can’t let other people take away your power or your voice, even when it’s hard.”