Anna Sheffer
August 02, 2018 9:27 am

Despite losing to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election (while winning the popular vote, of course), Hillary Clinton remains one of the most admired and accomplished women in the world. And given all that she’s done—from developing policies that help our nation’s children and families, to that cameo at the 2018 Grammy Awards—it’s not surprising that so many people love her. Now, Clinton is venturing into a new world: television. And she’s partnering with renowned director Steven Spielberg to do so.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former secretary of state will serve as executive producer on a new television series based on the book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss. In her debut as a producer, she’ll work with Spielberg’s company, Amblin TV, which has already purchased the rights to the book. Amblin TV reportedly plans to adapt the work as either a limited series or a TV movie, and it will sell the finished product either to a premium cable channel (like HBO) or a streaming service.

So far, the project has yet to sign a writer, but THR reported that Clinton will be involved in the search, and she’ll also have a hand in the script and casting. Amblin TV told CNBC that there will be four executive producers, including the politician.

Clinton announced the news yesterday, August 1st, on her Twitter account.

"I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Steven Spielberg to bring @efweiss5’s book 'The Woman’s Hour' to TV," she wrote. "It’s about the women who fought for suffrage nearly 100 years ago. We stand on their shoulders, and I’m delighted to have a hand in helping to tell their stories."

Published in March, The Woman’s Hour tells the story of the fight for the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote (although many black women were unable to exercise this right until the Voting Rights Act of 1965). An April review published in The New York Times wrote that Weiss follows a variety of historical figures, including famous suffragettes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In a statement to TheWrap, Clinton called the book “both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times.”

Given all the ways the current administration has challenged women’s rights, revisiting the women’s suffrage movement feels more important than ever. And we can think of no better team to bring this story to the small screen.

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