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Gender Politics: The US Politician Who Resigned Due To Revenge Porn Is Writing A Memoir

Last autumn, Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill—rising political star and a favourite of Nancy Pelosi—was ravaged by a scandal which ultimately constructed her political demise.

Democratic Representative Katie Hill's case was complicated. 

She became the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that she engaged in two sexual relationships with staffers.

The alleged affairs with her legislative director (a violation of House rules, and a charge she denies) and subordinate campaign staffer (which she admits to) came to light after images and interviews were published online without Hill's consent.

As well as this, the California-native also found herself thrust into the midst of a revenge porn scandal when her ex-husband – with whom she was in the midst of a divorce settlement at the time – leaked intimate images of Hill in the hopes of derailing her campaign. 

“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress,” she wrote in a statement in December. 

“Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy,” she wrote. “However, I know that as long as I am in Congress, we’ll live fearful of what might come next and how much it will hurt.”

Upon leaving Congress, the Democrat announced that she was set to focus on fighting "revenge porn", vowing to take on "this type of exploitation that so many women are victims to and which will keep countless women and girls from running for office or entering public light."

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Tabloids were quick to dub her relationships as sordid by way of capitalising on the story's sensationalism, with a number of conservative outlets emphasising her bisexuality.

However, some four months later, Hill has revealed that she is ready to reclaim the narrative which hindered her original bid. 

“Sex, nudes and social media took down the woman who represented a moderate future for Democrats," a recent Playboy article about Hill said of the story. 

"Now she’s ready to stand up again, freer than ever.” 

This week, Hill announced her new upcoming memoir, She Will Rise, which is scheduled to be released on 19 August 2020.

The date of her book release is also a monumental one for women in the US, as it's the centenary of the ratification of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.

According to Hill, She Will Rise is 'part memoir, part map toward gender-equality.'

The memoir will revisit the turbulent year that led to her resignation as well as providing inspiration for tho who have made mistakes in their past and how to move on 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,” Hill told the New York Times.

“You can’t let other people take away your power or your voice, even when it’s hard.”

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