The Third Law explores what is required for chronically unemployed and impoverished women to create new lives for themselves. It focuses on the

societal obstacles that must be overcome and the internal demons that must be squelched. Most of all, the book argues for a more compassionate view of recovering addicts, convicted felons, and victims of domestic abuse.


Sometimes, believing in another person’s potential is all it takes to create

lasting change.


Winner, 2017 NYC Big Book Award, Women's Issues

Winner, 2017 Independent Press Award, Women's Issues

Winner, 2016 Book Excellence Awards, Social Change

Finalist, 2015 USA Best Book Awards for Social Change

Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards for Women/Minorities in Business.
Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Living Now Book Awards for Social Activism/Charity.
Finalist, 2015 USA Best Book Awards.

"I read your book at record pace, it was that good!!

I was so  moved by your honesty and vulnerability."


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© 2018 by Tamra Ryan

Gilpin House Press

Tamra Ryan and Women’s Bean Project are front and center in the fight against poverty and chronic unemployment. These are topics we should all be discussing and social problems we should be trying to solve.

John Hickenlooper, Governor for the State of Colorado


In my thirty years of crime reporting, I've seen just what Tamra Ryan discusses in this book: there are gray shades all around us, nothing is black and white, and therefore, it is difficult to judge.  If you've ever wondered why people don't move out of poverty, this is a must read.

Frank Main, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, The Chicago Sun-Times


Remarkably candid and heartfelt. Tamra comes from a place of understanding when she describes the women and her own experiences at Women’s Bean Project, one of the country’s leading social enterprises.

Kevin Lynch, CEO, Social Enterprise Alliance and co-author, Mission, Inc.