THE BOOK

Tamra Ryan is CEO of Women's Bean Project, a nonprofit social enterprise designed to teach women the job readiness and life skills necessary to get and keep employment for the first time in their lives and to move toward self-sufficiency. The women accepted by Women’s Bean Project are, by definition, in the midst of transformative change. But as Ryan reveals, that change is never easy. There are countless social, cultural and environmental factors that conspire to hold these women back.  

THE THIRD LAW

ISBN-978-0-9899 190-1-2

In The Third Law, you’ll meet Megan who was eleven years old when her older sister sold her to a man for crack. You’ll be introduced to Janine who struggles to keep her four children fed when her food stamp assistance is cut because her $8/hour job pays too much. You’ll walk through a day in community corrections with Samantha, who is free, but not free because of the many arduous restrictions placed upon her. As author Tamra Ryan points out: these and many other women like them are not the sum of their addictions, crimes or poor judgment. Instead, most are victims—of poverty, abuse and neglect—who have been further victimized by drug sentencing laws, cultural prejudices and the human services system designed to protect them. 

 

It doesn't have to be that way.

 

According to Newton’s third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Third Law shows us that even as women work to change their lives there are forces pushing back on that change, societal obstacles that must be overcome and internal demons that must be squelched. It explores what is required for chronically unemployed and impoverished women to create new lives for themselves. 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 for lasting change. 

 

Gold Medal - Women/Minorities in Business: Axiom Book Award 2015

Gold Medal - Social Activism/Charity: Living Now Award 2015

Finalist - Social Change: USA Best Book Awards 2015

Winner - Social Change: Book Excellence Awards 2016

Winner - Women's Issues: Independent Press Award, 2017

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

 

 

 

 

This morning, I finished reading your book.  It is superb!  It's engaging, well organized, and well written.  I thought I knew a lot about the Bean Project, but I learned so much more from your book. You really make the people and the challenges come alive.  Your work is incredibly valuable and important.  Congratulations on writing an outstanding book and thank you for all that you do. – David

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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.