According to Newton's third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In The Third Law, Tamra Ryan shows us that even as chronically unemployed and impoverished 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 squelched. What is required for women to change their lives? 

Sometimes believing in another person is all it takes.

The Third Law

  • Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a nonprofit social enterprise that helps chronically unemployed and impoverished women learn employment skills and create lasting change.

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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.