Pantsuit Nation started as a private Facebook group for Libby Chamberlain to get in touch with other pro-Hillary Clinton friends. It morphed into a national phenomenon with almost 4 million members, and is now going to be a book based on posts to the site.

“There are many ways to share stories, and we’ve seen how powerful they can be when simply scrolled through on a Facebook feed. But I also know that many of us, dare I say most of us, have had moments of profound inspiration and connection while holding a book in our hands,” Chamberlain said in a Facebook post to the group Monday. She did not immediately respond to emails or phone calls requesting additional comment.

“As many of our members have commented, the stories of Pantsuit Nation are worthy of a book,” Chamberlain wrote in the posting. “The kind of book that will inspire and connect people. I’m so proud to be starting the process of bringing that beautiful idea to life.”

Chamberlain has asked people to email stories for inclusion in the book, pledging that no stories or images will be used without explicit permission from the author.

The book will be published by Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers. A representative from Flatiron did not respond to a request for comment.

“This is so much more than a book about one candidate or even one election,” Flatiron Books executive editor Whitney Frick told The New York Times.

In her Facebook post, Chamberlain also said she intends to register Pantsuit Nation as 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups.

“These organizations will support the advocacy, education and political action efforts we have already seen grow out of Pantsuit Nation, and will continue to be a part of our work in the future,” she said.

Chamberlain started Pantsuit Nation in late October and encouraged friends to wear pantsuits to the polls Nov. 8 as a homage to Clinton. The group quickly grew into a space for supporters to share their thoughts and personal stories and has at least 3.7 million members.

Clinton herself referred to the group in her Nov. 9 concession speech, thanking followers, including those on “secret private Facebook sites.”

 


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