FANWOOD, NJ -- Jennifer Lambert, a young author from Fanwood, has penned her first book, Voter Z.
In Voter Z, the 20-year-old Lambert, a junior at Villanova University, takes a deep-dive into different facets of Gen Z’s identity, including race, gender, sexuality, social media presence, political socialization, and partisan loyalties.
Several chapters also focus on key politicians, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Madison Cawthorn, and young activists, including Malala Yousafzai and the students from Parkland, Florida who organized the March For Our Lives. Voter Z includes stories from over a dozen members of Gen Z’s activist class, the teenagers and college students most likely to run for office one day.
This next generation of great American leaders reveal how they formed their political belief systems, what values determine their political affiliations, and what the future of American politics will look like. “Voter Z” combines these powerful stories with political science scholarship to produce a shared generational outlook that forecasts the major issues that will permeate American political discourse for several decades to come.
Lambert recently launched the pre-sale for Voter Z. Ordering information can be found here.
“Writing a book has always been on my bucket list,” Lambert said. “I just did not think it would happen when I was 20-years-old.”
Lambert had always envisioned herself becoming a nurse practitioner. She enrolled in a program at the Union County Vocational School, where she took classes in partnership with Rutgers University to earn her medical certification.
But during her senior year at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, she found a new passion that was fueled by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February 2018. Student survivors rallied together and took a stand for stricter legislation to prevent gun violence, and organized the March For Our Lives, the largest single day of protest against gun violence in U.S. history.
Lambert was moved by how youth activists were shaping the political discourse in the United States. Her interest in news and politics, and a love for writing, now became her focus.
“I was inspired by seeing so many people around me and my age who were interested in politics,” says Lambert, a political science major, with minors in communication and public administration. “There’s been a lot been going on since the 2016 election, much of which has been led by Generation Z.”
Lambert is unsure of what the future holds. She’s considering law school, but leaving her options open. Regardless, her future is very bright.
“This book has already opened so many doors for me and helped me expand my professional network,'' said Lambert. " I am hoping that this book helps me stand out in the graduate school admissions process and eventually, I hope to secure a job where I can combine my passions for politics and writing.”
Young author Jennifer Lambert of Fanwood talk about her first book, "Voter Z."
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