Book Of The Week

Book of the Week – Singlehandedly: Learning to Unhide and Embrace Connection

It’s time to show the world who you really are. Everyone is unique in their own way, yet sadly, many people hide their special characteristics from the public. Ruth Rathblott, a speaker and author centering on inclusion and diversity, wrote “Singlehandedly: Learning to Unhide and Embrace Connection” to help you reveal your true self.

What’s Singlehandedly about?

What are you hiding? 

Chances are there is something about you that makes you different, that makes you feel you don’t belong. Many of us hide our ethnicity, sexuality, mental health, disability, religion… the list goes on. The diversity and inclusion movement has emboldened some to come out of the shadows. But too often, disability is not included in that conversation.

Ruth Rathblott was born with a limb difference. In her compelling and intimate memoir, she recounts the exhausting and often lonely years she spent overachieving and trying to hide her disability before she learned to unhide. Rathblott takes us on a journey of self-discovery: discovering her difference, being taught to hide it and ultimately finding self-acceptance and connection with others.

Topics covered:

Singlehandedly will show you how to build a world of true acceptance, inclusion and belonging. By the end, you will understand the need to:

  • Own your difference—it’s your greatest gift!
  • Find connection and community by allowing others in to support you
  • Create inclusive conversations that allow for curiosity and empathy
  • Recognize why representation is essential to creating an inclusive environment
  • Realize the power of sharing your story

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

Singlehandedly is a book for all of us who have been hiding our differences and want to find freedom, for leaders who want to build more inclusive teams, and for diversity and inclusion directors committed to expanding the diversity conversation to include everyone.

Single most important takeaway:

“We can’t unhide alone. The key to unhiding is connection and the key to connection is unhiding.”

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Meet the author

Ruth Rathblott is an expert on inclusion and diversity. She is a TEDx and inspirational speaker, and an award-winning nonprofit leader. She was born with a limb difference and speaks to companies on issues of equity and belonging, the gifts of being unique and the freedom of accepting your differences. Rathblott was profiled as a CEO in The New York Times’ Corner Office. She also received Goucher College’s Excellence in Public Service Award, among other awards, for her outstanding leadership in the nonprofit sector. Rathblott spent her entire career focusing on providing opportunities for the underrepresented. She also serves as a board member of The Lucky Fin Project. Rathblott resides in New York City.

Connect with Ruth Rathblott at

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