Monday, May 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

On my second go-round serving in the White House, I was a senior staff person.  I ran a department.  When I weighed in, my words weren't just heard but had consequences.  Having a position of power should make you feel more comfortable expressing your view, and yet I found it was harder for me, and I think it was harder for some other women, too.  That's when you have to get over your inhibitions and rise to the challenge to do the job you were hired to do.  You can't think of it as reaching the next rung on the ladder of female empowerment -- it's simply a matter of doing your job.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 69-70

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Quote of the Day

If you act like you belong in the room, people will believe you do.  If you act like your opinion matters, others will, too.  Simple, true, empowering, and life-changing advice.  It is applicable for all women in every endeavor we undertake.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 69

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quote of the Day

People take their cue from you.

-- Evelyn Lieberman

Friday, May 18, 2018

Quote of the Day

In my first meeting with him, President Obama welcomed me, made me feel comfortable, and asked me what I thought.  As my time there went on, I came to appreciate that he didn't ask people what they thought because he wanted to be nice, although he is, or because he wanted the women to feel included, although he did.  He asked people what they thought because he wanted to know what they thought.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 66

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

In the Clinton White House, I felt privileged to be allowed "in the room."  I had many generous mentors there, men and women both, who taught me I belonged there and my voice mattered.  I learned to speak up.  It was in the Obama White House where I appreciated that it wasn't just my privilege but my responsibility to speak in whatever room I was in.  You aren't doing your job if you don't.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 62

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Quote of the Day

None of us here today created this world where biases about women, particularly women in power, persist.  We inherited it.  Most of us -- women and men alike -- are trying to sort it all out.  But there remains something that makes a lot of people uneasy about women trying to move forward ... I hope you draw less fire, but whatever happens, don't let anyone stop you from continuing to move forward.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 58

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Quote of the Day

A number of women I know and respect think it is a mistake to go back over everything that happened with Hillary in the 2016 campaign.  Their view is that it is self-defeating for women to be seen as complaining about how Hillary was treated.  I might share their view if I hadn't lived that campaign.  We need to understand what happened.  We need to make the path easier for all women working to succeed in whatever role they choose.  The unease we felt toward Hillary could hold any woman back anywhere.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 57