|Susan Blond, Paul Gunther, Steve Byckiewicz, and Henrika Taylor|
|She looks like a businesswoman, dressed in a smart navy suit with a simple round necked jacket. Brown hair with some streaks, very simple, smart cut. Because I first saw her when she was Clinton’s Press Secretary, she still looks pretty much the same, maybe somewhat more sophisticated or metropolitan in her style.
She’ll be forty-seven on September 1st. I mention her age because her book is really about authority and women’s relationship to it, and she seems like she’s earned it.
To hear her tell it, things really have changed since the Women’s Movement that took hold in the first decade of Myers’ life. She pointed out that the fourteen women senators, from both sides of the aisle and opposing opinions, all get together for lunches or dinners and discuss the issues and the problems at hand. This is something, she pointed out, that the men senators do not do. After that, you kinda wished they would.
Dee Dee Myers believes that women solve problems differently. She even implied they might be more level headed. She said that they handle things differently, and that their contribution to motherhood forms the society that we live in.
|DPC and Patricia Duff.||Cindy Farkas, Paul Beirne, and Patricia Duff.|
|I asked her about women in the executive suite and how they are often highly competitive with their sisters, and often not very kind to their underlings (The Devil Wears Prada). What’s so great about that kind of leader? She answered that she believes a lot is changing as more and more women take their places in the positions of power in both business and politics. Maybe. Pride, ego and humility does not a smoothie make, however, no matter the gender.
She told us her book came about because she had a contract and hadn’t got very far with her original idea when she heard the title in her head. Why Women Should Rule The World. That was, she said, the entire pitch to her editor who immediately okayed it.
This is what you could call an optimistic book. Dee Dee Myers has an optimistic message. It is a message of an intelligent woman. While she was speaking, I was thinking about some of the things that trouble me in our day-to-day world, the matters in the news and matters that should be. I was thinking how Dee Dee Myers ‘intelligent optimism is always what’s needed. In expression it seems very maternal. From a man’s point of view, that’s the paradox, the good news and the bad. But as Myers said, good mothers are natural leaders. Even bad mothers probably too, no? If Myers keeps up this sort of thing, she could be running for office too. I’d vote for her.
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