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(NJ Star Ledger) What every woman should know if she wants to succeed


Kate White, the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and author of the just-published “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know,” sent me a photograph published in the New York Times that was taken at an evening meeting in the Oval Office during the Arab Spring uprisings. The photograph showed President Obama sitting behind his desk talking on the phone, with eight staffers milling around the room waiting for the president. All of those staffers were men. When

Kate first saw this photo she thought to herself, “What is wrong with this picture?”

Maybe it was just a coincidence that there were no women staffers at that meeting.

Perhaps the female staffers who would normally have been there just so happened to be elsewhere that evening. But it is odd that during a serious foreign policy crisis, if women staffers ordinarily would be in attendance, that none was present.


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