Here's How MAKERS Madeleine Albright, Melinda Gates, and Kirsten Gillibrand Govern Like Feminists
While feminism has been a widespread movement for much of the United States' history, the movement seems (now more than ever) to be growing stronger as an increasing number of men jump on the bandwagon and women take leadership roles.
With each chip at the glass ceiling by ambitious women both in and out of politics, the nation comes that much closer to achieving the inevitable — shattered glass where only the sky is the limit.
For decades, women in politics and in other industries have worked toward breaking the glass by governing like the feminists they have chosen to be. From policy MAKERS like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hillary Clinton, to history MAKERS like Mae Jemison and Oprah Winfrey, there is no stopping leaders from showing just how important it is to govern like the feminists they are.
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"A feminist leader has no room for mediocrity. She's going to constantly have to prove that she is the right person for the job, which means not only doing what she was hired or elected to do, but staying true to her ideals. And while I've always felt that feminist issues are the same as human issues and that what is good for women and girls is good for men and boys, women have had to work harder to put policies in place that let them be empowered to be who they are, to make their own decisions over their own bodies, to get equal pay for equal work." —Madeleine Albright Photo Credit: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images
"In the 16 years since we started our foundation, a big part of my job has been sitting down with leaders from all over the world to advocate on behalf of women and girls. I've learned the hard way that this is not a topic that everyone is interested in... But that's starting to change. Increasingly, leaders are beginning to understand that no society can reach its full potential until the women who live there are empowered to reach their own potential, too. With that in mind, I think my definition of a feminist leader is someone who understands that working toward gender equality is both the smart thing and, even more importantly, the right thing to do... You definitely don't have to be a government leader to be a feminist leader. One of the first examples of feminist leadership I encountered was from my own father... He recognized, as great feminist leaders do—that teams are stronger when they include people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. And the work they did together was better for it." —Melinda Gates Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/Getty Images
"In 1995, Hillary Clinton went to Beijing and gave her famous speech and said that "women's rights are human rights, once and for all." That moment was life-changing for me... Right now, more American women than ever before are their family's sole or primary breadwinner. Whether we like it or not, our economy is changing, and women's roles in it are changing. We shouldn't be the only industrialized country on earth that doesn't guarantee its workers some form of paid leave. When major life events like illness and childbirth occur, who can afford to quit their job or go without pay to take care of that family member? No one should have to choose between having a child or taking care of a sick loved one, and keeping a paycheck." —Kirsten Gillibrand Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/AP