How to Fight From the Inside, Ellen Malcolm
If you can’t beat the system, work with it. That’s how EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm works to get women candidates funded and in office.
ELLEN MALCOLM: One day I met a wonderful man named Charlie Butcher, who started Butcher's Wax. And I told him that I was trying to figure out what EMILY's List was in the political world. And he said, you know, I'm an entrepreneur. When I started my company, I couldn't go straight at my big major competition. They would have swatted me like a fly.
He said, you know, it's kind of like sailing. You can't sail directly into the wind. You have to tack to get where you're going to go. And I thought, that's what EMILY's List is, we tack to where we're going to go. We use the power of the system in a different way to achieve our goals. A lot of organizations try to sail directly into the wind, and then they yell at the wind because they're not getting anywhere.
We don't do that. We use the power of the wind to make the change we're trying to get.