We were privileged to hear Condoleeza Rice speak. We knew she was accomplished. We did not know she was very funny. She plays piano, loves football, and knows all about Russia. Her most important mentors were old white men. Here are five of the most incisive things she said about life (as opposed to the state of the world). We plan to take them to heart:
- More young women now than two decades ago question their ability to break the glass ceiling. Why? Are we telling them it can't be done? Maybe we need to change the message.
- There are so many ways to help a woman who thinks she can do it. There is no way to help a woman who thinks she can't.
- No-one can make the real world easier for women. Women will always have to do battle for what they want.
- There are three kinds of prejudice: Prejudice you can avoid. Prejudice you can ignore. Prejudice you must fight. Save your energy for the last category.
- Dress well. (She didn't say it, she lives it!)