The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
I do not make any apologies for my manner or personality. I come from a long line of very strong, black African-American women who neither bend nor bow. I haven't had very good modeling in submission.
This is not a country that has had a tremendous sympathy for poor people, so I think that the notion that somehow we have slipped into an era in which poor people don't matter is not quite the way our history would define it.
My satisfaction comes from my commitment to advancing a better world.
The influence of one's parents is powerful and permanent.
A woman who places a high priority on performance and excellence is seen as imperial. A man is seen as demanding and tough.
I have never believed in the impossible.
Being a person who has had plastic surgery and goes to the gym five days a week to work my muscles up so they don't look atrophied as a 60-year-old, I don't disparage people who want to maintain their appearance. But what I don't want is a society that tells me I have to.
The deal is that women have entered the workforce, but they have not been relieved of the domestic responsibilities.
My mother taught me a lot of things, but they had big presuppositions built in - like her expectation that I'd be a missionary nurse in a religious order.
We have a very long way to go to really penetrate the power structure. Until that happens, you will not see stability among the workforce, among women - in the workforce among women.
'What can your kids teach you?' Well, I believe something different about kids. We don't own them, they have their own knowledge. From the start you have to make the choice to listen.
I was raised in a very sheltered, narrow environment.
In 1985, I saw a tape of myself where my eyes were puffy. I looked very tired and bedraggled and not as youthful as I would like to have been.
The recognition of rights for women and minorities became a large part of my understanding of what this country is all about.
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