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Join POLITICO’s Anna Palmer on the Women Rule Podcast as she takes you backstage with women bosses for real talk on how they made it and what advice they have for women looking to lead. New episodes every Wednesday. Women Rule is produced by POLITICO in partnership with our founding partners Google and the Tory Burch Foundation.

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Tracking the candidates: Lori Lightfoot
In the first episode of our three-part "Women Rule: Tracking the candidates" mini-series: Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot is a Democrat running to unseat Chicago's current Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel. If she wins, she could be the city's first black female mayor (and its first openly gay mayor).
Aug 15, 2018
The arts in Washington, feat. the Hirshhorn Museum's Melissa Chiu and the Washington Ballet's Julie Kent
Don't count Washington out when it comes to the nation's art centers. Women Rule talks with two leading ladies of D.C.'s art scene: Melissa Chiu, the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Julie Kent, the artistic director for the Washington Ballet. Chiu discusses the rise of museums in the age of social media, her curation of Kusama's popular "Infinity Rooms" exhibit, and how she turned the Hirshhorn into an Instagram sensation. Kent reflects on her transition away from dancing and weighs what it means for women to lead in the art world.
Aug 08, 2018
Why the World Bank is investing in women
At our live Women Rule taping, Priya Basu, the head of the World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, looks back on one year of running the gender-equality “start-up."
Aug 01, 2018
Why Beautycounter’s Gregg Renfrew wants to regulate your makeup
As celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian lobby Capitol Hill for regulations around cosmetics products, the fight is getting another advocate for reform: beauty mogul Gregg Renfrew, the CEO of Beautycounter. Women Rule talks to Renfrew about her fight for natural beauty products, how she recovered after a public firing, and what's next for Beautycounter.
Jul 25, 2018
Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon wades into politics and pushes equal pay
Tamara Mellon, now the founder and chief creative officer of her own eponymous shoe line, struggled with addiction, founded a luxury shoe empire, and sought to disrupt the fashion industry. Women Rule talked with Mellon about how she started Jimmy Choo - and what that company has to do with her advocacy in closing the gender pay gap.
Jul 18, 2018
Bellamy Young imagines a different 'Scandal' under Hillary Clinton
Bellamy Young – known for her role on the hit TV series 'Scandal' as Mellie Grant, the former first lady-turned-president of the United States – reflects back on the Shonda Rhimes creation, the show's politics, and weighs just how different 'Scandal' was because President Trump was in the White House.
Jul 11, 2018
Hope Solo, the World Cup, and a 'lonely road' to equality in soccer
Soccer star Hope Solo wants to “right the ship” for her sport, especially when it comes to wage equality for female athletes and access for young players. On Women Rule, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Team talks about why she thinks "soccer in America has become the rich white kid’s sport" – and what she plans to do about it.
Jul 02, 2018
Where are all the black women on Capitol Hill?
The Black Women’s Congressional Alliance looks to promote diverse voices to work in the staff offices of Congress – even against the odds. From wage gaps to micro-aggressions, Women Rule talks with three staffers - Jennifer DeCasper, Rhonda Foxx, and Meaghan Lynch - about their experiences as black women on Capitol Hill.
Jun 27, 2018
‘It’s cruel’: Janet Napolitano on Trump’s 'zero tolerance' policy
Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is calling President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant families at the border “cruel” and a “misallocation” of resources by the administration. Napolitano implied that the White House’s “zero-tolerance” policy along the southern border could even be against the law. In this latest episode, Napolitano, who is now the president of the University of California school system, opens up about her old Homeland Security gig, her time in elected office in Arizona, and her battles with cancer.
Jun 20, 2018
‘Tell everybody’: Alisyn Camerota’s advice for women dealing with harassment
Former Fox News anchor Alisyn Camerota recounts her time under Roger Ailes’ rule and offers thoughts about the current #MeToo moment. Camerota – now a co-anchor on CNN's New Day program and the author of a new novel "Amanda Wakes Up" – also opens up about her journalism career, her dealings with Trump, and the book that was partly inspired by her time at Fox News.
Jun 13, 2018
BONUS: Turning down Kanye, and other times former BET exec Debra Lee said "no"
We're bringing you a bonus special episode from our Women Rule summit in Los Angeles, where POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown sat down with former BET chair and CEO Debra Lee earlier this week. Lee opens up about her political involvement, the art of saying "no," and BET Networks' transformation from a music video channel to what it is today.
Jun 09, 2018
'Ask any question – as long as you ask it respectfully'
Margaret Brennan, the moderator of CBS' "Face the Nation," is only the second female anchor in the show's lengthy history, and she's taken over after a massive shakeup at CBS. Here's her take on the #MeToo movement, how reporters have fallen short in their coverage of political news, and how she now handles her job asking questions of the most important political figures of our times.
Jun 06, 2018
The 'scary' enthusiasm of Christina Tosi
Pastry chef and Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi brings an intensity to her work that's hard to match - and even as her dessert empire grows, she has no intention of slowing down. On Women Rule, Tosi talks about her first forays into the food industry, her hustle to raise cash for Milk Bar, and the unflinching enthusiasm that got her to where she is today.
May 30, 2018
‘You’re so beautiful. Men must not know what to do with you.'
Sally Kohn, an author and former Fox News political commentator, opens up to Women Rule about her last interaction with Roger Ailes, how she stumbled into the TV punditry business, and the findings of her new book, 'The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing our Humanity.'
May 23, 2018
Universal Standard founders Polina Veksler and Alex Waldman
Polina Veksler and Alex Waldman, the founders of the plus-size clothing brand Universal Standard, discuss how women face more than just a gender wage gap - they also face a size pay gap. Women Rule peaks into how the two built their business from scratch, how they attracted big-name investors like Gwyneth Paltrow, and how they're now trying to revolutionize the fashion industry.
May 16, 2018
S'well founder Sarah Kauss
Sarah Kauss, founder of the water bottle company, discusses how S'well got its name, how she grew her company to be a worldwide brand, and how she learned to ask for help along the way.
May 09, 2018
‘News has a stigma’: theSkimm's path around the old guard
TheSkimm founders’ key to success meant ditching the ways of traditional media and embracing an audience-driven strategy. Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin discuss how they started their company from a couch, weigh the future of the brand, and dole out advice on how to raise capital for a new venture.
May 02, 2018
'Like vigilantes on the rampage': One top donor's beef with Democrats' response to #MeToo
Susie Tompkins Buell, a prominent Democratic donor, isn’t happy with how Democrats have handled sexual misconduct allegations within their own party. Buell, the founder of the Esprit clothing company, is widely known in left-leaning circles for cutting big political checks and through her close friendship with Hillary Clinton. Women Rule talks with her about the #MeToo movement and the Democratic party, Buell's longtime friendship with Hillary Clinton and how she built a clothing empire from scratch.
Apr 25, 2018
Bank of America’s Anne Finucane performs best in a crisis
Women Rule talks to one of the most powerful women in financial services: Bank of America’s vice chairwoman, Anne Finucane. She’s most responsible for the bank’s investment into all its social causes, including billions of dollars pumped into environmental initiatives. But before her broad portfolio at the bank, she was most known for one thing: turning the company around after the 2008 financial crisis. Women Rule spoke with Finucane about what she learned from it all, how Bank of America bounced back – and what women had to do with it.
Apr 18, 2018
Kara Swisher’s problem with men in tech
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads to Congress, one dogged tech reporter has some advice for Capitol Hill and the reporters who cover it: Take off the kid gloves when dealing with the Silicon Valley executive. “He’s one of the richest people on earth. He’s an adult. He’s 30-some years old,” Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode, said on the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast. “He can answer questions if he’s the CEO. He founded this company. Stop juvenilizing men here in Silicon Valley.”
Apr 10, 2018
An 'extremely stressful' Washington: Margaret Spellings weighs in on Trump
Margaret Spellings, President George W. Bush’s former education secretary, muses on the state of the cabinet under the current Republican White House and offers some praise for Betsy DeVos. Spellings also reflects back on her time as president of the University of North Carolina and her legacy on No Child Left Behind.
Apr 04, 2018
Why this Democratic senator is defending the Second Amendment
Just days after an emotional, nationwide movement demanding stricter gun control laws, North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp launched a staunch defense of the Second Amendment and pushed back at those calling for reforms. Heitkamp sat down with Women Rule for a live podcast taping in Los Angeles, explaining her views on guns, her tough midterm race in a deep red state, and her relationship with President Donald Trump.
Mar 28, 2018
The woman behind the GOP's fundraising juggernaut
Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, is smashing fundraising records. In the latest Women Rule episode, McDaniel explains her fervor for bringing in the cash: “If you have money you have power. And if you have money, you have a seat at the table." The RNC chair - only the second woman in that position - also spoke candidly about her relatively low profile in Washington (despite her prominent political family), her punishing work schedule away from her two children, and the Republican prospects in this midterm election.
Mar 21, 2018
How Kay Coles James sees conservatives in the Trump era
Kay Coles James is the new president of the Heritage Foundation, America's largest and arguably most influential conservative think thank. Her role is a groundbreaking one, in part because she’ll be the first African American woman to head up Heritage. Women Rule sits down with James to discuss the "true north" for conservatives, her attempt to work in the Trump administration (blocked, she says, by former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault Newman), and her personal history - including the time she attended a segregated white high school as a young child in the '60s.
Mar 14, 2018
SXSW Bonus: Wendy Davis on Texas Dems, Planned Parenthood, and what's next
Women Rule heads to Austin for SXSW, where host Anna Palmer speaks with Wendy Davis about what Democrats are doing in Texas, lessons she learned from her failed gubernatorial run in 2014, and whether or not she plans on getting more involved with Planned Parenthood.
Mar 13, 2018
Tina Smith replaced Al Franken. Now she tries to turn the page.
Sen. Tina Smith doesn’t want to talk about Al Franken. When asked about her Democratic predecessor, who resigned the Minnesota seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct, she avoided even saying his name in this Women Rule interview. Instead, Smith is concentrating on the economic implications of the #MeToo movement, as she trains her eye on getting reelected this November.
Mar 07, 2018
Is Uber bad for women? Rachel Holt doesn't think so
Rachel Holt, vice president at Uber and general manager of the company’s U.S. and Washington operations, spoke with Women Rule about the new directions the company has taken since Dara Khosrowshahi took over - and what it means for women.
Feb 28, 2018
Anna Deavere Smith: 'I don’t care about the glass ceiling anymore'
Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, best known for her role as Dr. Nancy McNally on "The West Wing," has a new film focusing on incarceration among American youth. Women Rule sits down with her to discuss the critically acclaimed "Notes From the Field," Deavere Smith's social justice interests, art in the Trump era and her latest work with Shonda Rhimes.
Feb 21, 2018
Sen. Tammy Duckworth: "I can’t technically take maternity leave"
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has a problem: How can a senator who needs to vote take time off to care for her newborn? The Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran, who is expecting her second child this spring, will be the first sitting senator to give birth in office. She plans to take 12 weeks of paid leave – but she’s working with her party’s leadership and her staff to figure out how she can still take important votes while she’s out. In this episode, the senator opens up about her history-making pregnancy, Democratic prospects in the midterms and her not-so-affectionate nickname for President Trump.
Feb 14, 2018
Meghan McCain believes Trump won't mock her father again
Meghan McCain is not her father. For one, she’s a daytime talk show host on ABC's "The View." And her father is Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a one-time presidential candidate and perennial thorn in Donald Trump’s side. But Meghan and her father are really close, and in this interview with Women Rule, the younger McCain opens up about some intensely personal topics, including her relationship with him. She also discusses his fight with brain cancer, how she feels (as a conservative) about the Trumps, and why she doesn't consider herself a feminist.
Feb 07, 2018
Martha Raddatz on being "extra careful" in the age of Trump
After several widely publicized mistakes by news outlets in reporting on President Donald Trump and his administration, Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week,” is calling the experience a “good lesson” learned for journalists. With Trump in the White House, “I think we’re watching each other a little more,” Raddatz told POLITICO’s Anna Palmer. “I think we’re more careful — and try to be more careful — in that we admit mistakes quickly and try to correct those mistakes. That’s a good thing.” In the interview, Raddatz also spoke about taking the "scenic route" in her career, the difficulties of reporting on foreign wars, and what she's proudest of in her career.
Jan 31, 2018
BONUS: What Trump speechwriters can learn from history
As Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address on the heels of reports he had an affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, one former White House speechwriter offered up a lesson from what Bill Clinton did in 1998: Stick to policy." June Shih, one of the architects of that address – which Clinton delivered just four days after news broke of the scandal involving Monica Lewinsky – said focusing on his ideas made Clinton’s speech “a very triumphant moment.” Women Rule spoke to four former presidential speechwriters – including Mary Kate Cary of the George HW Bush White House, Vinca LaFleur of the Clinton White House and Sarada Peri of the Obama White House – about their experiences writing the addresses, their advice for Trump’s speechwriting team and why there are so few women at the highest levels of the profession.
Jan 29, 2018
An affair with Trump? Nikki Haley on ‘disgusting’ rumors, her rise to top foreign policy role
The former anti-Trump governor became one of the president’s favorite officials, giving her rare standing on the global stage. The U.N. ambassador explains how in this special episode of POLITICO’s Women Rule podcast with White House reporter Eliana Johnson.
Jan 26, 2018
Stephanie Schriock wants EMILY’s List out of business
As Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List puts it: "Someday, EMILY’s List will not be needed...because there will be women running in every election out there.” From Schriock’s view, that day could be soon. The organization, which supports pro-choice Democratic women in their bids for public office, has seen a growth spurt in the months since the 2016 election. And going into the 2018 midterms, they've more than doubled their campaign operations. POLITICO's Anna Palmer talks with Schriock about winning back the House, Schriock's her early start in politics, her old boss Sen. Al Franken, and more.
Jan 24, 2018
Maria Trabocchi’s secrets on how to treat Washington VIPs
Maria Trabocchi has built a Washington restaurant brand on hospitality and Italian fine dining — and for years, Sfoglina, Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca (and, most recently, Del Mar) have played host to D.C.’s A-list. The Obamas have feasted there, along with foreign heads of state, Hollywood stars like Meryl Streep, and the occasional Supreme Court justice. But what's the secret to charming the VIPs of the nation’s capital? POLITICO's Anna Palmer sits down with Trabocchi to discuss the details of entertaining Washington's power brokers, how she got her start in the food industry, and what's next for her restaurant empire.
Jan 17, 2018
Gretchen Carlson: "Stop being so damn nice"
Before the viral hashtag #MeToo, before the revelations against Harvey Weinstein and other media giants, there was Gretchen Carlson. Back in 2016, Carlson filed a landmark lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, beginning a wave of sexual harassment allegations at the network. Eventually Ailes was forced out, along with other Fox News big wigs, like Bill O’Reilly and Fox co-president Bill Shine. But at the time, Carlson was a solitary voice against one of the most powerful men in media. In this interview with the former Fox News anchor, POLITICO's Anna Palmer talks with Carlson about that "lonely, fearful" time, her advice for women in the workplace, her winding career path, and what's next for the pageant queen-turned-journalist-turned-women's empowerment advocate.
Jan 10, 2018
Women Rule POLITICO: Covering the Trump White House
Are women the survivors in Trump’s White House? What goes on behind the scenes when reporting on the presidency? POLITICO White House reporters Nancy Cook and Annie Karni sit down with Carrie Budoff Brown for the final Women Rule episode of 2017.
Dec 20, 2017
"Me Too" stories from Washington
POLITICO just hosted its fifth annual Women Rule summit, where we had several frank discussions about sexual harassment and assault. In this episode of the 'Women Rule' podcast, we hear some poignant moments from the summit: interviews with Elaine Chao and Kellyanne Conway about their "Me Too" moments, a discussion with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and the misconduct allegations sweeping Capitol Hill, and a talk with Tarana Burke, the woman who founded the "Me Too" movement over a decade ago.
Dec 13, 2017
Chef Amy Brandwein: It’s “really challenging” supervising all men
It’s not easy being the lone woman at the top of the food chain, especially in all-male kitchens. But powerhouse chef and restaurateur Amy Brandwein — owner of the popular Italian eatery and market Centrolina in downtown Washington — has learned to deal with it. In this conversation with POLITICO's Anna Palmer, Brandwein talks about striking out on her own in the male-dominated food industry, what she's learned from politics, and how it's that much more difficult to raise money as a female entrepreneur.
Dec 06, 2017
Women Rule POLITICO: Where are all the female farmers?
What happens when the agriculture industry stays male-dominated? Will first lady Melania Trump continue Michelle Obama's legacy on healthy eating? In this food-themed post-Thanksgiving episode, POLITICO agriculture reporters Helena Bottemiller Evich, Jenny Hopkinson, and Catherine Boudreau sit down with Carrie Budoff Brown to discuss the latest in food and farm policies.
Nov 29, 2017
Glamour's Cindi Leive talks Biden’s apology to Anita Hill
Cindi Leive’s 16th and final year at the helm of Glamour has been consumed with discussion of sexual misconduct, but she says the discussion would not continue to dominate news cycles today if Anita Hill had been handled differently 26 years ago. As she prepares to depart Glamour after a 16-year run at the magazine, Leive joined POLITICO’s Anna Palmer to discuss what’s changed for women during that time, what’s changed for the publication, and what she wishes she had done differently.
Nov 22, 2017
Women Rule POLITICO: Is net neutrality a “woman’s issue”?
How does the net neutrality debate affect women? What are social media giants doing to combat the spread of fake news and harassment on their platforms? POLITICO technology reporters Margaret Harding McGill and Nancy Scola sit down with Carrie Budoff Brown to discuss the latest in tech news.
Nov 15, 2017
The Reluctant Pioneer: Border Patrol's first female chief
As Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost tells it, there is “no difference between female agents, male agents -- we’re all Border Patrol agents.” In this bonus episode, Provost, the agency’s first female head, sat down with Women Rule to discuss her history-making career, the Border Patrol’s vast gender gap, and why it matters to have more women in their ranks.
Nov 14, 2017
The women behind the 2016 candidates: One year later
On the first anniversary of the 2016 election, we spoke to female political operatives from the Clinton, Cruz, Rubio, Sanders and Trump campaigns to hear their backstage stories from the campaign trail – what they learned, what they wish they had done differently, and when they foresee a woman in the White House.
Nov 08, 2017
Bonus: Sexism on America’s front lines
Susan Glasser, host of the Global POLITICO podcast, takes over the Women Rule feed for this important episode. Six women with careers in national security sit down with Glasser to explore the specific challenges faced by women who step up to participate in the policy debates about America’s place in the world. Frequently, they find themselves so outnumbered that even offenses which would stir outrage in many other workplaces are still so commonplace they are hardly remarked on. Laura Rosenberger, Evelyn Farkas, Mieke Eoyang, Loren Schulman, Kathleen Hicks and Julianne Smith explore how they've handled uncomfortable situations, confronted sexism and succeeded in this male-dominated field.
Nov 06, 2017
Women Rule POLITICO: The editors behind the magazine
Will we ever have a female president? The latest edition of POLITICO's magazine tackles that question - and a lot more. POLITICO magazine editors Margaret Slattery and Elizabeth Ralph sit down with Carrie Budoff Brown to discuss the print publication.
Nov 01, 2017
Shaheen on sexual assault: 'We need men to speak up'
After the sexual harassment allegations leveled at Harvey Weinstein, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling for legislative remedies – and a cultural shift.
Oct 25, 2017
SoulCycle CEO tries to keep politics out of the studio
Fitness mogul Melanie Whelan puts her spin on leadership, politics, and why women rule in the fitness space. Whelan also teases a possible expansion of the SoulCycle brand.
Oct 11, 2017
Nazanin Boniadi on Trump's tough Iran talk and human rights
Iranian-born actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi, who was protesting at the United Nations last week while Trump denounced the nuclear deal in an address to the General Assembly, said that the focus on the nuclear deal distracts from another pressing issue – human rights violations in Iran. She details how the international agreement has affected her humanitarian work, minority representation in Hollywood and more.
Sep 27, 2017
What Democrats can do to save Dreamers
Obama’s immigration architect, Cecilia Muñoz, advises lawmakers in her party to forget broader immigration reform and ‘stay focused on the DREAM Act.’ In the latest episode, Muñoz recalls the lengthy West Wing deliberations leading up to Obama’s executive action on DACA, and the political landmines it entailed for the Democratic Party. Muñoz also touches on her own journey from the world of immigration advocacy to the White House —-- and what advice she would give to women of color navigating Washington.
Sep 13, 2017
How the White House battles the opioid crisis
In early August, President Donald Trump vowed to formally dub the U.S. opioid crisis a “national emergency.” But nearly a month later, the president has yet to officially declare a state of emergency — a move that would enable the federal government to pump funds into addressing the drug epidemic. Two women on the front lines of the opioid fight — June Sivilli, the chief of the public health division in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Dr. Cece McNamara Spitznas, ONDCP’s senior science policy adviser – try to explain why Trump still hasn’t made that formal declaration. Women Rule spoke to Sivilli and Spitznas about the administration's drug control priorities and how the opioid crisis has uniquely affected women.
Aug 30, 2017
The refugees who became ambassadors: Life after genocide
On this episode of "Women Rule," two ambassadors to the U.S., Vlora Çitaku from Kosovo and Mathilde Mukantabana from Rwanda, tell their deeply personal stories about life after genocide. They explain what got them through those trying times and how they continued to live – and thrive – in the face of those devastating circumstances, and along the way, they point out how women were integral in rebuilding their societies after war.
Aug 16, 2017
A former Navy SEAL promises a fight against Trump's transgender ban
After President Trump took to Twitter last week to announce a ban on transgender military personnel, one former Navy SEAL lobs a warning at the White House: “You just smacked the hornet’s nest with a baseball bat." In this episode, POLITICO's Luiza Savage interviews Kristin Beck - a transgender war veteran - and discusses this turning point for the LGBT community.
Aug 02, 2017
Female mayors take issue with "women's issues"
The mayors of Baltimore, Charlotte and Salt Lake City wrestle with some of the most contentious issues dominating national policy conversations, including health care and improving public school systems.   These city leaders also all happen to be female – and are tired of having some of their cities’ most thorny issues singled out as “women’s issues.” Mayors Jennifer Roberts (of Charlotte), Catherine Pugh (of Baltimore) and Jackie Biskupski (of Salt Lake City) discuss critical policy areas and what it's like to be a local lady boss.
Jul 19, 2017
What's next for Mindy Finn?
In the wake of the 2016 election, former vice presidential candidate and long-time Republican digital strategist Mindy Finn may be leaving the GOP –- and Washington -– altogether. In this episode of "Women Rule," Finn, who ran alongside independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin last year, delivers a harsh critique of her party, its leaders in Congress, and President Trump.
Jul 05, 2017
Re-imagining ‘Girls’ in the Trump era, feat. Allison Williams
Actress Allison Williams says she doesn’t like to get political – a feature, she claims, of being the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams. But she has some distinct opinions about how President Donald Trump would have knocked her hit HBO show “Girls” in a dramatically different direction. In the latest episode of "Women Rule," Williams talks politics, millennial activism, and women in Hollywood.
Jun 21, 2017
Bonus episode: What it will take for women to win
Women are more politically mobilized than ever before, but that hasn't been enough to get them into office. With women stalled at 20 percent of Congress and 1 in 4 elected offices nationwide, POLITICO investigates the causes of this persistent gender gap — and what’s really stopping women from breaking through. Luiza Savage talks with journalist Amanda Ripley and American University professor Jennifer Lawless about the findings of POLITICO's deep dive into women and the political pipeline.
Jun 14, 2017
Bonus episode: Why isn’t the GOP electing more women?
While the GOP swept into control of both chambers on Capitol Hill, the number of Republican women in Congress actually decreased in the last election. Collectively, they make up only 9% of Republicans on the Hill. By comparison, women are about one third of all Democrats in the Congress. To discuss this gap -- and possible solutions to decrease it -- Women Rule brought together three experienced Republican strategists: Andrea Bozek, the communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2016 election cycle; Liesl Hickey, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee; and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. The conversation was moderated by POLITICO Live’s editorial director Luiza Savage and journalist Amanda Ripley, author of the Women Rule investigation into women and politics.
Jun 12, 2017
"I didn't fail," featuring Carly Fiorina
With President Trump confronting multiple Russia investigations, a stalled legislative agenda, and tense relationships with foreign allies, Carly Fiorina has some sharp words of advice: “Stop tweeting.” In the latest episode of Women Rule, the former Hewlett-Packard executive-turned-U.S. presidential candidate weighed in on a wide array of political topics, but also discussed some deeply personal stories: her first Washington meeting at a strip club in the ‘80s, how she felt responding to Trump’s campaign trail insults of her appearance, and why she abhors the female-centric discussion around the “fear of failure.”
Jun 07, 2017
A "history-making" FBI chief? Featuring Fran Townsend, Candi Wolff, Julie Cram
The FBI has never had a female director. But Fran Townsend, the former homeland security adviser for President George W. Bush, could change that. She confirms that the Trump administration has approached her about the job and weighs in on what she believes is a historic candidacy. In this week's Women Rule podcast, Townsend joins two other prominent women from the Bush White House – Candi Wolff, former assistant for legislative affairs, and Julie Cram, former deputy assistant and director of the Public Liaison Office – to reflect on their stints in the executive branch and offer up advice for the current Republican administration.
May 24, 2017
“We should be mandating diversity,” featuring Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada made history last year when she was elected the first Latina member of the U.S. Senate. She’s now working to become less of a novelty. The Nevada senator talks with Women Rule about her push for a more diverse legislative body, whether she could work with the Trump administration, and how women bond in the Senate. Plus: A reporters roundtable with two of POLITICO's star Capitol Hill journalists, Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim.
May 10, 2017
Bonus episode: “I have a right to take up space,” featuring Sophia Bush
In a special episode of "Women Rule," POLITICO's “Off Message” podcast takes over the feed with an interview featuring actress and political activist Sophia Bush. POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown hands over the reins to her colleague Isaac Dovere for the bonus interview, where we hear Sophia Bush delve deep into issues Women Rule listeners are familiar with: women in politics and sexism in the workplace.
May 09, 2017
Hollywood's 2020 wish list, featuring Tony Goldwyn, Jaime King, and Adrienne Elrod
Hollywood stars who went all-in for Hillary Clinton say the next woman who tries to shatter that highest glass ceiling needs something that Clinton sorely lacked – authenticity. Actor Tony Goldwyn, actress Jaime King and the Clinton campaign's Adrienne Elrod talk about post-election emotions still raw nearly 100 days into President Trump’s first term.
Apr 26, 2017
Giving Ivanka Trump "the benefit of the doubt," featuring Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen, the former assistant to President Barack Obama and former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, weighs in on Ivanka Trump, discusses her personal experience as a working single mother, and reflects on how the former first lady was as a boss.
Apr 19, 2017
"Men don’t prepare that much, so why do we have to?" featuring Elaine Chao
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao discusses the preparation gap, explores how her experiences as an immigrant have helped shape her long career in Washington, and weighs in on the number of women in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
Apr 12, 2017
“None of us got here by being namby-pamby” featuring Sen. Mazie Hirono
Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii discusses the challenges of running for office and offers insight into the battles she’s fighting in the U.S. Senate. Hirono also opens up about her experience being the country's first Buddhist senator and how her mother's brave journey from Japan shaped her life and career.
Mar 30, 2017
"I had to speak out" featuring Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Deb Fischer
On the first episode of the Women Rule podcast, Sen. Deb Fischer discusses working with Ivanka Trump to get family leave legislation and Valerie Jarrett tells Kellyanne Conway: “It’s hard in the beginning.”
Mar 06, 2017
Coming soon: Women Rule with Carrie Budoff Brown
Whatever else can be said for the 2016 election, the highest glass ceiling was not broken and the number of women in the U.S. Congress stalled at a mere one-fifth of its members. Every month POLITICO Editor Carrie Budoff Brown will sit down with women leaders to talk power, politics and policy, and explore how dynamics shift when women have a seat at the table. Women Rule is produced by POLITICO in partnership with Google and the Tory Burch Foundation.
Mar 01, 2017