"In my experience, the balancing act women in politics have to master is challenging at every level, but it gets worse the higher you rise. If we're too tough, we're unlikable. If we're too soft, we're not cut out for the big leagues. If we work too hard, we're neglecting our families. If we put family first, we're not serious about the work. If we have a career but no children, there's something wrong with us, and vice versa. If we want to compete for a higher office, we're too ambitious." -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened
This is a remarkable book. If you can manage, put aside your political fatigue for a moment. Hillary will go down as not only one of the most accomplished women, but one of the most accomplished people in our country's history. Yet, despite being at the center of a historic event with disastrous implications, people don't want to listen to what she has to say about it. Well, thankfully: nevertheless, she persisted.
It's funny that women are constantly persisting while men are simply existing. One of the more interesting -albeit disgusting and exhausting- reasons Hillary dives into in her analysis of "what happened" is the inherent sexism she faced. This is nothing new but throughout the campaign, all I wanted were her thoughts on how it felt to be the center of all the hatred & disrespect many of us only ever experience a fraction of simply because of our gender. As with all of the other reasons outlined in the book, she handles this with intellect, research, and most importantly: advice and guidance for what future generations can do when faced with such problems. Who could refuse the chance to learn from a woman who has seen it all?
That's my spiel for anyone opposed to the idea of this book. Now, I could go on endlessly about how this book confirmed all the things I admire about Hillary, but I'll just stick to two of my favorite bits. First, she compares Putin to manspreading guys on the subway. Second, she also read Tocqueville's Democracy in America in a Wellesley polisci class; knowing that she too recalls it fondly makes all the dark moments of this book a tiny bit brighter.
tea, sympathy, scones, laughs, business + life chat with the loveliest friend and fellow @compass agent @lauriewgilmore. Thank you @teaandsympathynyc, you hold title for the best NYC Brit fix without the jet lag! 😘🍵🍰❤️ #tea#nyc#teaandsympathy
So lovely having a special lunch with my mum while Jenson was in nursery and before baby H arrives! What a woman she is!!! 😍 And the banana and salted caramel milkshake 🍌 was soooo good! #teaandsympathy#qualitytime
Today has been one of those days that wrap you up and make you forget which day of the week it is. Fell into a creative bubble, stirring and mixing the inspiration in the air until we had something to show for the hours we worked. I've kind of stumbled/stepped back into the theatre world, and the world of BSL (British Sign Language), fusing them together into something magical for the coming winter. I'll share more soon, but right now it's slowly starting to take shape, and the path ahead is feeling a bit clearer. Hugely grateful to @lauragoldini for saying "yes" to this crazy project, plenty more cups of tea coming your way! ☕️ (Also grateful for @destinyischoice, who unwittingly worked hours with me last week when it felt like I was either going to sink or swim...) Good things are ahead!
Anyone still fighting off this horrible flu that’s been going around? I slept like a (very congested) log last night so I think I’m on the mend, but still, hunting down some new soup recipes to properly kick it! #allyouneedissoup
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries
You belong somewhere you feel free
Thanks Tom Petty for making music of such beautiful simplicity in a world that needs much more of it. I don't know if it was possible for me to have listened more to Wildflowers in the year leading up to making Tea & Sympathy. One of the true greats. #tompetty#RIPTomPetty#teaandsympathy
Suuuuper thrilling Saturday night at home by the fire with guest stars Kleenex and tea while everyone else is at a family party. Succumbed to cold given to me by the kiddos. Only solace is my awesome new @fishseddynyc mug that I got on sale at @theacehardwareshop. Boo to the rest of it.