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Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright
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Aug 06, 08


This is a memoir, so it may be self-indulgent (from the political and legacy point of view). Probably should also read a biographer's view. I really enjoyed it in any case. I learned a lot. I particularly enjoyed the fact that she was not shy about her femininity. I have had this grudge for years and years, and finally, I am seeing the double standard eroding. Men were allowed to be in charge, to be serious, successful people and never asked to hide their masculinity. They were even encouraged to indulge it. But, women had to appear manly or be jeered at. As far as indulging one's gender traits, I think everyone should put a lid on it in professional settings, but this doesn't mean you need to change your basic character.
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