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7 thoughts on women and politics

Quotes from Lindy’s book,  Washington through a Purple Veil: Memoirs of a Southern Woman:

  1. Women are the most efficient, honest, and loyal campaign workers a good candidate can have. There are dramatic differences between the politics of women and men. All our lives we are socialized to be compassionate, to think about the next generation, to be gentle, and considerate of the smallest, weakest ones. We are the keepers of the culture, endowed with a nurturing quality that seeks to calm waters, not roil them; to pursue compromise, not challenge it; to think of powerless not as problems or voting blocs but as people to be empowered.
  2. Once we are committed to someone or something, we are loath to give up.
  3. Women are more alert to prejudicial practices and laws, more fiscally responsible, more open to international friendships and have more understanding of ethnic distinctions.
  4. Women see in other women similarities, shared experiences. Men notice the differences between themselves and other men and sometimes end up feeling superior.
  5. We hear so much about leadership and the quality of our leaders. It is very simple. People with ability should lead.
  6. Because I was brought up in the tradition of Southern women, I could easily be polite and gracious while being firm.
  7. Live your life with confidence, authority and graciousness (and don’t forget a purple veil).


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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