Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota

“My first advice is that it’s worth it. You can actually lead and get things done and you have to imagine yourself in that role. And the second thing is that you have to have a thick skin. You’re going to get attacked and you have to be ready for it, but then you have to move on and look at the good things.”

“Back when I was in fourth grade I was actually kicked out of my cherished suburban public school—Beacon Heights Elementary—for having the audacity to be the first girl to wear pants. This was—mind you—in Minnesota, where I walked to school… through the woods, rain or shine, 10 below or worse.”

“That bold pants-wearing move landed me in the principal’s office, where I was called in for my bell-bottomed reckoning by Mrs. Quady, our beehived principal.... ‘Amy Klobuchar, you can wear your culottes and your knickers and your trousers at home, but at Beacon Heights School you wear dresses. I wish I could say that I talked back or started a girls-can-wear-pants petition drive, or even more dramatically, a lawsuit. But since I was the good girl who had never been called into the principal’s office before, who didn’t really know how to take on the likes of Mrs. Quady and talk back, I simply cried. I got a permission slip, walked home, put on a skirt, and returned to school.”

“Now, all these years later, I get to tell my story of how I learned to talk back, stand my ground, and start that petition drive. It’s a story about beating the expectations of our culture and our times, trying my best to stay grounded in the values I learned growing up, and actually getting some things done along the way.” 

ABC News, and excerpt from Senator Klobuchar’s book, The Senator Next Door, Photograph via Off the Sidelines

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