Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York. Senator Gillibrand also founded Off the Sidelines, an initiative that supports female political candidates and actively encourages all women and girls to advocate for issues they care about.  

"Women suffer a chronic and constant pull to the lowest-wage jobs in their industry. Women often have to ramp off their careers or change jobs. When someone has a baby and no paid leave, she may have to leave her job. She may have to ramp off her career because her mother is ill or dying and needs 24-hour care. She may reduce hours when she’s got an ill family member or a child who needs constant care. Across industries and professions, because there’s no structural support for women in the workplace, they’re often pulled down into lower-wage jobs and jobs with less responsibility. Two-thirds of all minimum wagers are women, because of all this stop-and-start and pulling down. So while we want to look toward shattering the glass ceiling, we also need to try to create policy change to support all women in the workplace so that all can rise."

"Women often are selfless. We often put ourselves last in all categories. We will put the children first, then our job, then our husband. Something that makes you happy and helps you thrive gets lost. My mother was a great role model because she not only had a career but also was a very hands-on mom who made dinner for us every night. But she also took time for herself. She took time to train for karate. She took time to go hunting. She had all sorts of passions, and that was an important thing to watch. We do well if we have someone to model ourselves after.  If you’ve seen someone accomplish what you hope to accomplish, it’s somehow easier."

Fast Company, Photograph via About.me

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Julie Rice

Julie Rice