Dear Madam President was written by Jennifer Palmieri, who was the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. In the book, Palmieri shares lessons learned from her experience on the campaign trail and during her time as the communications director for the Obama White House. The book is a letter to not only the future first female president but also any woman who desires to lead and succeed in their careers and lives. The advice in this book is inspirational and practical, and I encourage you to pick it up! I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from the book below.
“Whether or not you are defeated is your choice. Defeated is when you fail to look your opponent in the face and call them out on their hate or lies. Defeated is when you cower when attacked. Defeated is when you give up the fight. Worse, defeated is when you give up hope.”
“’People take their cue from you.’ That’s it. If you act like you belong in the room, people will believe you do. If you act like your opinion matters, others will, too. Simple, true, empowering, and life-changing advice. It is applicable for all women in every endeavor we undertake.”
“Even when you get to the White House, you will continue to draw fire, perhaps more than ever. That’s why I wanted to describe to you the resistance we encountered the first time a woman tried to do this. I hope you draw less fire but whatever happens, don’t let anyone stop you from continuing to move forward.”
“Feeling the pain is part of standing in the storm. You shouldn’t try to escape it or suppress the grief the pain causes. The pain isn’t what will defeat you. What matters is what you choose to do once the storm passes.”
“Don’t let anyone, man or woman, decide if you matter. You know you do.”
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Grand Central Publishing, March 27, 2018, 978-1538713457