On my second go-round serving in the White House, I was a senior staff person. I ran a department. When I weighed in, my words weren't just heard but had consequences. Having a position of power should make you feel more comfortable expressing your view, and yet I found it was harder for me, and I think it was harder for some other women, too. That's when you have to get over your inhibitions and rise to the challenge to do the job you were hired to do. You can't think of it as reaching the next rung on the ladder of female empowerment -- it's simply a matter of doing your job.
-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 69-70