Dee Dee Myers: Why Women Should Rule
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
First Female White House Press Secretary and Best-selling Author Speaks about "Why Women Should Rule the World"
When you're the first female White House Press Secretary and one of the youngest people to hold the position, you know the importance of female leadership first-hand. In that vanguard role, political analyst and commentator Dee Dee Myers gained the respect of the nation and media alike during the first years of the Clinton Administration. Myers now offers her insights into the importance of female leadership in her recent New York Times bestseller, "Why Women Should Rule the World." Published during the Centennial year of William Smith College, Myers' new release is the perfect opportunity for her to come to campus and reflect on the tenets of her work.
"There's no one better equipped to speak about women's leadership with our students and the many alumnae, alumnae and friends returning for Centennial weekend," says President Mark D. Gearan, who worked with Myers in the White House.
In the pages of "Why Women Should Rule the World," Myers makes the case that women's increasingly powerful role in public life is reshaping the world -- and making it better. And it's not because women are the same as men, she says, but often because of the ways they are different. Blending memoir, social history, and a call to action, Myers argues that empowering women makes business more productive, politics more representative and communities healthier and fairer. In a highly competitive and increasingly fractious world, women possess the kind of critical problem-solving skills that are urgently needed to break down barriers, build understanding, and create the best conditions for peace.
Perhaps the single-most influential experience behind her book is Myers' time as White House Press Secretary in the early 1990s. In that role, Myers participated in a wide range of events and initiatives, from the signing of the monumental Mideast peace accords to the passage of Clinton's first budget. In addition, she was part of the President's official delegation on trips to 25 foreign countries.
Before joining the Clinton administration, Myers worked on a variety of local, state and national political campaigns. She served as press secretary during Dianne Feinstein's 1990 gubernatorial bid in California, and worked on the presidential campaigns of Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President Walter F. Mondale. She also worked on the staffs of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and California State Senator Art Torres.
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Myers lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Todd S. Purdum, National Editor for Vanity Fair, and their two children.
Myers spoke briefly, signed copies of her book and talked with HWS students and faculty at 11 a.m. in the Wasey Room of the Scandling Campus Center on Saturday, Nov. 8. The event was sponsored by William Smith Congress. Following the signing, she offered the keynote address at the William Smith Alumnae Association Centennial Luncheon that was held in the Vandervort Room.