Is a Man’s World Over?
long experience in politics made me well suited for the challenge of getting the first woman elected president. I was certain that everything had prepared me for this moment.
When it was clear that we had lost, I had to accept that my faith in politics was misplaced. There are no rules in politics.
But I am happy to have found that faith now in myself. Instead of working in the office of another politician, I am making my ownworld, and I love it. I wrote a book of advice for women looking to lead. That is something I never thought I would do.
I was able to use the book tour as a way to honor my sister, Dana, who died last year. I brought my family out on the road, and we crisscrossed the country rekindling old friendships. I listen to the universe now, and when it sendsunusual opportunitiesmyway, I follow up on them. I am open to whims. And I have a lot more fun.
I’ve learned that the success that comes with titles and money holds little value to me. All I need to feel fulfilled is to put my best effort into something that matters. I am continually trying to inspire others, bridge divides, and advocate on behalf of those who suffer injustice, including issues involving immigration. I am an adviser for the Emerson Collective, an organization founded by businesswoman Laurene Powell Jobs that engages in social, environmental, and educational initiatives. That’s what success looks like to me in my world.
I don’t have any regrets, and I am grateful for the skills I have honed. Since I had to work hard to fit in, I am very astute. I never lived my life expecting everything to go my way, so I can manage disappointments well. I had to be satisfied with achieving less than many of the men around me, allowing me to appreciate the value of the personal satisfaction that comes from doing the very best job I can do, regardless of what others think.
I see now that manipulating the power dynamic was within my ability all along. All you have to do to change your world is change the way you react to it. It is revolutionary. These days I stand differently. Taller. More assured. A confident and sometimes mischievous expression shows on my face. I would recommend keeping an eye on me. There is no telling what I will do next.
Palmieri’s book, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World, is available on Amazon.