Summary of “How I Learned to Embrace Power as a Woman in Washington”

Throughout my career, I’d been called “Tough.” It was a compliment that was regularly paid to women in Washington who demanded excellent work, but of course, it always sounded less begrudging when it was said of a man.
The question of how women use their power is far more complicated, more difficult and more urgent today than it is for men.
Women are often in denial about their own capabilities and search for others-groups of women or commanding men-to establish their power.
The real drawback of this dynamic is that it affects how women do their jobs.
More than anything, women have to become more accustomed to getting power.
Women need to stop thinking that “Power” is a dirty word, or that the trappings of power matter less than the work.
Women have a tremendous amount of power that comes with the roles we play in society, far more power than we ever had before.
At the same time, we have to appreciate that so many of the remaining obstacles to women’s advancement- most blatantly, perhaps, the sexual harassment in the workplace that has become an important topic of conversation-are all about power.

The orginal article.