Former Secretary of State and CBS News Contributor Condoleezza Rice, 60 MINUTES Correspondent Lesley Stahl and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett discussed women in leadership positions during a panel discussion that was broadcast live today, March 6, 2013 on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM-9:00 AM). Rice told co-hosts Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King,"When you enter a position of power, you have to want to be respected and every woman should understand that, from the youngest women to the most senior, the key is to be respected."
Excerpts from the interview are below.
NORAH O'DONNELL: You know I want to talk about this, because women have been going to college at the same rate as men for 30 years now. We talked yesterday about the lack of women at the top in business, and now let's talk about politics. Valerie, what do you think it is? Do you think it is institutional barriers or is it women holding that are holding themselves back from running for office?
Valerie Jarrett: Well, it's a range of issues, and I think what we have to find is women who are supporting other women, and you also have to have men in leadership roles that promote women. One reason I think that President Obama has been so effective is that he's surrounded himself and empowered women in key positions both within the White House and also key positions within the administration – Secretary of State, which we obviously know is a powerful position, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Health and Human Services, not to mention the two women on the Supreme Court. And so I think he's trying to do what he can to include women. I think he's doing his part to try to do it, and he says that we would not have the gridlock that we have in Washington if we had more women in Congress.
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