October 18, 2013

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss how female senators took the lead in ending the shutdown; how Janet Yellen could be a role model for young female economists, and former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas's new book, Unflinching Courage.


On the panel this week: Megan Beyer of the Gender Equality Project, Sr. Policy Analyst for the Independent Women’s Forum Hadley Heath, Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, and Republican Strategist Rina Shah.

Here are some of their thoughts:


Female Senators & Shutdown
Women in Congress took the lead in reaching a compromise.
  • Rina Shah: "Senator Collins is just one of the few senators... who has courage, conviction, and a conscience."
  • Patricia Sosa: "I think women... are showing to be the answer to sustaining democracy in this country."
  • Megan Beyer: "Like the cavalry, they arrived!"
  • Hadley Heath: "I think women are more relational...more collaborative in business."
Yellen Effect
Janet Yellen could become the first female Fed Chair
  • Patricia Sosa: "I know women are capable, [and] now there's a role model, I hope we will see a difference."
  • Megan Beyer: "Once you start seeing women in these roles... you know someone has made it before, and you're going to try."
  • Hadley Heath says Janet Yellen's nomination reminds her of Sally Ride's status as a role model for women in STEM fields.
  • Rina Shah says, "Janet Yellen is going to be a great role model...[even though] I don’t full agree with her on how to run the Fed.”
Unflinching Courage
Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on bipartisanship and the pioneering women of Texas.
  • Patricia Sosa: "There are a lot of Latinas that probably should be in that book."
  • Hadley Heath says she's excited for the book because it "highlights great American women in history."
  • Megan Bayer on Hutchison's bipartisanship: "many a Democrat would have crossed over for her."
  • Rina Shah: "I believe Kay Bailey Hutchison could have won an open primary, because she's a force. She's someone who's missed right now."
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