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  • ''(1) Do not cry. No matter what. (2) Use your appearance to create an image of strength. (3) Develop staying power. (4) Specialize. (5) Don't wear your sex like a badge on your sleeve. (6) Put in more time than anyone else. (7) Be loyal. (8) Be a team player. (9) Never use your family as an excuse. (10) Learn how to be a manager. (11) Network.''
    Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, chapters 1-9, 11-12, by Jerry Roberts (1994). Feinstein was the former San Francisco Mayor and current United States Senator. Roberts labelled these "Dianne Feinstein's Rules for [women] Getting Ahead" and headed each of eleven chapters with one of them, in the order shown above.
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  • ''Women have begun to see that if I go through that doorway, I take everybody through it.''
    Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, ch. 14, by Jerry Roberts (1994). Said by the former San Francisco Mayor in 1990, the year when she was narrowly defeated for the California Governorship. Two years later, she would be elected a United States Senator from California. Feinstein, one of whose "Rules for Getting Ahead" was "Don't wear your sex like a badge on your sleeve," had sometimes been criticized for inadequate commitment to feminist causes.
  • ''A woman does not have to make decisions based on the need to survive. She can cut through issues, call shots as she sees them.... Many bad decisions are made by men in government because it is good for them personally to make bad public decisions.''
    Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, ch. 5, by Jerry Roberts (1994). The former San Francisco Mayor and current United States Senator, Feinstein had been raised in an affluent family and married to men capable of supporting her. This statement—made soon after her first (and successful) political campaign, in 1969, for San Francisco Board of Supervisors—seemed to suggest that she assumed all women, or at least all who would aspire to public office, similarly had no need to earn their own livings.

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