Ahh Sarah Palin…

Ok I admit it. I PVR’d Sarah Palin’s interview yesterday with Oprah. I just find this so compelling. This woman is writing a whole new book on how to be a woman in politics. During my blogging hiatus (sorry readers), I attended a fantastic event called “Women on Board” here in Vancouver. The keynote speaker, Avivah Wittenberg Cox spoke about how increasing the participation of women in business is not an HR or a diversity project. It is a business imperative as women represent the “other half” of the population. And that businesses with gender balanced executive teams outperform their non “gender balanced” competitors. Core to her argument is that women have spent the last thirty years adapting to a business structure developed by men. Cox’s argues that modifying this structure is key to business success.

And then Sarah Palin went on Oprah and I just had to write about her as I find her an interesting example of a woman who is restructuring the role of a politician.

Here are some things that make Sarah Palin an interesting case study:

  • She is a pro-life woman (with the kids to prove it) on the American right. For years, men have been the political spokespeople for the pro-life movement.  
  • She is savvy and thumbed her nose at the Republican establishment. She secured a $1.25 million dollar advance for her book “Going Rogue” that was released today and you would have to be under a rock to not know about it. The book widely denounces the McCain campaign.
  • She has five kids and and was a Governor (Ok Alaska is not the biggest state in the world – but still impressive).
  • She lost in the election, was widely widely mocked (SNL had its best ratings ever thanks to Katie Couric, Sarah Palin and Tina Fey) but yet, there is a good chance she will run for President in 2012. I  mean is anyone talking about Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee?
  • She represents a different type of woman in politics. She is not a Hilary Clinton who achieved through her intellect and ability to get on with the establishment (read men in politics). She just is who she is. Take it or leave it.

What to say more.

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