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Join POLITICO’s Anna Palmer on the Women Rule Podcast as she takes you backstage with women bosses for real talk on how they made it and what advice they have for women looking to lead. New episodes every other Wednesday. Women Rule is produced by POLITICO in partnership with our founding partners G… read more

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Seema Verma: ‘This wouldn’t even be a discussion if you were a man’

March 13th, 2019


The head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administers the health care plans of 130 million Americans and oversees around 26 percent of the federal budget. It's a big job. And for Seema Verma, it's one …

‘I hope people can say, “Your show made my life better”’: Justina Machado & Gloria Calderón Kellett

March 8th, 2019


The star and showrunner of Netflix’s "One Day At a Time" — one of Hollywood's few series starring and led by women of color — talk Hollywood, sexism …

'It's painful to grow': NYC first lady Chirlane McCray on life as an introvert in the public eye

February 27th, 2019


New York City first lady Chirlane McCray joins us to talk about the work she's been doing to expand access to mental health care, her experiences growing up as the only black student in her class from sixth grade …

Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, on breaking the glass ceiling in national security

February 13th, 2019


Years before Heather Wilson was secretary of the Air Force or a member of Congress, she was a student in just the third class in Air Force Academy history that admitted women. She talks with us about how the national …

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on how Democrats can win the Midwest

January 30th, 2019


Nan Whaley has always known she was a democrat. Her father was a union worker and her mother was a local official in their small Indiana town. She …

Jean Case of the Case Foundation, on knowing your 'true north'

January 23rd, 2019


Earlier in her career, Jean Case was on the executive track at General Electric when she made a big leap -- into tech. She rose to be a senior executive at AOL in the 1990s. Later, she and her husband Steve founded the …

Stacey Abrams: 'I will run for office again'

January 16th, 2019


Stacey Abrams says the surge of new voters in Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial election -- though it wasn't enough to propel her to victory -- means the state is a must-visit for Democrats running for president in 2020.

‘I think it’s outrageous’ Rep. Nita Lowey on the government shutdown

January 9th, 2019


Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is the first woman to chair the powerful House Appropriations committee since it was created in 1865. And she’s ready for …

'Go for the long shot’ Incoming Congresswoman Katie Porter

January 2nd, 2019


Katie Porter is a consumer advocate, law professor, parent, and — as of this week — a member of Congress.

She’s among the more than 100 women elected in the 2018 midterms, a Democrat representing once deeply …

‘I believe that silence is consent’ Piper Perabo transforms from actor to activist

December 19th, 2018


Piper Perabo tells the story of her journey from actor to activist. This podcast was recorded live at the 6th Annual Women Rule Summit in Washington, …

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president doesn't single out women reporters

December 12th, 2018


Live from the Women Rule 2018 Summit: President Donald Trump has made numerous derisive comments about female reporters, but White House Press …

Sen. Capito: We’re ‘well aware’ of a lack of Republican women in Congress

December 5th, 2018


2018 was the "Year of the Woman" — except when it comes to Republican lawmakers.

“We’re falling way short. And the Democrats are outshining us, no doubt on that," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said. Hear what …

Deborah Rutter on running the Kennedy Center

November 28th, 2018


Deborah Rutter, the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, spoke with Women Rule about how she deals with the political …

“I so desperately wanted to do well”: Entrepreneur Gazelle Hashemian

November 20th, 2018


Gazelle Hashemian -- a successful IT executive whose latest venture is the wellness company Blue Flower -- said her deep sense of appreciation for …

'You fall in love with it': Kim Davis on hockey and her career in the NHL

November 14th, 2018


NHL executive vice president Kim Davis is diversifying the NHL. Women Rule talks with Davis about her work to grow the league’s fan base, how she’s …

How women won – and lost – in the midterms

November 7th, 2018


It was a historic night for women in midterm races around the country. Women Rule's Anna Palmer talks with POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown and …

BONUS: The women behind the women on Capitol Hill

November 2nd, 2018


With a potential new wave of women legislators coming to Capitol Hill after this election, Women Rule asked the question: What about their staffers? …

The midterms, 'fake news,' and Martha MacCallum

October 31st, 2018


Fox News host Martha MacCallum will lead the network's coverage on election night. Women Rule talks with MacCallum about how she's prepping for the …

Michelle Freeman believes in the equalizing power of sports

October 24th, 2018


Michelle Freeman, real estate magnate and partner at Monumental Sports and Entertainment (which owns the Washington Wizards, Capitals, and the WNBA Mystics), talks about women in sports team ownership, the equalizing …

Jodi Picoult, "women's fiction," and what powerful men can learn from her books

October 17th, 2018


Best-selling author Jodi Picoult is out with a new book - and it has a lot of political implications about women's reproductive rights. Women Rule …

Will Cecile Richards ever run for office?

October 10th, 2018


Cecile Richards, the former head of Planned Parenthood, opens up about the Supreme Court, her one "bizarre" meeting with Ivanka Trump, a childhood …

The past and future of Jennifer Siebel Newsom

October 3rd, 2018


Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker and women's rights advocate, could be the next first lady of California. Women Rule talks with Siebel …

Jane Fonda's last act

September 26th, 2018


Women Rule talks with actress Jane Fonda about political activism, "radical kinship" with Donald Trump and his supporters, and the latest documentary …

Dana Perino: From the White House to Fox News

September 19th, 2018


Dana Perino, the Fox News host of the afternoon “Daily Briefing” program and a co-panelist on “The Five,” had a life before cable news.

Perino came …

"I didn’t challenge sexism at every turn"

September 12th, 2018


Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the …

What Allie Beth Stuckey hates about the conservative world

September 5th, 2018


Blogger, podcaster, and Conservative Review TV host Allie Beth Stuckey opens up about how being a conservative has marked her – wrongly – as someone …

Tracking the candidates: Ayanna Pressley

August 29th, 2018


Ayanna Pressley could be the new face of an old-school Democratic district in Massachusetts.

In our final installment of our "Tracking the …

Tracking the candidates: Lea Márquez Peterson

August 22nd, 2018


With Donald Trump as president, it’s not easy to run for Congress as a Republican woman this year.

For Lea Márquez Peterson, who’s a GOP primary …

Tracking the candidates: Lori Lightfoot

August 15th, 2018


In the first episode of our three-part "Women Rule: Tracking the candidates" mini-series: Lori Lightfoot.

Lightfoot is a Democrat running to unseat …

The arts in Washington, feat. the Hirshhorn Museum's Melissa Chiu and the Washington Ballet's Julie Kent

August 8th, 2018


Don't count Washington out when it comes to the nation's art centers.

Women Rule talks with two leading ladies of D.C.'s art scene: Melissa Chiu, …

Why the World Bank is investing in women

August 1st, 2018


At our live Women Rule taping, Priya Basu, the head of the World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, looks back on one year of running the …

Why Beautycounter’s Gregg Renfrew wants to regulate your makeup

July 25th, 2018


As celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian lobby Capitol Hill for regulations around cosmetics products, the fight is getting another advocate for …

Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon wades into politics and pushes equal pay

July 18th, 2018


Tamara Mellon, now the founder and chief creative officer of her own eponymous shoe line, struggled with addiction, founded a luxury shoe empire, and …

Bellamy Young imagines a different 'Scandal' under Hillary Clinton

July 11th, 2018


Bellamy Young – known for her role on the hit TV series 'Scandal' as Mellie Grant, the former first lady-turned-president of the United States – …

Hope Solo, the World Cup, and a 'lonely road' to equality in soccer

July 2nd, 2018


Soccer star Hope Solo wants to “right the ship” for her sport, especially when it comes to wage equality for female athletes and access for young …

Where are all the black women on Capitol Hill?

June 27th, 2018


The Black Women’s Congressional Alliance looks to promote diverse voices to work in the staff offices of Congress – even against the odds. From wage …

‘It’s cruel’: Janet Napolitano on Trump’s 'zero tolerance' policy

June 20th, 2018


Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is calling President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant families at the border “cruel” …

‘Tell everybody’: Alisyn Camerota’s advice for women dealing with harassment

June 13th, 2018


Former Fox News anchor Alisyn Camerota recounts her time under Roger Ailes’ rule and offers thoughts about the current #MeToo moment. Camerota – now …

BONUS: Turning down Kanye, and other times former BET exec Debra Lee said "no"

June 9th, 2018


We're bringing you a bonus special episode from our Women Rule summit in Los Angeles, where POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown sat down with former …

'Ask any question – as long as you ask it respectfully'

June 6th, 2018


Margaret Brennan, the moderator of CBS' "Face the Nation," is only the second female anchor in the show's lengthy history, and she's taken over after a massive shakeup at CBS. Here's her take on the #MeToo movement, how …

The 'scary' enthusiasm of Christina Tosi

May 30th, 2018


Pastry chef and Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi brings an intensity to her work that's hard to match - and even as her dessert empire grows, she has …

‘You’re so beautiful. Men must not know what to do with you.'

May 23rd, 2018


Sally Kohn, an author and former Fox News political commentator, opens up to Women Rule about her last interaction with Roger Ailes, how she stumbled …

Universal Standard founders Polina Veksler and Alex Waldman

May 16th, 2018


Polina Veksler and Alex Waldman, the founders of the plus-size clothing brand Universal Standard, discuss how women face more than just a gender wage …

S'well founder Sarah Kauss

May 9th, 2018


Sarah Kauss, founder of the water bottle company, discusses how S'well got its name, how she grew her company to be a worldwide brand, and how she learned to ask for help along the way.

‘News has a stigma’: theSkimm's path around the old guard

May 2nd, 2018


TheSkimm founders’ key to success meant ditching the ways of traditional media and embracing an audience-driven strategy. Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin discuss how they started their company from a couch, weigh the …

'Like vigilantes on the rampage': One top donor's beef with Democrats' response to #MeToo

April 25th, 2018


Susie Tompkins Buell, a prominent Democratic donor, isn’t happy with how Democrats have handled sexual misconduct allegations within their own party.

Buell, the founder of the Esprit clothing company, is widely known …

Bank of America’s Anne Finucane performs best in a crisis

April 18th, 2018


Women Rule talks to one of the most powerful women in financial services: Bank of America’s vice chairwoman, Anne Finucane. She’s most responsible …

Kara Swisher’s problem with men in tech

April 10th, 2018


As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads to Congress, one dogged tech reporter has some advice for Capitol Hill and the reporters who cover it: Take off …

An 'extremely stressful' Washington: Margaret Spellings weighs in on Trump

April 4th, 2018


Margaret Spellings, President George W. Bush’s former education secretary, muses on the state of the cabinet under the current Republican White House and offers some praise for Betsy DeVos. Spellings also reflects back …

Why this Democratic senator is defending the Second Amendment

March 28th, 2018


Just days after an emotional, nationwide movement demanding stricter gun control laws, North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp launched a staunch …

The woman behind the GOP's fundraising juggernaut

March 21st, 2018


Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, is smashing fundraising records. In the latest Women Rule episode, she …

How Kay Coles James sees conservatives in the Trump era

March 14th, 2018


Kay Coles James is the new president of the Heritage Foundation, America's largest and arguably most influential conservative think thank. Her role …

SXSW Bonus: Wendy Davis on Texas Dems, Planned Parenthood, and what's next

March 12th, 2018


Women Rule heads to Austin for SXSW, where host Anna Palmer speaks with Wendy Davis about what Democrats are doing in Texas, lessons she learned from …

Tina Smith replaced Al Franken. Now she tries to turn the page.

March 7th, 2018


Sen. Tina Smith doesn’t want to talk about Al Franken.

When asked about her Democratic predecessor, who resigned the Minnesota seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct, she avoided even saying his name in this Women …

Is Uber bad for women? Rachel Holt doesn't think so

February 28th, 2018


Rachel Holt, vice president at Uber and general manager of the company’s U.S. and Washington operations, spoke with Women Rule about the new …

Anna Deavere Smith: 'I don’t care about the glass ceiling anymore'

February 21st, 2018


Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, best known for her role as Dr. Nancy McNally on "The West Wing," has a new film focusing on incarceration …

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: "I can’t technically take maternity leave"

February 14th, 2018


Sen. Tammy Duckworth has a problem: How can a senator who needs to vote take time off to care for her newborn?

The Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran, who is expecting her second child this spring, will be the …

Meghan McCain believes Trump won't mock her father again

February 7th, 2018


Meghan McCain is not her father.

For one, she’s a daytime talk show host on ABC's "The View." And her father is Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a one-time presidential candidate and perennial thorn in Donald …

Martha Raddatz on being "extra careful" in the age of Trump

January 31st, 2018


After several widely publicized mistakes by news outlets in reporting on President Donald Trump and his administration, Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week,” is …

BONUS: What Trump speechwriters can learn from history

January 29th, 2018


As Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address on the heels of reports he had an affair with adult film actress Stormy …

An affair with Trump? Nikki Haley on ‘disgusting’ rumors, her rise to top foreign policy role

January 26th, 2018


The former anti-Trump governor became one of the president’s favorite officials, giving her rare standing on the global stage. The U.N. ambassador …

Stephanie Schriock wants EMILY’s List out of business

January 24th, 2018


As Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List puts it: "Someday, EMILY’s List will not be needed...because there will be women running in every …

Maria Trabocchi’s secrets on how to treat Washington VIPs

January 17th, 2018


Maria Trabocchi has built a Washington restaurant brand on hospitality and Italian fine dining — and for years, Sfoglina, Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa …

Gretchen Carlson: "Stop being so damn nice"

January 10th, 2018


Before the viral hashtag #MeToo, before the revelations against Harvey Weinstein and other media giants… there was Gretchen Carlson.

Back in 2016, Carlson filed a landmark lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, …

Women Rule POLITICO: Covering the Trump White House

December 20th, 2017


Are women the survivors in Trump’s White House? What goes on behind the scenes when reporting on the presidency? POLITICO White House reporters Nancy Cook and Annie Karni sit down with Carrie Budoff Brown for the final …

"Me Too" stories from Washington

December 13th, 2017


Last week, POLITICO hosted its fifth annual Women Rule summit, where we had several frank discussions about sexual harassment and assault. In this …

Chef Amy Brandwein: It’s “really challenging” supervising all men

December 6th, 2017


It’s not easy being the lone woman at the top of the food chain, especially in all-male kitchens. But powerhouse chef and restaurateur Amy Brandwein …

Women Rule POLITICO: Where are all the female farmers?

November 29th, 2017


What happens when the agriculture industry stays male-dominated? Will first lady Melania Trump continue Michelle Obama's legacy on healthy eating? In …

Glamour's Cindi Leive talks Biden’s apology to Anita Hill

November 22nd, 2017


Cindi Leive’s 16th and final year at the helm of Glamour has been consumed with discussion of sexual misconduct, but she says the discussion would …

Women Rule POLITICO: Is net neutrality a “woman’s issue”?

November 15th, 2017


How does the net neutrality debate affect women? What are social media giants doing to combat the spread of fake news and harassment on their …

The Reluctant Pioneer: Border Patrol's first female chief

November 14th, 2017


As Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost tells it, there is “no difference between female agents, male agents -- we’re all Border Patrol agents.” In this …

The women behind the 2016 candidates: One year later

November 8th, 2017


On the first anniversary of the 2016 election, we spoke to female political operatives from the Clinton, Cruz, Rubio, Sanders and Trump campaigns to …

Bonus: Sexism on America’s front lines

November 6th, 2017


Susan Glasser, host of the Global POLITICO podcast, takes over the Women Rule feed for this important episode. Six women with careers in national …

Women Rule POLITICO: The editors behind the magazine

November 1st, 2017


Will we ever have a female president? The latest edition of POLITICO's magazine tackles that question - and a lot more. POLITICO magazine editors Margaret Slattery and Elizabeth Ralph sit down with Carrie Budoff Brown …

Shaheen on sexual assault: 'We need men to speak up'

October 25th, 2017


After the sexual harassment allegations leveled at Harvey Weinstein, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling for legislative remedies – and a …

SoulCycle CEO tries to keep politics out of the studio

October 10th, 2017


Fitness mogul Melanie Whelan puts her spin on leadership, politics, and why women rule in the fitness space. Whelan also teases a possible expansion …

Nazanin Boniadi on Trump's tough Iran talk and human rights

September 27th, 2017


Iranian-born actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi, who was protesting at the United Nations last week while Trump denounced the nuclear deal in an address to the General Assembly, said that the focus on the nuclear deal …

What Democrats can do to save Dreamers

September 12th, 2017


Obama’s immigration architect, Cecilia Muñoz, advises lawmakers in her party to forget broader immigration reform and ‘stay focused on the DREAM Act.’ In the latest episode, Muñoz recalls the lengthy West Wing …

How the White House battles the opioid crisis

August 29th, 2017


In early August, President Donald Trump vowed to formally dub the U.S. opioid crisis a “national emergency.” But nearly a month later, the president …

The refugees who became ambassadors: Life after genocide

August 15th, 2017


On this episode of "Women Rule," two ambassadors to the U.S., Vlora Çitaku from Kosovo and Mathilde Mukantabana from Rwanda, tell their deeply …

A former Navy SEAL promises a fight against Trump's transgender ban

August 1st, 2017


After President Trump took to Twitter last week to announce a ban on transgender military personnel, one former Navy SEAL lobs a warning at the White House: “You just smacked the hornet’s nest with a baseball bat." In …

Female mayors take issue with "women's issues"

July 18th, 2017


The mayors of Baltimore, Charlotte and Salt Lake City wrestle with some of the most contentious issues dominating national policy conversations, …

What's next for Mindy Finn?

July 4th, 2017


In the wake of the 2016 election, former vice presidential candidate and long-time Republican digital strategist Mindy Finn may be leaving the GOP –- …

Re-imagining ‘Girls’ in the Trump era, feat. Allison Williams

June 20th, 2017


Actress Allison Williams says she doesn’t like to get political – a feature, she claims, of being the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams. But …

Bonus episode: What it will take for women to win

June 13th, 2017


Women are more politically mobilized than ever before, but that hasn't been enough to get them into office. With women stalled at 20 percent of …

Bonus episode: Why isn’t the GOP electing more women?

June 11th, 2017


While the GOP swept into control of both chambers on Capitol Hill, the number of Republican women in Congress actually decreased in the last …

"I didn't fail," featuring Carly Fiorina

June 6th, 2017


With President Trump confronting multiple Russia investigations, a stalled legislative agenda, and tense relationships with foreign allies, Carly …

A "history-making" FBI chief? Featuring Fran Townsend, Candi Wolff, Julie Cram

May 23rd, 2017


The FBI has never had a female director. But Fran Townsend, the former homeland security adviser for President George W. Bush, could change that. She …

“We should be mandating diversity,” featuring Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

May 9th, 2017


Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada made history last year when she was elected the first Latina member of the U.S. Senate. She’s now working to become less of a novelty. The Nevada senator talks with Women …

Bonus episode: “I have a right to take up space,” featuring Sophia Bush

May 8th, 2017


In a special episode of "Women Rule," POLITICO's “Off Message” podcast takes over the feed with an interview featuring actress and political activist …

Hollywood's 2020 wish list, featuring Tony Goldwyn, Jaime King, and Adrienne Elrod

April 25th, 2017


Hollywood stars who went all-in for Hillary Clinton say the next woman who tries to shatter that highest glass ceiling needs something that Clinton …

Giving Ivanka Trump "the benefit of the doubt," featuring Tina Tchen

April 18th, 2017


Tina Tchen, the former assistant to President Barack Obama and former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, weighs in on Ivanka Trump, discusses her personal experience as a working single mother, and reflects on how the …

"Men don’t prepare that much, so why do we have to?" featuring Elaine Chao

April 11th, 2017


Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao discusses the preparation gap, explores how her experiences as an immigrant have helped shape her long career in Washington, and weighs in on the number of women in President Donald …

“None of us got here by being namby-pamby” featuring Sen. Mazie Hirono

March 29th, 2017


Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii discusses the challenges of running for office and offers insight into the battles she’s fighting in the U.S. Senate. Hirono also opens up about her experience being the …

"I had to speak out" featuring Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Deb Fischer

March 6th, 2017


On the first episode of the Women Rule podcast, Sen. Deb Fischer discusses working with Ivanka Trump to get family leave legislation and Valerie …

Coming soon: Women Rule with Carrie Budoff Brown

March 1st, 2017


Whatever else can be said for the 2016 election, the highest glass ceiling was not broken and the number of women in the U.S. Congress stalled at a mere one-fifth of its members. Every month POLITICO Editor Carrie …

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