Pat's Open Road
Law School (1:02)
The Ultimate Treehouse (1:00)
Why Not Try It? (1:38)
Public Television: Season 3
Association of American Publishers
being a woman, election, frustration, generation, generations, Harvard, health, law school, Richard Nixon, safety, security, the White House, traditions, women
- She was one of fifteen women in her Harvard graduating class of more than five hundred.
- She used to look around at her peers-who were all obsessed with planning their future careers-and worry that she was a "lagger."
- Her husband was part of a committee trying to find a representative to replace Richard Nixon when he ran for president.
- He told her, "you probably won't win, but you can talk about the issues"; she had a brief time to decide, but she chose to seize the opportunity.
- Ended up winning the spot and became the first female elected to Congress from Colorado.
- Countless reporters asked her, "How can you be Congresswoman and a mother?" so she replied, "I got a brain, I got a uterus, and they both work."
- She ended up holding her seat for 24 years, and even took a few stabs at running for president, before moving into publishing.
- Worries that current generations are too concerned with security to try bold new things, so she urges road-trippers to try everything.