Ever struggled to make yourself heard in a meeting? Ever struggled to *get into* the meeting in the first place?
The women of the White House have some advice for you.
Namely: work together.
In a revealing series of interviews, The Washington Post revealed that when President Barack Obama took office, two-thirds of his top aides were men. As a result, women complained that they often weren’t invited to meetings - and even when they were, their opinions were ignored.
So, female staffers banded together - and every time a woman made a valid point in a meeting, all the other women would make a point of repeating it, and giving credit to its author. This meant there was no way women - or their contribution - could be ignored.
“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” one former Obama aide who requested anonymity told The Washington Post.
Amongst themselves, staffers called this (genius) tactic “amplification”. Others have described it as “shine theory”. Some people might simply say its the sisterhood in action.
We say: we like it.