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“Why haven’t we ever had a woman President?” Spurred by this question from my then 8-year-old daughter, I set out to find the answer by interviewing the most influential journalists, activists, politicians and thought leaders of today, such as Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge and Olympia Snowe. Obviously, there is no one simple answer. Though the people I spoke with all contributed their own unique insights and perspectives, some common themes emerged.

1. Don’t present it as a “women’s issue” — it’s a human issue. Getting a woman into the White House needs to be reframed as an essential component of a reflective democracy. This isn’t an issue of equality but of performance. As Nancy Pelosi told me, “To have diversity of opinion in the debate strengthens the outcome and you get a better result.” Sell it as that.

2. Send the right…

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