Would the world be a different place if women were in charge, not men? That's the question Dee Dee Myers has posed in her book Why Women Should Rule the World.
As the keynote speaker for KeyBank's annual Key4Women forum, Myers explained her ideas to a capacity audience at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Spa State Park on Tuesday, June 10.
Myers entered the public spotlight as the White House Press Secretary during the Clinton administration. Not only was she considered young for the position, she was the first woman. As she explained to the predominantly female audience, that job put her in a position to experience firsthand the way gender shapes the world.
For starters, though Myers was given the title of press secretary, it was chiefly conferred to ease pressure on Clinton to appoint women and minorities to high posts in his administration.
"They gave me the title of press secretary and a lot of the responsibility of press secretary, but with a smaller office, less salary and less authority," said Myers.
According to Myers, the fact women are often given responsibility without the appropriate authority sets many up for failure. Because she wasn't given all the facts a press secretary should have, Myers said she was unable to avoid some pitfalls when dealing with a voracious press corps.
After leaving the White House and serving as a consultant at the hit NBC drama, "The West Wing," Myers ruminated on her experiences in politics -- undeniably a male-dominated world.
The result of more than a year of research was "Why Women Should Rule the World."
Her message is not as black and white as the title might insinuate " she described the heading as "a little bit tongue in cheek."
"I don't argue that women should replace men, just that they should rule alongside them," said Myers.