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June 21, 2002
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Laura Miller
Mayor of Dallas

After 20 years working as a newspaper reporter, I ran for the Dallas City Council in 1998. Immediately after announcing my intention to run, I got a call from a TV reporter I’d known for years who said my opponent was having a news conference that afternoon to release “bombshell” information about me that would derail my City Council bid. I will always remember that day as the day I went from being the hunter to the hunted. (By the way, there was a news conference—just no bombshell).

My election to the council in 1998 marked the first time in the history of the city that there was a female majority on the council. My hope would be that all cities—not just the nation’s largest—would exhibit this kind of inclusion. Women make for great politicians.

My best advice to women is to forget you’re a woman. I have never given a thought to my gender, and it has served me well. Voters want honesty, integrity and hard work—they don’t care if they get it from a man or a woman.

Women can hold leadership positions by simply running for leadership roles. But I find that the key to winning a leadership role is having strong convictions and an easily articulated reason to want to be a leader. Having goals and expressing them well, in as much detail as possible, is what people like to see in their leaders.

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