Top 10 Words of Wisdom from “Coach Barb”
We recently blogged about Senator Barbara Mikulski’s decision to step down in 2017, an announcement she delivered in her trademark style — poignant, purposeful, and putting others first. While small in stature, the 4′ 11” powerhouse has never failed to make a big impact with her words. Here are some of our favorite quotes by a woman who always spoke her mind and stood up for herself, for women, and all America.
- “Listen to people. Treat them with respect. Help them out when you can. They’re your neighbors and we are all in this together. That’s what I learned delivering groceries in a little red wagon as a girl.
It applies in the Senate.” Tweet
- “The women of the Senate are like the U.S. Olympic team: we come in different sizes, but we sure are united in our determination to do the best for our country!” Tweet
- “I might be short, but I won’t be overlooked.” Tweet
- “The gym was for guys only. Like having a cigar in the library, it was the last bastion for them, I guess. But that was okay; I spent the time getting worked up instead of working out.” Tweet
- “I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right. I was the first, but I made sure I wasn’t the only.” Tweet
- “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.” Tweet
- “I don’t want women and their families to be left out and left behind. We can fight for them. We will fight for them. They deserve better and I want to give them better.” Tweet
- “Before, we used to have lunch together — Democrats and Republicans… Now…we work at having each other for lunch.” Tweet
- “Now I’ll tell you what I’m tired of hearing, that somehow or another we’re too emotional when we talk. Well, I’m emotional. I’m so emotional; I’m going to press on. It brings tears to my eyes to know how women every single day are working so hard and are getting paid less. Then when I hear all of these phony reasons — some are mean and some are meaningless — I do get emotional. I get angry, I get outraged, I get volcanic.” Tweet
- “I have thought long and hard about the next two years, and I had to ask myself this question: ‘Who am I campaigning for? Am I campaigning for me? Or am I campaigning for my constituents?’ I had to decide how to spend my time: fighting for my job, or fighting for their job. Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell? Do I focus on my election, or do I focus on the next generation?” Tweet
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