Friday, May 7, 2010

Female Role Model: Elizabeth Warren

I have recently been reading about Elizabeth Warren--I saw articles on her in Newsweek and in Time--and wow, I was impressed.

This, my friends, is what a female role model looks like. Smart, accomplished, interested in improving the world and in helping other people.  She also professed to not being able to keep her mouth shut--especially when she sees what's wrong (hey--just like me!).

She is not--please pay attention here--a shopping mom without a purpose, consumed with consumerism and with the minutiae of life. No, she is trying to leave the world a better place, and she is using her life to make a serious difference.

So who is Elizabeth Warren? A Harvard professor, and now head of the Congressional Oversight Committee, which tracks how bailout funds are being used.  She works with President Obama, and she is from the Midwest, and she is purported to believe that if you genuinely want to fix the economy, then you need to help the middle class.

Go, Elizabeth Warren!

According to Julia Baird's essay in the 3/22/10 Newsweek ("Voice of the Middle Class: Why Wall Street Hates Elizabeth Warren"), Warren found that "...more than half of all people who declare bankruptcy cite medical reasons."

I could have guessed that, but I'm glad she did the study. I hope more people listen to her. (

Warren went on to find (as Baird noted), "...bankruptcies shot up not because families were consuming excessively but because basic costs--housing, health, education--have soared since the 1970s."

Again, we are women on the same page; I have been thinking about exactly the same issues, and bemoaning the fact that the world--particularly the U.S.--grows increasingly expensive, and if we want to help young people and leave the world a better place, we need to make sure they can afford to live in the world we are leaving them.

Warren was quoted, "That's why I am there, in Washington. Because of my grandchildren."

I like the way she thinks; more people need to think like Elizabeth Warren...or just think about the future generations (rather than simply themselves) at all.


  1. What a great idea to write about Warren. I am glad people are paying attention to her. You are correct that more admirable role models are needed, not just celebrities and celebrisluts!

  2. The latter term is hysterical (and sad). I absolutely want to see young women inspired by worthwhile role models...I know they don't get enough of that.

    Thanks for writing,


  3. Dear Elizabeth,

    What a great idea! I hope you'll post these regularly. I was listening to Peter Buffet a few days ago. His father, Warren Buffet, invested in under-valued goods, and then reaped the rewards. Peter and his wife do the same with their foundation. You know what a community's biggest undervalued asset is? Young, adolescent girls. When you invest in adolescent girls, they grow, and they turn around and improve the community. It happens again, and again, and again. This model is resulting in great improvements for girls and the communities where they live. Your role model is a fine example for these girls. Great job focusing on the positive.

    As for the rest. One day you'll be looking back at all that from the other side, though I know it's difficult now. Stay as positive and well as you can. Don't let them have one more minute of your thought, your time, your creative energy. Seeds germinate in the dark times. Nourish them for the best blossoms, the richest harvest. Thanks for posting this. Hope to see more role models. You are one!

    With great love,

  4. Thanks for your very kind and uplifting note, Diane.

    I agree about the Buffets--very interesting people, good values, and the perfect example of business scions who believe in the greater good (not just themselves).

    I had a Heifer international magazine with a very interesting profile of an Indian woman who is literally transforming lives (she works in communications for Heifer) because she is such a positive role model for the other women around her. I need to find that magazine and see if I can spread the news of what she's done--very inspiring. She is the precise example of a woman who is trying to help her peers.

    Thanks again for your kind thoughts.