Clarifying and Elevating the Surface Level Quick Read

On Friday I visited the print shop to pick out paper and double check turn around time. I need to double check with Chrissi, but I feel confident about my choice of a semigloss/satin bright white paper that will add legitimacy and sleekness to my handmade data visualizations and match the strong tone of the topic I am talking about with my book.

I took a break from making data visualizations today to browse back through my content sources Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World by Time Magazine, Women in Comedy and Solo Performance, and Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark.

I pulled a few quotes that I thought summarized big picture points of my book that I was having trouble conveying. I am going to experiment with putting these quotes towards the middle and end of my book, and even on the back cover to elevate the clarity of the surface level quick read.


Before I became Secretary of State, when I was teaching at Georgetown University, I always told my female students to be prepared to speak and to interrupt when necessary. When I walked into my first meeting of the United Nations Security Council, there were 15 seats and 14 men—all looking at me. - Madeline Albright

I sometimes see the glass ceiling in the number of women who get nominated for recognition. Men seem much more likely to be recognized than women, even if they are working on a team with a woman. So we have to say, Really? Is it because women contributed so little? There’s plenty of evidence against that. When somebody like me can be visible as a Nobel laureate, it says, Look, there is such a possibility. There are only eight living women who have Nobel Prizes in the sciences, and I think we ought to be seen. If you’re a young scientist and the Nobel laureates all look the same, you kind of get the sense that, Well, that’s not something I can see myself as. Being visible is important. - Elizabeth Blackburn Blackburn

But I think it also must happen in classrooms, starting at a young age. We know that oftentimes girls are not as encouraged, or aren’t confident enough to raise their hands and speak out. We know that girls as young as 6 believe that boys are smarter. We know that as young girls become young women, pressures increase about how they look and how they dress and how they behave. All of that can be very disorienting and lay the groundwork for the kind of cultural mistreatment of women that is all too acceptable. - Hillary Clinton

These cultural barriers have persisted even though we’ve knocked down legal barriers.
- Hillary Clinton

We’ve got to get to a point in our society where you expect excellence and you deliver excellence, but women should not be judged by a different set of standards about how they produce their work and how it’s judged. - Hillary Clinton