Nov 12, 2019
Patricia Russo is a powerful and
charismatic badass living her truth and helping women gain the
confidence to live big and gain experience in leadership positions.
Patricia has held leadership positions centered on women’s rights
for over 30 years, including her current role as the Executive
Director at the Women’s Campaign School At Yale University. She
tells us more about this impressive training program, how she went
from wanting to be a nun to a life in politics, and the gratitude
she has for strong women mentors such as Bella Abzug for showing
her the path to badassery in politics.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
actually did want to be a nun! She grew up in New Jersey, was very
active in the church and loved the pageantry of the experience. As
a nun in training, she fell from grace (also her mother’s name)
when she fell for the boy next door.
in college, she was a Political Science major at George Washington
University and put together a list of female members of Congress
she wanted to work for. Despite her witnessing her resume get
thrown in the trash and the frenetic pace of politics, she followed
an opportunity and ended up working with leading feminist, social
activist and leader Bella Abzug.
saw firsthand how Bella was the original badass and paved the way
for the rest of us along with her other Congressional Pioneer women
women leaders help to elevate others and help us realize it’s more
about passion and commitment than it is about being liked. The
sky's the limit when you build truly connected relationships and
stay committed to your vision.
Women’s Campaign School at Yale creates candidates from the inside
out, giving them confidence and a clear sense of self. It also
helps them become aware of the gender bias that commonly keeps
women playing small, and worried about offending or off-putting
Women’s Campaign School went from having a median age of 40-45
predominantly white, to ages 29-30 with a majority of women of
color as well as 8-10% international students.
- Badasses challenge the status quo, which is
definitely what it takes to enter into politics.
- A Key
component of the Women’s Campaign School’s success is the mentoring
component and support from the network.
everyone will be a member of your love tribe, and that’s
I’m in a meeting and I’m the only woman in the room, something is
- “Bella inspired all of us to know we could do
whatever we wanted and that the sky isn't the limit.”
just have to be yourself in the way you want to be present and seen
in the world.”
be a badass, you need to stay true to who you are, and it’s not
- “Having a sense of humor about yourself comes
in very handy.”
Nuns on the Bus
Women’s Campaign School at
Republican Women for