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Marie C. Wilson
Wilson took Blake and Brody's enthusiasm and ran with it—agreeing to expand the White House Project's political training to a leadership program in various fields. Wilson had launched the White House Project 10 years earlier, when she was president of the Ms. Foundation for Women. "I have never known anything about any field I entered," she says with amusement. "I was a philosophy major in college!" A mother of five children, one of them with special needs, she says there's still a deep ambivalence in the world—and inside women—about ambition. "It's not that women can't dance; it's that women are waiting to be asked," she says. Wilson insists that we must encourage one another to take the lead. "Within the next 24 hours," she says, "you should call up a friend and say, 'Have you thought about becoming a leader in your community or running for...?'"