Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Replacement For Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Christine Legarde Lived Her Adolesent Years In The Washington Metropolitan Area


She was once the French Finance Minister and yet she actually has local ties to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It appears that she spent some of her high school experience at Bethesda's Holton Arms. Now that may have been some time ago for the 55 year old divorced mother of two but clearly her time stateside influenced her perspectives significantly.

Her countrymen have been known to refer to her as "the American" as she embraces an American Puritan workaholic approach as opposed to one which is more similar to the French work ethic/culture. Other aspects of her experience that makes her not so typically French includes her friendship with once Chicago Mayor Richard Daley or her being the first female chairman of the U.S. law firm Baker & McKenzie. Recently she even was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart and it turns out she has quite a sense of humor as she was also on the show back in 2009.

Christine Lagarde replaces former Managing Director, IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. She was appointed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Cabinet in 2007 and her unique female perspective is not something she shys away from. "I think we inject less libido" is one of her comments that she shared when reflecting on the role of women in finance, "And less testosterone into the equation.... it helps in the sense that we don't necessarily project our ego into cutting a deal" Ms. Lagarde once told Chistiane Amanpour during an interview.

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