Need a Confidence Boost? Just Look at Hillary Clinton’s Face
11:15 am, June 21st | by Grace Rasmus
Anyone who watches Parks and Recreation knows that Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope is one driven lady. Although her unyielding passion for politics frequently crosses over into the realm of ridiculousness, we could all learn something from her about being confident in the workplace. Knope keeps a framed photo of her role model Hillary Clinton on her desk, drawing inspiration and motivation from Hill-Dog’s unwavering gaze. (But being under Hillary’s watchful eye isn’t always a good thing, even for Knope: she once had to turn the portrait in shame when she committed the ultimate crime of breaking Pawnee’s gift basket policy.)
According to a new study, apparently all women should keep a photo of Hillary Clinton handy, because simply looking at her face will improve our public speaking skills.
In the study, individual men and women from a Swiss university were asked to give a speech in front of six strangers. On the back wall that faced the speaker there either hung a picture of Bill or Hillary Clinton, or nothing at all. Overall, the men had longer speeches and were judged as better public speakers than the women were — unless the woman was looking at Hillary. The women in the Hillary group totally bested all the men with regards to the length of their speeches, overall confidence, and how articulately they conveyed their ideas.
“Female political role models can inspire women and help them cope with stressful situations that they encounter in their careers, such as public speaking,” the authors of the study wrote. “A lack of female powerful role models leads to a vicious circle, because if women fail to take leadership positions, they also fail to provide role models for junior women to follow.”
The authors also recommend that “active steps should be taken in order to increase the number of women in leadership positions, which would consequently increase their visibility and empower other women on their path to leadership.”
All the more reason to set this as my new iPhone background!