Tamara Darvish
Business executive

Tamara Darvish

Vice president of Darcars Automotive Group and chairwoman of the board of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association.

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It's not about Hillary

Q: The number of women ambassadors to the U.S. has grown dramatically in recent years -- a phenomenon that some attribute to female U.S. Secretaries of State, particularly Hillary Clinton. How important are trailblazers to the sucess of others? And if they are important, why didn't an earlier generation of women leaders like Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher lead to a surge of women in positions of political power?

I don't think the so-called "Hillary Effect" has anything to do with the increase of women in these postions.

There have been many female trailblazers who not only gave the encouragement for other women to follow, but their strength and tenacity laid the foundation for such positions to become more of a "norm" than a phenomenon.

Hillary Clinton is a strong, hard working, very devoted woman. But she is only one of thousands around the world, many of whom had to overcome far more difficult challenges to make the difference they have made in their own worlds.

By Tamara Darvish  |  January 18, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  | Category:  women Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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