Throughout her life, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has often been the only woman in the room. In 1993, she became the youngest provost ever appointed at Stanford University in addition to being the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position.
Then, when George W. Bush was elected president, she became the first woman to serve as national security advisor, and during his second term, she added secretary of state to her resume.
As a powerful woman who has worked in male-dominated fields, Rice has unique insight into the current male-female dynamic being discussed.
During an interview with CNN's David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” she explained that while she's had her share of uncomfortable encounters, it was never anything that would amount to assault. She said:
“I've certainly had people suggest that maybe we should just go out — and you know — and situations in which it was somebody more senior than I ... But I don't know a woman alive who hasn't had somebody say or do something that was inappropriate at best and aggressive at worst.”
Rice lauded the #MeToo movement to “expose these circumstances” as a “good thing,” but she cautioned about the effects it could potentially have on women.
“What I really don't want to happen is I don't want it to get to a place that men start to think, 'Well, maybe it's just better not to have women around,'” she explained. “I've heard a little bit of that, and it worries me.”
The former secretary of state also called for the movement to “not turn women into snowflakes” or “infantilize” them.
As a woman who has been in the political public eye, Rice advised Oprah Winfrey to “be sure” that she wants to be a politician, because as a presidential candidate, you're put through a “brutal process.”