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    It really felt like a tidal wave of bias washed over our country and we're still soaked in it.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I don't have the advocates. I don't have a good old boys network. Part of what I want to do is to create a good old girls network.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: girls  boys 
     
    My peers are all in sensitive jobs - at the C.I.A., the National Security Council, working for the Department of Defense. They can't stand up for me in public.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: job 
     
    If I'm strong, I'm not going to apologize for being strong.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: strong 
     
    As a feminist, I'll wear whatever I want to.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I was a Ph.D. student at a very reputable university, I was a Harvard research associate at one of the world's premier leadership institutions.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I also feel like I've done plenty of wrong things. I'm not innocent here, and I'm certainly not going to be righteous about that.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: wrong 
     
    I had been working on a second book with [David] Petraeus called Relentless. Obviously that book and the income that it would have generated went away.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: book 
     
    I had been sort of a rising star - an athlete, a scholar, a leader. My dream was to become a high-level national security adviser.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: star  leader  dreams 
     
    As an intelligence officer, if you don't have a security clearance, you really don't have a job. My military position was, and has been, frozen, for four years.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I think the public doesn't understand that one of the reasons I haven't stood up for myself is because in order to do that, I have to stoop to a level that further humiliates other people.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: people 
     
    I was an academic and I lost my assignment at Harvard. Meanwhile, [David Petraeus] gets invited to Harvard to become a fellow.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: lost 
     
    I haven't had senators advocating for me.
    — Paula Broadwell
    It's the fact that you can reduce my whole life to one word, whatever it is, my entire career, my service to my country, my academic rigor, my courage in going to interview terrorists, and refugee camps, and third-world prisons.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I just figured, for the most part, mainstream networks stopped using [mistress word]. Those are small brush fires. The election made me realize we've got forest fires that we collectively need to be focused on.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: fire 
     
    The story is framed around [avid Petraeus] resignation. So many headlines that followed talked about his ruined career. They completely ignore the fact that my career was ruined, other peoples' careers were ruined. They focus on him as the victim.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: focus  career  facts  stories  victim 
     
    When I fell, some people were in such shock that they didn't reach out. They were so mad at me, rather than having compassion for what happened. I lost a lot of friends.
    — Paula Broadwell
    We had to communicate through our lawyers a couple of times over the years, and [David Petraeus] told me that people have been like, "Good job, Dave." Congratulating him. That's the double standard. I've concluded that sharing it won't change anything.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: time  people  sharing  job  standard  year 
     
    While I fully recognize I had made a mistake in the whole relationship, and I'll call it a human error, I hesitate to call myself a victim because I strongly believe one should take responsibility for their actions.
    — Paula Broadwell
    My husband and I each had careers and two babies at home. They just demand everything from you. All the domestic duties fell to me and this resentment builds, as I think happens to a lot of young parents who have competing careers.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: young  career  parent 
     
    I was in such a state of mental shock and quickly spiraled into a depression at the multitude of loss. My husband, I thought, was going to leave me. I was cut off from this mentor and someone I cared for very much, David Petraeus, who also did nothing to stand up for me and in fact, empowered his surrogates to throw me under the bus, and that was devastating.
    — Paula Broadwell
    Having a bunch of medals and badges doesn't necessarily mean you've achieved anything, you've got to do something beyond yourself to make a difference in life. Seek to be consequential in whatever you do.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I'm not in love with David Petraeus. But I think he does present a terrific role model.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: present 
     
    We have to raise our young boys to respect women and our young girls to demand respect and to get their values from something other than their physicality.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: women  young  respect  value  girls  boys 
     
    It's reducing my entire professional career and background to this one word [mistress].
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: career 
     
    I want to serve. I love my country. I love service above self and I don't want my talents to go to waste. I also want to send a message to other men and women who've tripped over themselves, or over life: that you need to serve your time in purgatory.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: time  men  women  self  talent  service 
     
    If Ivanka Trump called, I think good people need to serve.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: people 
     
    [Fighting for equality for women] that's what my mission has been for the last years.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: equality  year 
     
    I'm 100 percent serious. I've been fighting for equality for women's issues my entire life, in the military included.
    — Paula Broadwell
    When I get this kind of support, I feel validated in my decision to stand up for myself.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: decision 
     
    I've moved on with my life and I'm trying to find a path to re-establish my career.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: career  path 
     
    It's part of the reason I decided to speak out now. This was the tipping point for me. If it's O.K. for [David Petraeus ] to campaign for a job in the administration, then I'm going to campaign to get back out there, too.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: job 
     
    I just genuinely believe in the concept of redemption and renewal, so I was happy. When I get beyond my feelings, I had my own family and friends and so many women across America come to me and say their blood was boiling, asking me how this could happen.
    — Paula Broadwell
    I'm really happy for [David Petraeus]. He's exceptionally talented.
    — Paula Broadwell
    [My kids] were very young at the time and didn't realize what was going on. We told them that mom made a mistake and people want to talk about it in the news so they're outside our house.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: time  people  young  mistakes 
     
    A lot of women were betting on me because there were so few role models and I let them down. They had put me on a pedestal. I maybe enjoyed being in that limelight, but I couldn't reverse what I had done.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: women 
     
    The word is a label and I don't like it at all.
    — Paula Broadwell
    You need to accept responsibility for your mistakes. And I've done that.
    — Paula Broadwell
    You can reclaim your own narrative.
    — Paula Broadwell
    The national media don't know me. They know the caricature that was created of me by journalists who were frankly jealous of my access. And it was a very negative caricature. There's this propensity for blaming a woman. It comes down to implicit bias. There are so many studies that show this.
    — Paula Broadwell
    tags: women  media 
     
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