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Power Through Partnership by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Maggie Ellis Chotas, Betsy Polk

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Chapter 1 Why Partnership Works for Women

The story behind our trust in the power of partnership begins with two frizzy-haired high school sophomores who met in English class and united over a class project, a Saturday Night Live take on Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, set to the music of the B-52s. We received an A. The external validation was nice, but best of all, we had a lot of fun bouncing ideas off each other, writing and rewriting, and spending hours thinking creatively together. After high school, we promised ourselves that someday we’d work together for real.

We held on to the idea of partnering even while our professional lives took different paths—Betsy as a consultant working with a range of institutions to bolster communication ...

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