We’ve been talking a lot on Morning Joe about the question of whether or not there are enough women at high levels in the White House. The answer of course is no, but I am certain we will get there. It’s only a matter of time. But the narrative of the debate over the president’s many male advisers wasn’t completely accurate–there are so many women of value working in the White House. I intend to use this space to tell their stories. I’m going to tap into my contacts there to find out more about these women and to highlight why the White House simply wouldn’t work without them.
I will talk to each, personally, for just one thing: to ask them to pass it on. Women often advocate for others better than they do for themselves. So I’m going to give each of these incredible women a call and ask them what woman they value and why.
First up? Cecilia Muñoz.
Cecilia Muñoz’s to-do list is so lengthy, it fills a binder. Whether it’s on the priority of the day–strategizing on how to pass sweeping gun control legislation–or preparing comprehensive immigration reforms that will change the way this country lives together and works together, Muñoz is working through that notebook (emblazoned “Cecilia’s Daily Binder”) 24 hours a day. She’s in before the sun comes up and if she leaves the White House in the evening, she’s never without her Blackberry. Her method of work-life balance is to ensure that her two daughters feel as much a part of what she does as possible. I can relate to that. I don’t strive for balance; instead I plow forward. Muñoz puts that concept into fifth gear. Muñoz is, by all accounts, a machine and friends say she simply never stops.