In The Counselors, some of this country’s most interesting history-making women take time to share their stories about pain and triumph—as though they were chatting with you over a cup of coffee—with the hope that that their experience might help you along your way. In his foreword to The Counselors, President Bill Clinton writes, “The accomplishments of the women in The Counselors are a testament to the power and promise of the American Dream and are sure to resonate deeply with many young women who have the desire and ability to make their own unique contributions to this legacy of progress.”
Janet Reno shares that she grew up in a log cabin in the Everglades, and her mother wrestled with alligators. Pat Schroeder talks about serving in the U.S. Congress and running for president. Sandra Day O’Connor tells us about her zigzag path to the Supreme Court, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg discusses gender discrimination. The women leaders profiled are recipients of the Margaret Brent Award, which was founded by Hillary Rodham Clinton. She established it when she served as Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, in order to recognize trail-blazing women.