KT McFarland on Breaking Barriers and Working for Henry Kissinger

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Minute, for someone that young, you're growing and you're learning at the same time, I have that disease too that I can top rather fast too, but I didn't get to go to work for Kissinger. Talk. I mean, because that was Kissinger's prime time. I mean, that late 60s, early 70s, mid 70s. I mean, how did you, what did you think at that point and now looking back on it, what would you wish you would have asked or what you wish you would have learned? Well, I learned a lot. I don't think there was any. I don't have any regrets, and I remain in touch with Henry Kissinger. And he's been a mentor to me. I did his oral history about ten years ago. He had never done an oral history. So sat with him for dozens of hours going over his career and his negotiating strategies and what he had done and the sort of lessons learned. So I don't have any regrets at this point. So the difference is that for a lot of women, you say, well, people don't have any experience. Yeah, they don't have any experience. But for me, the exciting part was as a woman, you know, in the late 60s, early 70s, women had no rights. Internet right to equal pay, equal opportunity. A woman could go to college and get a degree and she was the secretary to a guy that she had been sitting next to for four years in the classroom. So it was an opportunity for me to be that really the first generation of women, especially women who were going into a field that had been dominated by men and my face national security. And I have real opportunities. And so I watched my daughters, I 5 kids, so two daughters. And I watched them really being able to take advantage of a lot of the things women my generation were kind of struggling with. How do we do this? How do you balance a family? How do you balance a career? And so we kicked open a lot of doors and I'm thrilled to see that my daughters have walked through all of

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