An interview with Actress Jodie Foster from Women.com
Women.com: Back to the topic of leadership, what else can we be doing
to promote leadership in women?
Foster: Well, I have this really outdated philosophy about success in a
corporate structure, and you're going to think I'm really romantic and a fool,
but here it goes. I think that if you are moral and you're right and you have
the right ethics, that eventually somewhere down the line you're going to end up
In our business, anyway, you're always going up and down, and at some point
you're going to find yourself down. You're going to need somebody to say,
"Hey, I remember you. You're the one that treated me right, and I'm going
to lend a hand out to you ..." It's your responsibility to conduct yourself
ethically throughout the process — always ethics first — so that somewhere
down the line, somebody's going to let you live up to your own potential.
Women.com: Do you live your life that way as well?
Foster: Yeah, I really do. I mean, I think I try to be the best person I
can. Lord knows I make big mistakes. I make big mistakes all the time. But I try
to be as honest and direct as I can.
A conversation with Jodie Foster about being a single
mom in the glare of celebrity, By Tamar Laddy, Women.com, May 2000.
As a pastor, a husband and a father, I have a dread of burying someone else's talents, particularly those bestowed on
women. Accordingly, I have tried to scrutinize my views, the place of tradition, the thrust of theology and the force of my
prejudices. Repeatedly, I have come back to this fact: If the Lord has given gifts, I had better be careful about denying
freedom for their exercise. More than that, I need to ensure that the women in my life have every encouragement from me to be
what He called and gifted them to be. A major part of my life must be spent as a man caring for, nurturing, encouraging and
developing gifted women because they aren't the only ones who will give account for their stewardship. As a man in a male-oriented church, I may one day be asked about their gifts, too.
I would like to be able to say I did considerably more than burying. A talent is a terrible thing to waste.
Five major needs of women: 1) Affection, 2) Conversation, 3) Honesty and openness, 4) Financial support, 5) Family commitment.
Five major needs of men: 1) Sexual fulfillment, 2) Recreational companionship, 3) An attractive spouse, 4) Domestic support, 5)
C. Swindoll, His Needs, Her Needs, The Grace
Awakening, Word, 1990, p. 256.
Because a woman's vocal cords are shorter than a man's she can actually speak with less effort than he can. Shorter vocal cords
not only cause a woman's voice to be more highly pitched, but also require less air to become agitated, making it possible for
her to talk more with less energy expended.
Homemade, December 1984.
John Cheever was asked if he would describe life with his wife, Mary. "She has displayed an extraordinary amount of patience,"
he answered. He paused, then continued, "Women are an inspiration. It's because of them we put on clean shirts and
wash our necks. Because of women, we want to excel. Because of a woman, Christopher Columbus discovered America."
"Queen Isabella," Mary Cheever murmured.
"I was thinking of Mrs. Columbus," He said, deadpan.
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Gloria Steinem in Ms.
Today's young women are more likely to become depressed than their mothers were and at a younger age. Reasons: increased
economic pressure to contribute to family income...changing role in society...inability to meet their own expectations...a sense
of having lost control.
Dr. Gerald Klerwan, in Homemade, December 1986.