Talking Women's Ambition as the President Smacks His Gums During the State of the Union Address / by Claudia Savage

 Robin Romm

Robin Romm

In our conversation with Robin Romm we discuss (as the antidote to Trump's State of the Union address): What does it mean for women to be ambitious? How is this idea different between men and women? As artists, what do we really have to complain about? Who are the gatekeepers? What is success? What is failure? Can you actually nurse twins while writing your novel? We tackle the hard stuff and leave nothing for the President. 

 Robin and Family

Robin and Family

"Ambition is about identity and things you want to master in the world. We want our daughters to live at the edge of their ability--intellectual and artistic--to be able to see what is there if they try really hard and make the most of their gifts."

"There is such a narrow road that women have to walk. You have to be beautiful and smile and look selfless and play your cards perfectly every time, which is not the same for [ambitious] men." 

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 Robin, partner Don, and daughter Sylvie

Robin, partner Don, and daughter Sylvie

"Twins are crazy town! You are not working on your laptop while they just happen to stick on your boobs."

Topics talked about during the podcast:

Pam Houston

Ayana Mathis

Dr. Yael Schonbrun

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

Jesmyn Ward

 Robin's writing space

Robin's writing space

 More of Robin's writing space

More of Robin's writing space