NPR logo

Sen. Carol Moseley Braun

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7678293/7683755" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Sen. Carol Moseley Braun

Sen. Carol Moseley Braun

Sen. Carol Moseley Braun

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7678293/7683755" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Then-Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun in 2003. i

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun in Chicago, Sept. 12, 2003. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Then-Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun in 2003.

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun in Chicago, Sept. 12, 2003.

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Braun says she started in the Senate using polite, "girl words" to get her point across. That didn't last long.

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7678293/7678296" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Braun talks about the standards women candidates are held to on the campaign trail and in office.

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7678293/7678298" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Braun offers her perspective on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) presidential candidacy.

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7678293/7678300" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Braun says a woman candidate's race can complicate things, but it doesn't have to.

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7678293/7678302" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Only five African-Americans have been elected to the Senate. And only one was a woman: Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois.

Braun is the first and only African-American woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate and a former ambassador to New Zealand.

The former presidential candidate talks about whether women leaders are held to a higher standard, in part 2 of a series on women in leadership positions.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.