There’s been some uproar from residents around Lincoln Center over the nuisance that Fashion Week is for them. What are your thoughts on a permanent location for the event?
Do you attend any of the shows?
Fashion Week generates so much income for New York. How do you plan to capitalize on this and keep the economy growing?
How do you deal with the increased number of participants and tourists that crowd the event?
There’s been a lot of conversation this year about women taking a more active role in the work place — specifically around Lean In. Did you read that?
Do you think she’s just capitalizing on the zeitgeist or doing something more meaningful?
“I think she’s really seized a moment. I think she’s spurred a great conversation out there about what women need to do to seize their individual moments in their individual workplaces in their individual lives. I think she kind of opened herself up in a way to be the face of that. It’s enormously brave; it’s enormously useful.”
Do you think she’s right? Do you believe that women do have a tendency to hold themselves back in a business setting?
What would you say to women who are afraid of being perceived as forceful?
“You know what? There will be a moment in life, whether you’re forceful or not, where someone will label you something that is negative. You might as well go through life the way you want to. If what you want is to be engaged and forceful, to 'lean in,' well, do that. At the end of the day, somebody someday is going to say something about you. At least you can look back and say you lived the way you wanted to.”
Becoming the mayor of New York City is said to be the second hardest job in America. How do you personally maintain work/life balance? Do you think it is possible to "have it all"?
“My work/life balance is often not that good! I’m probably not the best role model for that. I think 'having it all' is a phrase I don’t particularly like. You need to have what you want. ‘All’ seems to me to be an imposed list, an imposed definition by society of what ‘all’ is supposed to be. As women, we should be able to decide what we want, how we want it, and [how we] get there. That means it won’t be perfect, there will be mistakes, but that’s fine; that’s human. ‘All’ should be a determination of what we want, not what somebody else or society says.”
Why do you think it’s hard to come to terms with people in power, especially powerful, intelligent women caring about the way they look? Take, for instance, the New York Magazine backlash?
Do you have anybody you consider to be a mentor? What’s the most valuable piece of advice they gave you?
If elected, you’ll be the first woman in this position. How important is that in the context of this city’s history?
“I think it’s incredibly important! We’re New York! We’re a trailblazing place where things happen that have never happened before, and the rest of the world follows our lead. For us to be this far into New York’s history and never to have had a woman mayor, that’s not a good part of our record. I think we need to change that. It’ll make a big difference in how women and girls see their potential in this city.”
What challenges do you face that your opponents might not?
“I remember when Hillary was at an event for Obama, and she said she couldn’t wait to go back to exercising because every morning she woke up and had her hair done — [while] Obama woke up and went for a jog. Political races are challenging regardless of your gender. I think there are all different kinds of challenges across the board.”