Well-behaved women rarely make history. Jamie Lober, author of Pink Power: We Girls Can Do Anything!, is clearly one who missed the rule book. Having run for mayor of her beloved college town at age twenty-one and shortly thereafter composing a tell-all novel, taking risks was never foreign to her. “If I followed all the so-called rules, I would have missed out on a lot of fun,” said Lober. For her, the toughest lessons came from working with the media and teaching herself not to care about her reputation. “I came to realize that people are probably not too pleased with their lives if they are busy discussing mine,” said Lober.
Lober is as real as they come. Sweet, goal-oriented and blunt, she does not tailor her message of self-empowerment based on who is listening. She speaks of the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people who raise you up and disregarding those who treat you poorly. “I do not need any part-time people in my life; you are either with me or you are not,” said Lober. Lober feels that by not caring what others think of you and learning to tolerate others, you can make headway in your personal and professional life. “I am glad for everyone I have crossed paths with, the good and the bad, because some show me exactly who I do not want to become,” said Lober.
The novel is based on what Lober refers to as the Girls’ Bill of Rights, each of which has a corresponding chapter filled with wisdom, emotion and personal experiences. She reveals that her college years helped mold her into who she is today and she speaks fondly of presiding over a Latino center for three years, making memories with a handful who remain her best friends today, campaigning for George Bush and hanging out for four years with a guy who she says continues to be very special to her. This was a time of self-discovery and great accomplishment. “My parents and a few strong influences encouraged me wholeheartedly to go forward with a mayoral campaign and I learned that the more I loved my choices, the less I needed others to like them too,” said Lober.
Essentially, pink power means that you can be strong and female at the same time and Lober is the definition. Standing up for your rights is emphasized and girls are encouraged to get involved, learn about contemporary issues and take a stand. “A woman could be president one day; we might have a bunch of jealous countries not on speaking terms with one another but it could certainly happen,” said Lober. On the top of her lifelong agenda is getting information out about women’s health which she says should be physical and mental. “I commit to making healthy choices, taking care of my body but also emotionally recognizing that there are some apologies I will never get and I have to accept that and tread onward,” said Lober.
Sales for the novel are at an all-time high which some may credit to the fact that Lober has established herself as widely-recognized, well-respected face for issues ranging from sexual health to traditional family values. Through ups and downs in her life she remains positive seems unchanged, at least publicly. “I believe you should always have faith, hope for the best and until given reason to feel otherwise, celebrate everything you can,” said Lober.
Speaking of the book down the road, Lober tells that she stands by her message and actually feels even stronger about its importance. While some feel that her slew of new experiences and strikes she has made to the glass ceiling warrant a follow-up novel, Lober begs to differ. “I do not think a sequel is necessary because I never really grew up, I just learned how to present better in public,” said Lober.