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Mika Brzezinski’s Best Response To Trump Is Her Message to Women

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump fired out two tweets attacking members of the news media in such an alarming way that he received widespread condemnation across party lines. His targets were Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I heard poorly rated [sic] @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Trump tweeted. "Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

Today, the co-hosts responded to Trump's tweets in a Washington Post op-ed, calling out his "continued mistreatment of women."

On Friday's show, Mika stated, “This has brought us back 30 years – women in the White House need to set him straight.”

While the President's tweets are yet another reminder of the pervasive sexism women face in their careers and in the country, we decided to take this opportunity to spotlight some additional wisdom from the woman he attacked.

In addition to her career as a journalist, Mika Brzezinski is the author of three books, including Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth. In it, she provides some sage advice for women on commanding what they deserve and knowing their value in the workplace. Because change happens when we understand our worth, even the playing field and #ask4more.

On wage inequality:

... I thought of the example I was setting for my twelve- and fourteen-year-old daughters. Every morning I sat with a group of male colleagues, all of whom made much more than I did. In fact, our salaries weren’t even close.

On asking for more:

If you don’t ask for what you deserve, you won’t ever find out what you’re made of, and what you truly can do.

On giving yourself permission to say what you need:

It’s okay to say what you want and what you need. Because if you want a relationship to work, you’ve got to get what you want and what you need.

On learning from other women (including Elizabeth Warren, Nora Ephron, Suze Orman and others).

Among other things, they taught me some important lessons about getting out of my own way, learning to speak up, negotiating from a place of power instead of fear, owning my success, and perhaps most important, getting the compensation I deserve.

On being the change (from an interview with Levo's Meredith Lepore)

I want to teach women how to solve the part of the problem that they can actually control. I want to teach women to communicate their value effectively. There are so many barriers in our minds when we’re at the negotiating table; I want to remove those barriers so women stop leaving money on the table.

On the brass tacks of negotiating:

Don’t go in there without the proper data to back up your point.

Don’t apologize.

Don’t worry about being “liked.”

(Photo by Grant Lamos IV/FilmMagic/Getty)

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