Former Gov. Bev Perdue has a quote from a “great philosopher” framed. It’s been hanging on her wall for years.
And on Thursday at UNC, she led an audience of more than 200 in a rousing rendition of that quote: “I think I can; I think I can; I know I can.”
“The Little Engine That Could” inspired Perdue throughout her four years as governor and the rest of her political career, she said during the first Women in the Media Leadership Series event.
The event, hosted by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, featured Perdue sitting on a couch with Susan King, dean of the journalism school, Karen Gil, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and journalism students Averi Harper and Jessica Kennedy. The conversation focused on women in leadership positions.
“I find myself sometimes, even now, in rooms of guys where I’m the only woman, and that is tiresome to me,” Perdue said.