Cosmopolitan.com recently featured an exclusive new interview and photo shoot with Barbara Underwood – New York’s first female attorney general, who was sworn in last week after Eric Schneiderman’s resignation – and 10 high-ranking women from the attorney general office’s majority-female staff, who have toiled for years under disgraced politicos like Schneiderman, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.
“Everyone was stunned. I was stunned,” Underwood said of the Schneiderman scandal. She is wearing the same blue suit from her historic swearing-in for the Cosmopolitan.com photo shoot. “And now we’re moving forward.”
In the piece, Underwood and the senior members of her office open up about why it took so long for a woman to take the helm, the fallout from Schneiderman’s resignation, and the work they’re focused on continuing around improving conditions for low-wage workers, championing women’s rights and opposing the Trump administration’s problematic policies.
Underwood also reveals a piece of advice she received in 2001 from Robert Mueller, who was then the acting deputy attorney general of the United States while she was the acting solicitor general: “Somebody once advised me in a different role: You’re in the job while you’re in the job, and you’re in the job until you’re not. You just do it as well as you can for as long as you’re in the seat. And that’s my plan.”
Read the full interview here.