A litany of "firsts"

Christine Lagarde has heard the words "the first woman to" more times than most in her life. She has been the first female head of an international law firm, first to become finance minister in a G8 country, and the first female director of the IMF. Lagarde attributes her impressive career to her time as a synchronized swimmer for the French National Team, describing how the grueling training taught her to "grit your teeth and smile," and how surviving international polit...

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