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“One by one, before their weekly debating practice, each debater would walk to the front of the room, strike a “power pose,” and say something to remind everyone in the room that she is powerful. That she is a winner. Week after week they repeated these phrases — “I’m a debater and I’m the winner today” — willing themselves to believe that it was true. In a way, the girls were doing what their country had done: taking on a new pose, looking in the mirror and declaring themselves to be new, better and hopefully more successful.