When Obama first entered office (you remember, back before hope was dead), nearly all of his top staffers were men who had worked on his campaign: Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Lawrence Summers, and others (Valerie Jarrett is a notable exception).

The women in the White House, including Susan Rice and Anita Dunn, quickly realized that they weren't always being included in important meetings and worried their voices weren't being heard. Instead of just leaning in harder, they started doing something called "amplification," an anonymous aide told the Washington Post.

Here's how the Post describes "amplification":