In this video by Deirdra O’Regan, a multi-platform journalist at The Washington Post, four women share their experiences working in the White House… “the grueling hours, dealing with a ‘boys’ club’ mentality and, crucially, getting access to the president.”

They include Patty Herman (Eisenhower Administration, 1953 – 1955), Valerie Jarrett (Obama Administration, 2009 – Present), Sarah Bianchi (Obama Administration, 2011 – 2014; Clinton Administration, 1995 – 2001) and Dana Perino (George W. Bush Administration, 2007 – 2009).