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  • Advancing Women in Leadership

    Last week, women state party Chairs, Vice Chairs, Executive Directors and staff gathered in New Orleans during a meeting of the Association of State Democratic Chairs to discuss the increasing role of women as leaders in Democratic Parties across the country.

    This was the second time I participated in this event and wow! Not only has the turnout grown, but the programming - under the leadership of Louisiana Chair Karen Carter-Peterson and Idaho Executive Director Sally Boyton Brown - has excelled and given us the tools to improve how we promote women leaders in the states across the country. I was especially moved when both Chair Carter-Peterson, the first female Chair in Louisiana, and Maryland Chair Yvette Lewis spoke about what they each had to overcome in order to move into the top leadership position in their state Democratic Party structure.

    Here's a few pictures from the event.  I am looking forward to the next gathering!

    Great turnout in New Orleans at the women's luncheon!

    Maryland Chair Yvette Lewis moderates panel discussion about media coverage of women running for political office and what our national group of women can do to create change in our states.

    Louisiana Chair Karen Carter-Peterson answers a question about women leaders in state parties.

    One last pic from the ASDC & Louisiana Democratic Party welcome reception on Friday evening... an all women New Orleans brass band!  They were incredible.

     

     

  • It’s been a banner week in the GOP’s outreach to women…

    The GOP Autopsy Report: “Be conscious of developing a forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women. The Republican Party needs to offer that same vision and message demonstrating that our policies, principles and vision address the concerns of female voters.”

    Yet just this week we saw:

    In Kentucky -  Mitch McConnell's allies at the NRSC tweet an extremely offensive and sexist photo of senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

    In Texas - Tea Partier Rick Atkinson referred to State Senator Leticia Van de Putte as "barrio boopsie," insulting both her gender and ethnicity.

    In Louisiana - Senator Mary Landrieu’s main opponent, Bill Cassidy’s campaign manager tweet a photo of the Senator’s face superimposed on the body of Dictator Mussolini.

    And Rush Limbaugh decided that a comparison to rape would be the best way to explain yesterday’s rule change in the Senate.

    Women have already rejected the Republican Party in droves in recent cycles because of their extreme policies restricting women’s access to health care and their obstruction on laws like Violence Against Women Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    And if today’s GOP thinks insulting women leaders is the way to expand their appeal among female voters, they are very mistaken.

  • #DemWomen are Still fired up!

    In honor of "Throw Back Thursday" we wanted to share a few photos from the Women's Caucus meetings at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It may be a year later, but Democratic women are just as fired up today as they were then. Take a look at the photos below and join the conversation by using #DemWomen on Twitter.

     

  • “Top Ten Political Leaders We Need Right Now”

    Today on Morning Joe, there was a discussion of the "top ten political leaders we need right now."

    Here are their lists-- they reflect some great leaders but it left out some great women who have made America what it is today.



    Here is my list with some others that should be added:

    This list represents only a few of the countless female leaders who deserve our respect and admiration, and who have shown time after time that women can also help to get the job done.

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