A Woman’s Perspective: Women in American Democracy

October 4, 2011

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A Woman's Perspective

This day-long Symposium will include continental breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception. Advance registration is required and on a first come, first served basis. The program is free and open to the public.

Welcome and Opening Session – 9:00am

This introductory session includes continental breakfast and welcome remarks from female members of Congress.

Representative Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Representative Niki Tsongas (MA-5)
Representative Judy Chu (CA-32)

Morning Plenary Session: A Woman’s Perspective – 10:00am

The opening panel will highlight the experiences and insights of high-achieving women in politics. Speakers are invited to make remarks and take questions from the audience.

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun


Host: Dr. Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women & Politics Institute, American University

The History of Women’s Political Rhetoric – 11:00am

This workshop will look back to the historic National Woman’s Party for lessons about strategic messaging and media campaigns. Attendees will learn how NWP activists used banners and cartoons to change public opinion on suffrage and women’s rights.

Lisa Kathleen Graddy, Smithsonian Institution
Jennifer Krafchik, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Moderator: Jessica Tava, Board Member

Luncheon Breakout – 12:15pm

Boxed lunches will provide attendees time for networking and information discussion. Congresswomen will make remarks.

Representative Kay Granger (TX-12)

Women in American Politics & Policy – 1:30pm

This workshop will examine women’s participation and the impact that their representation has on policies affecting women. Panelists will utilize historical perspectives and current data to comment on the significance and influence of gender and the role women play in policymaking.

Dr. Sue Carroll, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women
Dr. Gwendolyn Mink, Independent Scholar

Moderator: Stephenie Foster, Board Member, Consultant & Professional Lecturer at American University

Misrepresentation: Women Candidates and the Media – 3:15pm

This workshop will focus on portrayals of female candidates and public officials in the media and the significance for future women leaders. Attendees will learn about current media trends and strategies for challenging negative imagery.

Kathy Bonk, Communications Consortium Media Center
Karlyn Lothery, Lothery & Associates, LLC

Moderator: Judy Waxman, Board Member, National Women’s Law Center

Campaign Training: Women Running for Office – 4:30pm

This workshop will focus on skills and information needed for women considering a run for office in the short term or long term. Experts in the field will guide attendees through the steps to starting and strengthening a campaign, including information on dealing with gender-based attacks.

Krystal Ball, Women’s Campaign Fund

Hosted by: Susannah Wellford Shakow, Running Start

Closing Plenary Session: The Significance of A Woman’s Perspective – 5:30pm

This closing session will bring the program to a conclusion, touching on the significance of women’s political representation and participation, and imparting thoughts on the path for women in future generations.

Susan McGee Bailey, Director, Wellesley Centers for Women, 1985-2010

2011 Symposium Partners

Alice Paul Institute
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
National Council of Women’s Organizations
National Women’s Political Caucus
Older Women’s League
Running Start
Women in Government Relations
Women’s Campaign Forum
Women’s Research and Education Institute

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Questions? Email info@sewallbelmont.org