Event Title

BREAK OUT SESSION - Women in Political Leadership

Start Date

11-7-2014 2:50 PM

End Date

11-7-2014 3:50 PM

Description

New Hampshire is the first state in the nation’s history to have an all-women congressional delegation, a women speaker-of-the-house and women senate minority leader in its state leadership, and a woman governor. Why has this has not happened sooner in the United States? One large part is because we tend to not see many women in positions of government leadership, which gives the impression of who “should” be in those positions. New Hampshire is an example of a state that understands the importance of having diverse perspectives in leadership positions, especially with our state government. It is natural for our state to have women in political leadership.

The focus of this session will be a discussion about women in political leadership: What women in NH have done; how they accomplished it; how they encourage women’s political leadership; and how they help them women realize they can make a difference. The panel will include women who have led in NH state government, current and past leaders, and who understand the importance of having bipartisan leadership. The goal is to encourage women to understand the importance of using their voices in politics and to empower young women to enter into the political arena themselves.

Moderator: Mary Ellen Hettinger, New Hampshire Women’s Foundation

Panelists:

Jennifer Alford-Teaster, Fellow, Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth

Stefany Shaheen, Portsmouth City Councilor

Katie Wells Wheeler, Former State Senator, New Hampshire

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Organized by New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.

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Nov 7th, 2:50 PM Nov 7th, 3:50 PM

BREAK OUT SESSION - Women in Political Leadership

New Hampshire is the first state in the nation’s history to have an all-women congressional delegation, a women speaker-of-the-house and women senate minority leader in its state leadership, and a woman governor. Why has this has not happened sooner in the United States? One large part is because we tend to not see many women in positions of government leadership, which gives the impression of who “should” be in those positions. New Hampshire is an example of a state that understands the importance of having diverse perspectives in leadership positions, especially with our state government. It is natural for our state to have women in political leadership.

The focus of this session will be a discussion about women in political leadership: What women in NH have done; how they accomplished it; how they encourage women’s political leadership; and how they help them women realize they can make a difference. The panel will include women who have led in NH state government, current and past leaders, and who understand the importance of having bipartisan leadership. The goal is to encourage women to understand the importance of using their voices in politics and to empower young women to enter into the political arena themselves.

Moderator: Mary Ellen Hettinger, New Hampshire Women’s Foundation

Panelists:

Jennifer Alford-Teaster, Fellow, Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth

Stefany Shaheen, Portsmouth City Councilor

Katie Wells Wheeler, Former State Senator, New Hampshire