Friday the sixteenth was our last Path to Politics of the year, but we finished strong, holding an energetic and informative panel about women in politics, especially with respect to the recent election. There will be a record number of women in the 113th Congress, but there’s still a lot to work through and navigate for women running for office, as our panelists discussed.
During a panel conversation moderated by our executive director, Jessica Grounds, Shira Toeplitz, redistricting and political campaign reporter at Roll Call; Kiki McLean, Senior Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs, and Managing Director at Porter Novelli Public Services; and Kristen Soltis Anderson,Vice President of The Winston Group, shared their insight on the most exciting races involving women this year, the particular challenges faced by younger women, and the ways in which a woman’s party, her marital status, and the culture of the region she’s running in can make her campaign more difficult.
Our panelists also expressed some hope for women who might seek their party’s nomination for President in 2016.
We certainly hope to see some of our alumnae put their hat in the ring for President just as soon as they’re old enough–will it be you?