The 2012 Project identifies executive-level women who have shown a track record or interest in community and civic involvement. These women, a previously untapped talent pool, are poised to be successful candidates but may need to be recruited directly to run.
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AWC MISSION: To champion the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promotingleadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.
To connect Women of Color seeking to successfully build their careers andbusinesses by serving as a platform fornetworking, professional development and strategic connections.
Debbie Walsh is the director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. CAWP is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about womens participation in politics and government and to enhance womens influence and leadership in public life. Director The 2012 Project is CAWP’s newest initiative.Center for AmericanWomen and Politics
A Campaign to Increase the Number of Women in Congress and State LegislaturesDon’t get mad. Get elected.
We know the marquee namesand faces of women in politics.
But these women obscure the norm. Freshman class of the U.S. House of Representatives, 112th Congress (2011-2012)
Though 51% of the population isfemale….. Congress State Legislature Governors Mayors
Numbers for women of color,even more dismal….. Congress State Legislature Governors
The 2010 Election:Year of the Woman? Not so much. For the first time since 1979, women lostground in Congress Largest percentage decline for women in statelegislatures since the 1970s No increase in number of female governors (6)and loss of women in executive leadership One positive – first 2 women of color governorselected
Why don’twomen run? REASONS Family Privacy Negativity Incumbency Lack of a “Nobody roadmap asked me!” DIY
Why dowomen run? REASONS Solve a Change Problem Agent Desire to Asked to be Involved run!
The Solution:The 2012 ProjectThe 2012 Project is a national, non-partisan campaign to increase thenumber of women elected toCongress and state legislatures bytaking advantage of the once-in-a-decade opportunities of 2012.
Women poised to besuccessful candidates• Women leaders in the public and private sector with a track record or interest in community and civic involvement, with specific outreach to women leaders of color• Women from fields currently underrepresented in government
Why not you? And why not now?You can make a difference on importantissues of the day. • Economic Policy • Health Care • Civil Rights • Pay Equity
Sharon Weston Broome Emmy McClelland State Senator (LA) Former State Legislator (MO)
Sharon Weston Broome Sharon Weston Broomes role as a public servant has spanned over two decades. On September 8, 2011 she was re-elected to her third term to the Louisiana State Senate without opposition. Broome currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Louisiana State Senate. Senator Broome served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 29) for 12 years and was the first female elected as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives. During her tenure in the Legislature Senator Broome has been a vocal advocate for issues surrounding children and families. Broome is also the national president of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL- Women). She is a recipient of the Morehouse Colleges Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award. With two degrees in communications, Sharon has established herself as a nationally recognized speaker and communications consultant. She is the president of Sharon Broome Communications, Inc. Weston Broome has made The 2012 Project various national television appearances including Courts TVsThe 2012 Project Faculty "Your Turn," PBS "Debates Debates" and the "Montel Williams Show." In addition, she served for five years as the "2 Faculty On Your Side" reporter for WBRZ-TV (ABC-Baton Rouge).
Emmy McClelland Emmy McClelland is an active leader in government, politics and her community. A native of Springfield, Missouri, she is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelors degree in political science and a Missouri Life Teaching Certificate. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis. Emmy currently serves as Director of Government Relations for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Previously she served as Governor Bob Holden’s Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for two years concentrating on education issues and as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for ten years. Emmy was also the Director of Secretary of State Roy Blunt’s Corporation Division Field Office in St. Louis. As an advocate on behalf of the developmentally disabled, Emmy worked on the local, state and national level. She The 2012 Project was the president of the National Society for AutisticThe 2012 Project Faculty Children and has served as Chairman of the Missouri State Faculty Developmental Disabilities Council and Missouris Education for All Handicapped Children Panel.
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Every time awoman runs,women win. Geraldine Ferraro www.The2012project.us
Why Not You? Why Not Now?CONSIDER THIS YOUR INVITATION!