Women in executive roles, whether business or political: how they advance, and what they overcome

Dear Readers:

Recent business and political news has precipitated my thinking even more than I had been about women who hold executive office, whether in business or in government. I’ve also had the opportunity to speak about this topic. So, I put pen to paper and thought to share these recent articles in one place with you.

For Crain’s Chicago Business:

For Huffington Post Politics:

One reminder of how important executive roles are: if Republicans win a majority in the U.S. Senate come Election Day, all the current women chairs of senate committees (and we’re talking big committees here) will be gone. And, since 16 of the current 20 women senators are Democrats, that doesn’t leave much room for the Republican women to take over in the same measure.

Dare I also say: #everydayiselectionday!

Best wishes.

Rebecca

 

 

Writing a book should bring joy to one’s life: #everydayiselectionday has to mine

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Dear Readers:

I first visited New Orleans 32 years ago, falling in love with the place on sight. I was entranced by the (Mississippi) river, the music, the art, the people, and the city’s look and spirit. I’ve eagerly returned thirty-plus times in the years since. I hit these streets — every time — just as fiercely happy as the first time.

However, this time is particularly special.That’s because I have the honor of being part of a great New Orleans tradition, one that combines the city’s music, art, people and history in a singular way.That tradition is “Jazz Fest,” the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Steve and I have attended 26 years of its 45. Our plan is to keep coming back as long as we can. We feel a part of it. But, this year, I will get to be part of it in a different way: tomorrow, I will be signing Every Day Is Election Day in the Jazz Fest Book Tent.

Great authors telling great stories have been in the Book Tent for many years. Every Day Is Election Day and I now get to share in that history because the book features three amazing Louisiana women: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, now running for re-election; Catherine Kimball, first woman chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; and Sharon Broome, State Senator and President Pro Tempore of the state senate.

Happy to have written this book? Yes, absolutely thrilled to share in the lives of women who care, stand and deliver; happy to tell their inspirational stories and impart their advice to other women who would lead; happy to be part of a community that respects committed women leaders everywhere.

Thanks to Jazz Fest, Garden Street Book Shop, Gambit, and dear friend Ben Sandmel for making this New Orleans-time so special.

Rebecca

Toni Preckwinkle and yours’-truly on women in politics breaking the glass ceiling, Chicago-style

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. To register, click here, visit:.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and I will exchange thoughts on women in politics on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at “Chicago Style,” sponsored by the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago.

No surprise, I’m sure: there is a chapter about Toni in Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide. I’m thinking that, with all the graduations coming up, her inspirational and tough-minded story is the perfect gift for young women with big dreams, not to mention for their mothers, sisters, aunts, partners, girlfriends; well, you get the picture. Click here for info about online buying options. If you prefer, visit your favorite local bookstore. In any event, Every Day Is Election Day and its frank advice will help you get ready for 2014. For, remember: every year is the year of the woman.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

On to California, in part to talk about a woman giving the #SOTU

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

On #SOTU day, I invite you to join the campaign to engage more California women in running for office. (As California goes, so goes the nation.)

Led by Betsy Cotton and Mary Hughes, co-creator of the 2012 project of the Center for American Women and Politics, @Close the Gap California is the organizer.

I’m delighted to tell you I will join the campaign, speaking about the need for more women in politics and my guide for getting there:  #everydayiselectionday. I will be in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. I hope you will encourage friends and colleagues there to join in, too.

Here is a recent review of #everydayiselectionday, from Jewish Women International (formerly B’nai Brith Women), which mentions some of the amazing women who could give the #SOTU, no doubt.

Best wishes.

Rebecca