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

 

 

TABOO (topics): that would be sex, money and politics

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Dear Readers:

The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago will host TABOO on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

My longtime #GirlPolitics pal Christie Hefner will moderate. The panel will include Dr. Lauren Streicher (author of Love Sex Again), and Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year. No doubt, we’ll have fun and be provocative.

If you’re in-town, I hope you will join us. If not, let your friends who are know we’re around, in case they want to join in the fun.

All the best.

Rebecca

Sweet Home Chicago, the University of, That Is

Dear Readers:

It’s been wonderful to develop a relationship with the University of Chicago over the past year, beginning with my teaching a course on women in public leadership at the Harris School of Public Policy.

In April, I joined Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, for a program on “Chicago style” politics and breaking the glass ceiling, part of the school’s Institute of Politics programming. What a treat that was.

To top-off the school year, I’m pleased to be doing a book signing and talk at the university bookstore, during this week’s upcoming Alumni Weekend. The graphic below contains all the details. Graduates, or anyone else in town who would like to share views on this hot topic (that would be women in politics), do invite your friends and join me.The more heads we put together, the better!

Best wishes.

Rebecca

P.S. Blues fans in the house: here is my favorite version of Sweet Home Chicago.

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Hannah Solomon would be proud: Jewish Women Unite to Advance Women’s Political Power and Influence

Dear Readers:

In the tradition of great Chicago feminist leader Hannah Solomon, founder of the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago Jewish activists will gather next week. I hope that, if you’re in-town and free, you will join us. This should be an inspiring, as well as instructive, evening. For more information, see the flyer-image below.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

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