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

 

 

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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It’s (near) Jersey-Shore Time for #everydayiselectionday

Dear Readers:

Growing-up in New York-just-over-the-border-from-New-Jersey, people talked longingly about “going to the shore.” That would be the Jersey Shore.

Along that way, one passes New Brunswick, the state’s capitol, and most important to #girlpolitics, the home of the Center for American Women and Politics, part of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

Founded by the gifted Ruth Mandel, director of Eagleton, now led by Debbie Walsh, the center is the center of the women and politics universe. Beautifully, it researches, educates, trains and mobilizes women for public leadership, including recommending Every Day Is Election Day for the nightstand and book shelf of every woman and girl who seeks political power and influence.

Says Debbie: Every Day Is Election Day is a fabulous resource for any woman considering a run for office or anyone committed to advancing women’s leadership and political participation.” 

Debbie and I won’t have time to go to the shore Monday, but we will join Caroline Casagrande, who represents New Jersey near-the-shore and is featured in Every Day Is Election Day, at the Barnes & Noble in North Brunswick, to talk women’s leadership and political participation.

Thanks to Dennis Wurst of national Barnes & Noble for wonderful book-tour support, and a shout-out to Miriam Libove, indefatigable B&N North Brunswick community relations manager.

A story Miriam placed: “Activist, author urges women to lean in to politics,” offers-up a preview of the discussion we’ll have.

Best wishes.

RebeccaIt's Jersey Shore Time for #everydayiselectionday