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Women in Politics Conference this week

06 June 2006

ATTENTION: Political writers and editors

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685

"Women in Politics," a two-day conference co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. Elected officials, political consultants and researchers from across the country will discuss the changing roles of women in politics.

The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June, 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Faculty Club, Heyns Room, UC Berkeley

Scheduled political and governmental leaders include U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-California); former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-Washington); Margita Thompson, press secretary for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Loretta Lynch, former chairwoman of the California Public Utilities Commission; California Assemblywoman Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge); Delaine Eastin, former California superintendent of public instruction; California Assemblywoman Wilma Chan (D-Oakland); California Assemblywoman Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley); and Lynne Leach, former California Assemblywoman (R-Walnut Creek).

Friday's panels will focus on the latest research on women in politics. Professors from colleges and universities including Brown University, University of Minnesota and Rutgers University will discuss such issues as gender and campaign communications, candidate recruitment, the impact of candidate gender on American elections, and how women can get in and stay in leadership positions.

Saturday's panelists will be made up of practitioners - political consultants and women who have held appointed or elected office - who will share their experiences and discuss policy and governance issues.

For more information on the event go to: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/programs/nss/WIPindex.htm


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