National Press Club

June 2 Newsmaker to Focus on What It Takes for Women to Run for Office

May 29, 2014 | By Patti Giglio |

A new look at what it takes for women to run for office, "Keys to Elected Office: The Essential Guide for Women," will be released at a Club Newsmaker event Monday, June 2, at 10 am in the Zenger Room.

From the personal traits, to actions that convey qualification and likebility, to bouncing back from mistakes, this nonpartisan research offers advice for female officials and candidates. Panelists will discuss the key advantages women possess, the obstacles they face, and how perceptions of women candidates have changed over time.

For more than 15 years, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation has studied every woman’s campaign for governor on both sides of the aisle, including real-time polling on voters’ views and post-election interviews with candidates and campaign staff. This research has been compiled and distilled into a 40-page report, which will be available in print, online, and mobile app.

The speakers will be Barbara Lee, president of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation; Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster and president of Lake Research Partners; Bob Carpenter, Republican pollster and president of Chesapeake Beach Consulting; and Mary Hughes, political strategist and president of Hughes & Co.

Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.