Public Forum on Women Holding Elected Office to be Presented

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Date: August 14, 2006
Contact: Lee Werst, 315.568.5302

Seneca Falls, NY - At 2 p.m. on August 26, 2006 at the Women's Rights National Historical Park visitor center Debbie Walsh, the Director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University will discuss the trends for women holding elective office. Ms. Walsh will focus on CAWP's research on the impact women officeholders have on public policy and the policy-making process and explore the importance of bringing more women into government. This presentation is part of the park's observance of Women's Equality Day, the 86th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Ms. Walsh will focus on CAWP's research on the impact women officeholders have on public policy and the policy-making process and explore the importance of bringing more women into government.

In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Seneca Falls resident and an organizer of the First Women's Rights Convention, could have little imagined a nation where women could not only vote, but hold an elected office. Today there are a record number of women in the U.S. Senate, but is that indicative of a larger national trend? Is that changing the way that business is done on Capitol Hill? Visitors can tour photojournalist Melina Mara's photographic exhibit "Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate" and learn from Ms. Walsh about the difference women make in elected office.

As director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers' Eagleton Institute of Politics, Debbie Walsh manages and oversees CAWP's multi-faceted programs that include: national forums for political women that address cutting-edge issues, leadership and campaign training programs that empower women of all ages to participate fully in politics and public life, research conducted over 30 years illuminating women's distinctive contributions, roles and experiences in politics and government, and up-to-the-minute information and historical perspectives about women as candidates, public officials and voters. Walsh is frequently called upon by the media for information and comment and speaks to audiences around the country on topics related to women's political participation. In 1984 she served as the Associate Producer of a documentary film "Not One of the Boys" which aired on the PBS series, Frontline, and had a viewership of six million people.

For more information, please contact the Park at 315-568-2991 or visit https://www.nps.gov/wori.

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