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Jul 18, 2018

Surge of Women Running for Office Is Topic of July 25 Media Briefing

Media Briefing on Record Number of Women Running for Office

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, July 25, the Freedom Forum Institute, in collaboration with the Women’s Media Center and Swanee Hunt Alternatives, will host a media briefing on the status of a record number of women running for political office, and the intersection and impact of gender, race and politics.

Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers-New Brunswick, and a leading expert in the field will present an analysis of women running for political office in 2018.

This briefing also will feature non-partisan, Democratic and Republican experts on women candidates and political leadership, including:

  • Glynda Carr, co-founder, Higher Heights
  • Julie Conway, executive director, VIEW PAC
  • Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, vice president, national outreach and training, EMILY’s List
  • María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO, Voto Latino
  • Rebecca Schuller, Winning For Women
  • Andrea Dew Steele, president and founder, Emerge America

Freedom Forum Institute host and briefing co-moderators include:

  • Jan Neuharth, chair and CEO, Freedom Forum
  • Maya Harris, co-chair, Women’s Media Center
  • Swanee Hunt, founder and chair, Political Parity


About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

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