Women in PA

Not at the Table? Must be on the Menu

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on October 3rd, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Over the past several years, women running for office around the country have made headlines, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, to name a few. But these high-profile women obscure a sad truth: the percentage of American women holding public office remains dismally low. Today, women hold 24 percent of state legislative offices; 21 percent of the statewide offices; 17 percent of US Senate seats; 17 percent of the seats in the US House of Representatives and 12 percent of governorships.

Read More: http://bizchicks.org/2011/09/not-at-the-table-must-be-on-the-menu-…/

N.J. governor: Gender balance key in redistricting

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on September 26th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

As Pennsylvania prepares to redraw its legislative map, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman issued a warning Friday: Don’t end up like New Jersey.

Women legislators in that state lost ground, she noted, after New Jersey officials redrew districts that, deliberately or not, favored districts with male incumbents.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11267/1177194-53.stm#ixzz1Z4Msuc24

Women Should Be More Involved with Politics, Say Panelists

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on September 26th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

The Pennsylvania 2012 Project held its Western Pennsylvania Inaugural Conference on Friday in Downtown Pittsburgh. About two hundred community stakeholders attended to listen to a variety of speakers discuss the role of women in politics, the obstacles they face, and different ways to increase their numbers.

Read More: http://www.essentialpublicradio.org/story/2011-09-23/women-should-be-more-involved-politics-say-panelists-7338

Pa. redistricting panel urged to consider gender

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on September 15th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

A panel charged with redrawing Pennsylvania’s legislative map was urged at a public hearing Wednesday to consider the impact of its revisions on the number of women serving in the state Capitol.

“Women may lose ground in this redistricting process,” said Dana Brown, the executive director of Chatham University’s Center for Women and Politics.

Read More: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2011/Sep/14/pa__redistricting_panel_urged_to_consider_gender.html

The Women’s Campaign Forum Announces Endorsements in PA Local Races

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on September 6th, 2011 by admin – 1 Comment

In Pennsylvania, which ranks 42nd in the country for women’s representation in local government and has only one woman in its Congressional delegation, this fall’s election season could be a big deal for women’s rights groups.

The Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF) has recently announced a group of local candidates that they are endorsing in the fall elections. According to its website, WCF “endorses qualified women candidates running for all levels of office, across the country, of any political party, who pledge to support reproductive health choices and options for all.”

Read More: http://www.politicspa.com/wcf-announces-endorsements-in-pa-local-races/27438/

2012 Project seeking women candidates

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on July 19th, 2011 by admin – 1 Comment

Former congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper hadn’t considered running for office until a friend suggested it, and she spent six months considering the repercussions of a long campaign before deciding to run for Congress in 2007.

“Honestly, it was not something I was thinking about before I was asked,” said Ms. Dahlkemper, of Erie, who represented Pennsylvania’s 3rd District from 2009 to 2011.

Research shows that unlike men, women need to be recruited to run for office, and the number of women serving in elected office has declined since the last election.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11198/1160882-178-0.stm#ixzz1SYnL4X6t

Women’s network discusses politics

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on July 14th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Dana M. Brown wants more South Hills women involved in politics.

Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and an associate professor of political science at Chatham University, is concerned about how revamping legislative districts this year will affect women, and therefore wants more women involved.

Read More: http://www.yoursouthhills.com/southhillsrecord/article/womens-network-discusses-politics

A Crusade for Change: Dahlkemper’s mission to empower women

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on June 28th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper’s mission to empower women is featured on the radio. Click here to listen: http://tinyurl.com/6k9fnow

VanKirk replaces Raja as Mt. Lebanon commissioner

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on June 21st, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Bonnie VanKirk was appointed Monday night to fill a vacant Mt. Lebanon commissioner’s seat.

The commission voted 3-0 to appoint Ms. VanKirk to the seat, representing Ward 1, vacated by D. Raja. He resigned to devote his efforts to campaigning for Allegheny County chief executive.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11172/1155210-100.stm#ixzz1PwPcIm1A

Dahlkemper is weighing another run for old seat

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on June 14th, 2011 by admin – 1 Comment

WASHINGTON — Erie’s Kathy Dahlkemper has been weighing a run for her old seat in Congress and said she will decide by early summer whether she will enter the race.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11163/1152915-178-0.stm?cmpid=elections.xml#ixzz1PGfUU4zJ