Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics Events

  • 01/30/2015 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Ready to Run Pre-Conference: Women of Color in Pennsylvania Politics

    Join us as our panelists of elected officials and community leaders identify and discuss the special challenges facing women of color in Pennsylvania politics as a step towards overcoming them.
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  • 01/31/2015 - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Ready to Run Pittsburgh Campaign Training for Women

    Ready to Run is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, work on a campaign, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. Ready to Run is your one-stop training on running for office or getting involved in public life.
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  • 02/07/2015 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Advocacy 101

    Learn the tools you need to build an advocacy campaign for issues that matter! Learn how to craft talking points, develop a cohesive and persuasive message, and engage the media.


    This one day training will give you all the skills you need to make your voice heard!

    Free to Chatham Students, Staff, and Faculty (register via my.Chatham). Registrants must pay for lunch either with meal plan or payment of 7 dollars.
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  • 02/26/2015 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    A Night Out With the Women on County Council

    Meet the women on Allegheny County Council! Councilwomen Barbara Daly Danko, Amanda Green Hawkins, Heather Heidelbaugh, Sue Means, and Jan Rea will share their experiences in office and on the campaign trail.

    The event will feature a wine and cheese networking reception followed by remarks from the City Councilwomen.

    **Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for guests under 21 years of age**
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  • 03/03/2015 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Anita: Film and Panel

    About the Film:

    An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure.

    Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.

    Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.
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  • 03/19/2015 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    FMLA in PA: A Round Table Discussion of Issues of Family and Medical Leave in Pennsylvania

    A panel discussion about the state of Family and Medical Leave policy in the Commonwealth. Discussion will cover how policies in PA differ from others around the country and how experts think we can strengthen FMLA policies in the state.
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  • 04/01/2015 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics

    The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by The Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 in order to honor the Pittsburgh, PA native and longtime political leader. The chair serves as an inspiration and role model for students as well as other members of the University community and citizens of Pennsylvania.

    The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars, and activists to Chatham University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process.

    The 2014-2015 Elsie Hillman Chair will be prominent political commentator Cokie Roberts.

    Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming, as well as for NPR. From 1996-2002 she and the late Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. Cokie Roberts holds more than twenty honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions, and on the President’s Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.
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