Women Take the Political Stage

Posted August 31, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

We recently outlined the trends we found inForbes’ Most Powerful Women list for 2012, and the biggest trend was the rise of the political woman. The top 3 onForbes’ list were women in higher office, and we think this kind of a trend is going to continue in many arenas. And the political conventions of 2012 will be a terrific example of how women are taking charge.

On Wednesday morning, when the headlines hit, it wasn’t Mitt Romney, but instead his wife, who everyone was talking about. And when it comes to the upcoming DNC, when the speaker’s list was announced, it was women filling its lineup.

The Huffington Post is reporting that the following women will be included in the speaker lineup for next week’s DNC:

  • Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
  • Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tammy Duckworth.
  • Sandra Fluke, Georgetown University student.
  • Denise Juneau, state superintendent of public instruction, Montana.
  • Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Caroline Kennedy.
  • Lilly Ledbetter.
  • Eva Longoria, Obama campaign co-chair.
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate.
  • Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Who are you excited to hear from?  I’m personally delighted to see Cecile Richards on the list, and Nancy Keenan. In this kind of election, it makes a statement about the issues of choice and women’s reproductive rights strongly and appropriately.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."