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    July 22, 2014

    Democratic megadonor Barbara Lee is doing everything in her power to bring in more women. The founder of the Barbara Lee Political Office and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation has worked to elect women to public office since 1998. “The donors circles are very much an old boys’ club,” said Lee, who has helped elect 122 women in 30 states, including every sitting Democratic female senator and governor. “There are very few women who are able to write the big checks, and even fewer who invest specifically in women candidates. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to create a new girls’ network.”

  • Boston Magazine: Boston’s Most Powerful Thought Leaders

    May 1, 2014

    If America elects a woman to be its next president, she’ll have Lee to thank. Since 1999, Lee has been obsessed with engaging the next generation of female leaders in elective politics. You may have heard of some of her protégées—Elizabeth Warren, Wendy Davis, Martha Coakley. Lee has always been focused on building the long-term ladder to the political peak, and that work has kept growing. Her foundation’s research guidebook, Keys to Elected Office: The Essential Guide for Women, will be released in June.

  • WBUR: “Amid Presidential Hype, Hillary Clinton Speaks in Boston”

    April 24, 2014

  • MSNBC: Melissa Harris Perry: What Happens When Women Run

    January 26, 2014

    The MHP panel talks about Wendy Davis’ response to the attacks against her and the media’s attitudes towards women running for political office. (3:23) Laura Flanders: “Well that goes back to all the research the Barbara Lee Family Foundation has done, it shows exactly that”

  • The Hill: Martha Coakley, A Voice For Massachusetts

    January 21, 2014

    By Stephanie Schriock and Barbara Lee Women and families in Massachusetts, and across the country, deserve leaders who fight for – not against – them, effective leaders who get things done, who stand up for their values and amplify their voices.

THE FINE PRINT: Get on My Level

AK headshot 1July 10, 2014

By Adrienne Kimmell

Is it me or are Republicans having a really tough time communicating with women voters? It’s not my first time writing about GOP’s attempts to woo women. But I couldn’t help but offer a few words of advice when seeing this gem from Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC).

Here’s some of what Ellmers said on a panel about how to reach women, comprised of several members of the Republican Study Committee:

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. You know, one of the things that has always been one of my frustrations and I speak about this all the time—many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and, you know, how the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.

We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life—that’s the way to go.”

And to no one’s surprise, the Congresswoman is taking flack for the completely condescending line about bringing it down a notch for us ladies. But let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she didn’t mean to say “down to a woman’s level” but instead wanted to say something that was less pat-on-the-head and more “high-five, ladies. I can relate.”

Let me get down to her level for a moment and flip this script. What if she actually said something like this:

Women are capable of making our own decisions about our lives and families. We do it all the time. So often, we are the ones at the kitchen table balancing the checkbook and making the everyday economic decisions. We as Republican women can relate, because we are living that reality, too. We don’t need more men with more out-of-touch ideas. We need more women with real solutions.

She could have used the advantage voters afford her as a woman. Women candidates have the advantage of being in touch with the issues that really matter to voters. Voters believe women get it in a way that men don’t. Use relatable stories that will resonate with voters. Share your life experience and show that you are in touch.

Maybe that’s what the Congresswoman meant.

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Gender inequality is not limited to the U.S. This UpWorthy video incorporates food to lay out the frustrating level of gender inequality in society today.

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