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  • 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.

  • Huffington Post: Women Running for Governor: Three Things to Watch For in 2014 Races

    January 21, 2014

    There are currently five women governors nationwide -- yes, just five out of 50. However, 2014 could be the year that women governors increase their ranks, with 36 states holding gubernatorial elections this fall. Four incumbent women are up for re-election, and so far 27 women are considered likely to run to become CEO of their states. Could this be a banner year for women governors, just as 2012 was for women in Congress?

If the Shoe Fits

April 16, 2014

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By Adrienne Kimmell
Executive Director
Barbara Lee Political Office

Remember when a woman six rows from the stage at a recycling trade group conference in Las Vegas threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton? The fact that this happened brings up a couple of questions: How did this person get past not only the event’s security, but the Secret Service? Why have shoes become the protest tool of choice?

But what was most telling about the whole incident was Clinton’s response (if you haven’t already watched the clip on repeat, you can do so here). She was calm, funny, and totally relatable.

She kept her cool, didn’t give the instigator the attention she was so obviously seeking, and quickly moved on. It demonstrated her masterful grace under pressure – and her likeability.

That likeability is crucial to women’s electability, since voters will not vote for a woman they do not like. This is particularly true for women voters, with nearly 90 percent saying it is important to like a candidate they support. Likeability is also a testament to a woman candidate’s qualifications, as we know from Barbara Lee Family Foundation research. For women, qualifications and likeability are linked – these traits rise and fall together – but that is not the case for men (President Bush didn’t need a clever response to his shoe-throwing incident in 2008).

If Clinton runs for President in 2016, detractors will be throwing lots of metaphorical shoes at her (they already are. Enter “shoe truthers” who think she somehow staged the incident.) But with Clinton’s experience, track record, and natural good humor, she’ll be able to skillfully dodge those, too.

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Clip of the Week

Jimmy Fallon and Cecily Strong of SNL’s “Weekend Update” school us on what it means to pay women equally.

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