- MSNBC: The Cycle: Trends shed light on ad campaigns of female candidates
November 25, 2013
Barbara Lee and Celinda Lake explain how new research points to new trends on how female candidates could better steer ... Read more »
- Blue Mass Group: Katherine Clark is a Qualified, Likeable Leader
October 10, 2013
With its endorsement of state Senator Katherine Clark in the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District special election, the Boston Globe got it right.
- The Boston Globe: Martha Coakley Wades in Governor’s Race, Hand First
September 17, 2013
“People are judged by the way they handle a setback, not by the setback itself,” said Barbara Lee, a fund-raiser who supports Coakley. “And the fact that Martha picked herself up and got going again, I think people will be impressed with that and already are impressed with that.”
- Boston Herald: Gov showdown could be a race for redemption
September 6, 2013
One powerful Democrat is already convinced. Barbara Lee, a Cambridge activist and a major backer of Democratic woman candidates, said she is ready to support Coakley after the AG recently sought her out. “I will be very proud of her if she decides to run for governor,” Lee said. “She has a lot of people encouraging her. She’s done a great job as attorney general and she would do just as great a job as governor.”
- RI NPR: Gina Raimondo, Women in Politics, and 2014
August 29, 2013
Tell us more, Barbara Lee! Writing this week in Huffington Post, the Cambridge political consultant notes the presence of the "glass cliff" -- "defined by two University of Exeter professors as companies tapping women leaders in times of crisis, when the odds are stacked against anyone's success." Lee goes on to discuss the political implications of the glass cliff, adding: "Qualified, competent, confident women can take the lead in a race right out of the gate -- and they can win." Raimondo gets name-checked as someone who meets this description, along with Hillary Clinton and Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz.
- Metrowest Daily News: Women Lead the Way
August 25, 2013
Hayden and Rogers were leaders in fields that were typically dominated by men, bringing with them a unique perspective and skill set. Today’s women leaders are following in their footsteps. They are expanding opportunities for women in previously uncharted corners of government and the military, sharing that pioneering spirit.
- The Boston Globe: Democrat Juliette Kayyem ponders run for governor
August 21, 2013
With an all-male field so far and the prospect of Attorney General Martha Coakley waging her own bid for the corner office, [Barbara] Lee said the roster of candidates would probably play a role in Kayyem’s thinking. “She’s considering all the aspects of what it takes to run a campaign, and I think she’s considering the potential candidate field as part of her decision,” Lee said.
- Hollywood Reporter: Goldwyn Films Picks Up Freida Lee Mock’s Doc ‘Anita’
August 14, 2013
The film is directed, written and produced by by Mock, an Oscar-winner for her documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Executive producers are Geralyn Dreyfous, Regina Kulik Scully and Freada Klein. Co-executive producer is Dan Cogan and associate executive producer is Barbara Lee.
- WBUR: In Congressional Bid, Clark Focuses On Women’s Issues
July 19, 2013
EMILY’s List, a national group that aims to elect pro-choice Democratic women, has put [Katherine Clark] “on the list” — urging its national network of donors to contribute to her campaign. Barbara Lee, a Cambridge-based activist who supports women candidates nationwide, is behind her.
- The Atlantic: A Man’s Place Is in the Kitchen
July 16, 2013
Videos and ads set in kitchens can be subliminally powerful, [Adrienne] Kimmell explained, because they tap into the historical norm that the kitchen is a female domain and where women handle the family budget.
- The Boston Globe: Coakley Weighs Run for Governor
June 28, 2013
Local female activists — most prominently political fund-raiser and activist Barbara Lee — have also been in close touch with Coakley, encouraging her to run.
- Barbara Lee Statement on Ed Markey’s U.S. Senate Win
June 26, 2013
“Massachusetts voters seized an opportunity to add a proven, progressive leader to the U.S. Senate by electing Ed Markey. His win is a win for our state and our shared values.
- WBUR: Labor Makes Its First Foray Into Race To Succeed Markey
June 19, 2013
Barbara Lee, a Cambridge philanthropist who works to elect women around the country and is backing Clark, said the candidate’s early fundraising strength gave her an edge among activists.
- Huffington Post: Is There a Daddy Equivalent to the Mommy Wars?
June 19, 2013
Asking if men -- for whom societal structures have been working pretty favorably forever -- can "have it all" strikes a nerve with some women. Rightfully so. Perhaps it is because women are what's missing from this budding Daddy Wars conversation.
- Huffington Post: Pulling Rank: Women Lead the Charge Against Military Sexual Assault
May 23, 2013
by Barbara Lee
Out of great challenges come even greater opportunities to lead.
- Women in the World Foundation Woman of the Week: Barbara Lee
May 8, 2013
Lessons from the leader who's putting women in governors' seats—and some day the White House: Barbara Lee
- Boston Globe: A glaring absence in Boston’s mayoral race
April 11, 2013
by Yvonne Abraham
Women typically have to be asked multiple times, by multiple people, to run for office, says Adrienne Kimmell, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which is trying to up the number of women in politics. It’s harder to raise money, because fewer women move in circles ... Read more »
- Boston Magazine: Power: The 25 Most Influential People in Boston Philanthropy
March 28, 2013
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- Huffington Post: Want Women to Make History? Elect Them.
March 21, 2013
by Barbara Lee, The Huffington Post (March 21, 2013)
They say past is prologue. For me, that phrase could not be more fitting. A moment in history sparked my future.
My grandmother’s story about watching the suffragists marching on Fifth Avenue, demanding the right to vote, prefaced my own story as an ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee at Boston Mayor Menino’s State of the City Address
January 31, 2013
I am proud of Mayor Tom Menino for making empowering women a major part of his bold agenda. Delighted to cheer him on at the State of the City event.
- Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton’s Curtain Call?
January 31, 2013
by Barbara Lee, The Huffington Post (January 31, 2012)
She’s been First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. United States Senator Clinton. And, most notably on the eve of her resignation, Secretary of State Clinton. Let’s add Madame President to this list.
Read more: The Huffington Post
- Huffington Post: The Ultimate Women’s Gift List
December 18, 2012
by Barbara Lee, The Huffington Post (December 18, 2012)
Forget two turtle doves or five golden rings. This holiday season, I’m celebrating contraception, women increasing their ranks in Congress, women stealing the show at the Democratic National Convention and women using a new roadmap to win office (and a partridge in ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: Father Knows Best? By Trying to Take Us Back, Paternalist Politics Helped Launch Women Forward
November 30, 2012
by Barbara Lee, The Huffington Post (November 30, 2012)
The 1950s called: They want their stereotypes back. In what feels like a throwback to a bygone era, paternalist politics were alive and well in this election. We heard about binders full of women and “legitimate rape.” We heard old, ... Read more »
- WGBH: Warren’s Winning Strategies
November 20, 2012
by Ibby Caputo, November 19, 2012
Small as the numbers may be, women candidates — like their male counterparts — cannot get elected without powerful supporters.
Cambridge-based philanthropist and political activist Barbara Lee says its her mission is to build what she calls the new girl network, to counteract the old boys ... Read more »
- Bloomberg: Women Winning Senate Races Will Set Record in January
November 7, 2012
By Laura Litvan, November 7, 2012
All but one of the women who prevailed at the ballot box are Democrats. They probably benefited from the momentum of President Barack Obama’s campaign and from Senate Democrats’ painting Republicans as waging a “war against women” that would limit reproductive rights, said Barbara Lee, ... Read more »
- Glamour.com: The Conversation: What It Takes for a Female Candidate to Win
November 6, 2012
by Meredith Turits, November 6, 2012
Researchers from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation looked at what makes a woman candidate “qualified” in voters’ minds, and we have an exclusive, first peek at the study.
Read More Glamour.com
- Boston Magazine: Elizabeth Warren Finally Opens Up About Her Family
October 26, 2012
by Janelle Nanos, October 25, 2012
“Every new candidate has a new learning curve, and has to learn how to be a candidate,” says Barbara Lee, whose Massachusetts-based eponymous foundation works to help female candidates of all political stripes. Notably, Lee notes that “women consistently hold an advantage over men when ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: A Banner Year for Women? Winning Is About More Than Numbers
October 17, 2012
by Barbara Lee, The Huffington Post (October 17, 2012)
The “year of the woman” has gone through as many iterations as Mitt Romney’s stance on abortion. The original year of the woman, 1992, earned the moniker when 24 new women and 23 incumbent women won seats in the U.S. House. We ... Read more »
- WBUR: Brown Working To Close Gender Gap As Warren Gains Momentum In Polls
September 19, 2012
By Monica Brady-Myerov September 19, 2012
Warren’s lead among women, 11 points, is not a run-away advantage. To try and get at the reasons why, the poll asked about Warren’s attributes. The poll shows 84 percent of voters strongly or somewhat agree that Warren will fight for her beliefs. However, 36 ... Read more »
- Fall River Herald News: Speakers and delegates wrap up Democratic National Convention
September 8, 2012
By David Weed
Special to The Herald News
Posted Sep 08, 2012 @ 01:12 AM
Read more: http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x2107491740/Speakers-and-delegates-wrap-up-Democratic-National-Convention#ixzz265eMbvly
Barbara Lee of Cambridge, who works to advance women’s equality and representation in American politics, urged women to get involved in local political races and run for office. “We’re going to build a new ... Read more »
- State House News Service: Women Encouraged to Run & Often Need That Encouragement
September 7, 2012
By Andy Metzger
CHARLOTTE, N.C., SEPT. 6, 2012…..The first steps down the road of political success for some of the most powerful women in Massachusetts were varied, but according to one advocate for boosting women’s participation in political contests, women generally need more encouragement before running.
“Most often women hesitate,” said Barbara ... Read more »
- The Boston Phoenix: Women & The RNC
August 29, 2012
By David S. Bernstein Aug 28 2012, 07:51 PM
Inside the Hyatt, I discovered that Maggie’s List had a booth set up outside the forum I was heading to. It’s a fairly new group aiming to get Republican women elected; they are backing targeted candidates including Linda Lingle, Deb Fischer, ... Read more »
- LTE: Berg using gender-based attacks against opponent Heidi Heitkamp
August 18, 2012
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead(August 18, 2012)
By Barbara Lee
U.S. Senate candidate and Congressman Rick Berg’s newest ad is a typical attack on female candidates by their male opponents (using women, in this instance, to attack Heidi Heitkamp). It fails to mention his policy stances, priorities or potential to lead. Instead, ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: Democratic National Convention: Where Are the Women?
August 16, 2012
Huffington Post: Democratic National Convention: Where Are the Women?
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (August 16, 2012)
The conversation swirling about what Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s speech at the Democratic National Convention means for her campaign, for the president and for the party is missing an important question: Where are ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: Women as ‘Political Animals’: TV Shows Art Imitating Life
July 18, 2012
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (July 18, 2012)
The scripted television lineup is rife with winks and nods to the political drama playing out in real time on the news. Shows like Veep, The Newsroom, and the latest, Political Animals, take advantage of the all-consuming swirl of an election year to ... Read more »
- Politico: Fighting dirty against women
June 18, 2012
by Barbara Lee and Celinda Lake (June 17, 2012)
The debate swirling around Elizabeth Warren’s heritage is maddening. Not because it is a sideshow to pull focus from real issues in the Massachusetts Senate race and not because negative attacks are just politics as usual. It is maddening because Sen. Scott ... Read more »
- Bloomberg News: Warren Beating Brown Would Send First Woman to Senate
May 11, 2012
By Esme Deprez, Bloomberg News (May 11, 2012)
Warren’s background as a consumer advocate and decades spent researching how government policies impact the middle class will help her sway voters, said Barbara Lee, who founded an eponymous foundation devoted to researching and boosting female participation in politics. A study by her ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: Mother Knows Best
May 9, 2012
Huffington Post: Mother Knows Best
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (May 9, 2012)
Mother’s Day is a time to reminisce and to look ahead. It’s a reminder of our childhoods, the memories we have of the important maternal figures in our lives, how much they’ve done for us and how far ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: Momma’s Boys
March 27, 2012
Huffington Post: Momma’s Boys
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (March 27, 2012)
I recently had the honor of introducing the First Lady of the United States, who was in Boston for an event at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
The evening’s opening act was a panel discussion about women’s health with Stephanie ... Read more »
- The Hill: Women are the Real Game Changers Today
March 21, 2012
By Taylor Marsh, political analyst – 03/21/12 05:56 PM ET
In the New York Times in October 2011, Barbara Lee, president of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, whose goal is to get more women “engaged in politics,” made a defining observation: “Men who have the slightly relevant experience will jump in ... Read more »
- Bloomberg News: “Warren Wages ‘War of Imagery’ to Claim Brown Senate Seat”
March 9, 2012
By Tom Moroney – Mar 9, 2012 12:29 PM ET
“She has the spirit of Ted Kennedy,” said Barbara Lee, a philanthropist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an early Warren supporter. “Her goal is to make a difference.”
For Warren, her first bid for elective office is a way to further a career ... Read more »
- Huffington Post: Bellbottoms and Skinny Jeans: To Everything There Is a Season
February 14, 2012
Huffington Post: Bellbottoms and Skinny Jeans: To Everything There Is a Season
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (February 14, 2012)
Last week I was cleaning out my closet and found sweaters and handbags that I hadn’t worn in a decade or two (but who’s counting). I decided to resurrect a few ... Read more »
- Roll Call: Coach: ‘Well-Spoken Woman’ Tough, Likable
December 2, 2011
“Coach: ‘Well-Spoken Woman’ Tough, Likable”
By Laura Barron-Lopez, Roll Call (December 1, 2011)
A study conducted by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, an organization that partners with nonpartisan groups to further the role of women in politics, found that women need to be likable and tough to please the public.
That ... Read more »
- Emily Rooney: How Political Ads Differ When Women Are The Targets
November 30, 2011
November 30, 2011
We’ll look at the new anti-Elizabeth Warren ad and how political attack ads differ when the target is female. Plus, why the latest allegations against Herman Cain might prove to be the most damaging yet.
Click here for audio: The Emily Rooney Show
- New York Times: Heaven Is a Place Called Elizabeth Warren
November 18, 2011
Heaven Is a Place Called Elizabeth Warren
By Rebecca Traister, The New York Times (November 18, 2011)
And yet, on a deeper level, her popularity makes perfect sense. Embracing Warren as the next “one” is, in part, a way of getting over Obama; she provides an optimistic distraction from the ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Huffington Post: In Committee: Women Senators, Reproductive Rights and the 2012 Elections
November 17, 2011
In Committee: Women Senators, Reproductive Rights and the 2012 Elections
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (November 17, 2011)
Fewer pro-choice women in the Senate would mean fewer advocates for women’s health, safety, and reproductive freedom. But beyond the numbers, losing pro-choice women lawmakers who serve on key committees could destabilize a ... Read more »
- Boston Globe: City Council race shows how far Boston has come
November 10, 2011
City Council race shows how far Boston has come
By Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe (November 10, 2011)
With the retirement of veteran councilor Maureen Feeney, a Pressley loss would have left Boston with its first all-male council in nearly 40 years. As a result, women rallied to Pressley’s side, including Barbara ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Huffington Post: Women, Sex, and Clarence Thomas: What Has Changed (And What Hasn’t)
October 11, 2011
Women, Sex, and Clarence Thomas: What Has Changed (And What Hasn’t)
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (October 11, 2011)
Hill’s testimony during Thomas’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings energized and empowered American women to forge a national dialogue about the ways in which men use sex to maintain power in the ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Warren Taps on Massachusetts’ Glass Ceiling, But Can She Break Through?
September 23, 2011
Warren Taps on Massachusetts’ Glass Ceiling, But Can She Break Through?
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (September 23, 2011)
Elizabeth Warren speaks passionately about the bread-and-butter issues that most Americans say they care about right now. Her compelling biography tells a story of success through hard work, skill, and determination. As ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Huffington Post: Balancing Act: Leading in Tough Economic Times
September 23, 2011
Balancing Act: Leading in Tough Economic Times
By Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (September 23, 2011)
I remember when Jennifer Granholm was elected governor of Michigan in 2002. It still was whispered that perhaps a woman couldn’t handle the pressures of high office, or that the country wasn’t ready for a woman ... Read more »
- The Emily Rooney Show
September 20, 2011
September 20, 2011 (noon)
Thinking about a gubernatorial run? New research says being female may be an advantage. 2010 was a turning point for women running for governor but, not so fast. Voters also set a higher standard for women. And while some handily clear that high bar, those who don’t ... Read more »
- The Hill: Barbara Lee Op-Ed
July 27, 2011
“A New Playbook for Female Candidates”
By Barbara Lee, The Hill (07/26/11)
This is the new playbook for female candidates. Women and their campaign teams now recognize — and indeed strategize around — women’s unique appeal to voters. Whereas voter bias against women historically has been a liability in campaigns, the ... Read more »
- ElectWomen Magazine Features Barbara Lee’s New Research
July 26, 2011
“No longer a disadvantage to being a women candidate”
by Kathy Groob, ElectWomen Magazine (July 26, 2011)
When Barbara Lee began her research to study the relationship between gender and campaigns for women governors, it was 1998 and there was clear data showing that female candidates held a distinct disadvantage. ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Huffington Post: Summer Reading
July 22, 2011
by Barbara Lee, Huffington Post (July 22, 2011)
One of the best parts of summer — with its quiet weekends and long hours of daylight — is catching up on the reading I’ve missed. Are you still looking for books to take with you on summer vacation? From my ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Huffington Post: Pomp and Circumstance
June 2, 2011
Somewhere among the estimated 1.7 million new college graduates of the class of 2011 is the future of American politics. By the numbers, this should also mean a surge of new women leaders on the horizon. But even though 57 ... Read more »
- Barbara Lee: Huffington Post: In Budget Debate, Democratic Women Stand for Women
April 20, 2011
Democratic women in Congress have been a powerful reminder of the critical role women legislators play in advocating for women and families. I often write about this, but this week I invite you to watch and listen to these women themselves. Their ... Read more »
- Boston Globe: LTE: After Ferraro, question remains: What do women want?
April 2, 2011
April 02, 2011
IN HER thoughtful piece about the late Geraldine Ferraro (“Ferraro grasped import, pitfalls of historic role,’’ Op-ed, March 29), Joanna Weiss makes an important point about the overall decline in young women’s support for women candidates.
As we saw in 2008, many young women were not ... Read more »
- MORE Magazine: Is Experience Overrated?
March 24, 2011
More Magazine (March 2011)
“In difficult or transitional times, women are more likely to be chosen for leadership jobs in which the likelihood of failure is high,” says Barbara Lee, a Boston philanthropist who started a foundation, which bears her name, to promote women in politics and the arts. Cliffs are ... Read more »
- Boston Phoenix: Adrienne Kimmell: Women are being used as political bargaining chips
March 2, 2011
Boston Phoenix “Will Women Fight Back?” (03/02/11)
Republicans trying to gut four decades of women’s progress have met with very little resistance — but that’s changing
- Boston Magazine: Barbara Lee: One of 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston
January 25, 2011
- The Republican: Even in progressive Massachusetts, women lag behind men in world of politics, UMass study shows
December 18, 2010
Published: Saturday, December 18, 2010
By Stephanie Barry, The Republican
Successful women politicians in Massachusetts include, from top left, Suzanne Bump, auditor-elect, Therese Murray, Senate president, Gale D. Candaras, state senator and Elaine A. Plutoa, Holyoke mayor.
Mary E. Hurley became Springfield’s first female mayor in 1989 after a ... Read more »
- Boston Common Magazine: Art Awakenings
December 15, 2010
Collector Barbara Lee is changing the face of contemporary art in Boston and beyond.
- Julie Burton and Barbara Lee address “Manning Up” on Politico
December 7, 2010
Julie Burton and Barbara Lee address “Manning Up” on Politico Joe Scarborough’s recent opinion column, “Joe Scarborough tells GOP to man up and confront Sarah Palin,” (POLITICO, Nov. 30) recycles the tired sexism of the 2010 election cycle. Scarborough’s premise is nothing new — we heard repeated demands to “man ... Read more »
- Boston Globe: Letter: Loss of women lawmakers a step back on many levels
November 17, 2010
Published in the Boston Globe November 17, 2010
KUDOS TO the Globe for covering one of the least-reported outcomes of this year’s election: the net loss of women in the Massachusetts Legislature (“Women’s ranks on Beacon Hill drop,’’ Page A1, Nov. 10).
This is a step backward in women’s political equality ... Read more »
- Women were at forefront of winning statewide campaigns
November 11, 2010
By Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Manolia Charlotin, Reporter Staff
Published November 11, 2010
One of the headlines coming out of the 2010 election cycle is the decrease in women serving in the 200-member Legislature. For the first time since 1998, the number of women will fall, decreasing to ... Read more »
- New York Times: Letter: When a Woman Runs Against a Woman
November 11, 2010
Published in the New York Times on November 11, 2010
To the Editor:
“2010 Faltered as a New ‘Year of the Woman’ in Politics” (news article, Nov. 6) quotes Representative-elect Kristi Noem of South Dakota saying her recent race was “easier” and she didn’t “worry about perceptions” based on gender ... Read more »
- Women: The Key To The Future of Progressive Politics
July 7, 2010
Women, run for office! Please!
It’s a call I issue probably every day, but never has the need struck me as badly as it did yesterday, when I listened to a panel on women in politics at Netroots Nation in Las Vegas. Moderated by Gloria Feldt, former president of ... Read more »
- Cambridge philanthropist holds fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, other women candidates
May 22, 2010
Cambridge philanthropist holds fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, other women candidates
Posted May 22, 2010 @ 08:09 AM
Four women U.S. Senators facing 2010 reelections and one new Senate candidate gathered in Cambridge Friday night for a fundraiser at the home of local philanthropic-activist Barbara Lee. Lee ... Read more »
- WCF Honors Women Leaders Wendy Mackenzie, Barbara Lee and Ambassador Swanee Hunt with WCF “Wendy” Shattered Glass Award at New York City Gala
February 26, 2010
Women’s Campaign Forum
February 26, 2010
WCF Honors Women Leaders Wendy Mackenzie, Barbara Lee and Ambassador Swanee Hunt with WCF “Wendy” Shattered Glass Award at New York City Gala
Washington, D.C. – The Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF), founded in 1974, is the only nonpartisan political venture capitalist organization supporting women leaders ... Read more »
- Penn State professor says female governors have better chance at becoming president
January 25, 2010
The Morning Call
January 25, 2010
Penn State professor says female governors have better chance at becoming president
Why don’t more women governors become presidential candidates? Whether you supported her or not, Sarah Palin’s executive experience as governor of Alaska was more than John McCain, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton could claim.
Most ... Read more »