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From the White House to American University

Celebrate Women’s History Month With Women Making Their Mark in The Political Arena

WHAT: American University Celebrates Women’s History Month with Special Guests Including former chief of staff, director of White House Council on Women and Girls and ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

WHO: Anita McBride, former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush and newly appointed executive-in-residence, American University’s School of Public Affairs

Jennifer Lawless, professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs and director of AU’s Women & Politics Institute

The Honorable Melanne Verveer
, ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

Tina Tchen, director, White House Office of Public Engagement, and executive director, White House Council on Women and Girls

WHEN:  5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010
         
WHERE:  Katzen Arts Center, American University
             4400, Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

MEDIA: Mary Beth Wood, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or marybeth.wood@american.edu

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2010)—Anita McBride, former chief of staff for First Lady Laura Bush, will make her first public appearance as executive-in-residence for American University at a special event being held on March 23, 2010 in honor of Women’s History Month. The event, which showcases the efforts being made by the Obama Administration to draw attention to the needs of women and girls in the U.S. and abroad, will be moderated by McBride.

“Having participated in the Washington Semester Program as a student, I have a very special place in my heart for American University,” states McBride. “In my new role at AU, I am going back to a university that helped launch my public service career in Washington, D.C.”

Jennifer Lawless, professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs and director of AU’s Center for Women & Politics Institute, will open the event with a brief overview of the role women have played in politics and the efforts being made to bridge the gap in political leadership.

“Despite the famous faces of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Nancy Pelosi, the fact remains that men dominate U.S. political institutions. Women’s History Month not only celebrates how far we’ve come, but also calls attention to how far we have to go to level the playing field for women in politics. In fact, 84 nations surpass the United States in the percentage of women serving in the national legislature,” said Lawless.

The event includes a panel discussion with the Honorable Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, and Tina Tchen, director, White House Office of Public Engagement, and executive director, White House Council on Women and Girls. Both panelists will address the following questions:

  1. 1. What challenges have you faced as leaders? What difficulties have you overcome?
  2. 2. What are your goals as leaders?
  3. 3. What has been accomplished? What still needs to be done?
  4. 4. What led to the creation of your office and why were you chosen to lead?


American University’s President, Neil Kerwin, and Dean of the School of Public Affairs, William LeoGrande, will also be in attendance.

Ranked among the top schools of its kind, American University’s School of Public Affairs offers public affairs education on the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. The school is also home to research centers and institutes in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice. American University School of Public Affairs is the only school of its kind with three accredited graduate degrees: MPA, MPP, and executive MPA. Graduates of the school are active in global policy legislation, advocacy, and in the nonprofit and private sectors. 

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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