Gender and Politics in the media

US: GOP Women’s News Edition. Rev. Peterson: A ‘Mistake’ To Let Women Vote. How Nixon Tried to Woo Women.

Top donor rallies GOP women Politico One of the Republican Party’s most prominent female donors is striking out on her own in an effort to steer more of the GOP’s ample financial resources to conservative women running for office.

Pennsylvania energy executive Christine Toretti, who served as the finance committee co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee in 2012, told POLITICO she will head up a super PAC dubbed Women Lead. The organization aims to drum up contributions from other deep-pocketed Republican women and use them to promote women running across the country in 2014 and beyond.

Conservative Women Work to Bridge Gap Between the Republican …Town Hall Over the past decade, the Democratic Party has achieved electoral success by painting the GOP as ‘anti-woman.’ Case and point: in 2012, President Obama won 58% of the women’s vote between ages 18-49. Former Chairwoman of the South Carolina Republican Party and host of this year’s summit, Karen Floyd, voiced the problem with many women’s perceptions of the Republican Party:

The perception that the GOP is “anti-woman” is a recent phenomenon evidenced in this past presidential election, when large numbers of women were persuaded that the GOP wanted to ban birth control, even though no Republican candidate supported such a policy.

The messaging worked particularly well with single women under the age of 35, resulting in widespread disenchantment of the GOP driving women away from Mitt Romney and other candidates of the GOP.

The summit is geared towards educating and empowering conservative women who hope to turn the women’s vote back in favor of the Republican Party.

GOP women gather to discuss connecting with women Bellingham Herald CHARLESTON, S.C. — Some of the nation’s most influential conservative Republican women gather in Charleston this weekend for a meeting on how the party can better reach women voters.

The Bridging the Gap Summit will be attended by conservative columnists Ann Coulter and Star Parker, as well as conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch and Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

Republican activist Karen Floyd of Spartanburg, the first woman chair of the South Carolina GOP who is organizing the event, said the summit is about refining messages, recruiting the next generation of political leadership and networking to provide support for women who may offer to run for office.

GOP needs more women leaders Greenville News Unless a relevant and coherent message to women voters is crafted, the Republicans will be a minority party for decades to come. The numbers speak for themselves. According to a Pew Research Center report, (Nov. 26, 2012) after the presidential election, President Barack Obama won 58 percent of the 18-49 year old women. He won the 18-29 year old vote among Hispanics, African-Americans and women by double digits. Unfortunately, there is no indication that this “gap” will self-correct.

Despite great women in the GOP, watching the public debate last election was beyond depressing. The gross mischaracterization of the GOP’s “War on Women” taunted the party’s reputation.

GOP women gather in Charleston to discuss connecting with female …Spartanburg Herald Journal CHARLESTON — Some of the nation’s most influential conservative Republican women gather in Charleston this weekend for a meeting on how the party can better reach women voters.

The Bridging the Gap Summit will be attended by conservative columnists Ann Coulter and Star Parker, as well as conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch and Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

Republican activist Karen Floyd of Spartanburg, the first woman chair of the South Carolina GOP who is organizing the event, said the summit is about refining messages, recruiting the next generation of political leadership and networking to provide support for women who may offer to run for office.

Christina Elmore/postandcourier.com Conservative columnist Ann Coulter begins her keynote speech Saturday morning at the Bridging the Gap Republican women’s summit at Memminger Auditorium.

GOP women discussing “Bridging the Gap” at downtown summit today Charleston Post Courier More than 100 Republican women on Saturday disputed the idea that women voters can’t relate to conservative values and discussed how the party could strengthen its base by drawing support beyond its current camp.

“Bridging the Gap” kicked off Friday night with a welcoming reception at the S.C. Aquarium and continued on Saturday with a series of meetings at the Memminger Auditorium. The event was thrown by Palladian View and was the digital magazine’s third annual Women’s Summit.

The gathering aimed to tackle some of the party’s challenges, including a lack of women in leadership roles and the struggle to appeal to young women and minority groups.

Some of the party’s most influential women were in attendance, such as provocative columnists Ann Coulter and Star Parker.

Prominent Female GOP Donor Says Republicans Assumed She Was the Secretary PoliticusUSA A prominent female donor to the Republican National Committee in 2012 is breaking off to head a Super PAC called “Women Lead”, so that her agenda to get more women elected won’t get co-opted by the boys party.

When It Comes To Women’s Success, Can Gender Cut Both Ways? Forbes Ranking an impressive 21st on the Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Clark has experienced first-hand how gender can cut both ways when working toward the highest levels of leadership success. Clark gained global recognition in 1999 when she was elected New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister, an office she held for three consecutive terms. As one of the few female heads of state, “you tend to become more widely known than perhaps your own little country size and influence would justify,” admits Clark who ultimately viewed this spotlight as a benefit.

Richard Nixon with his wife, Pat, and daughters, Tricia and Julie (Derrick Bostrom/flickr)

How the Nixon Administration Tried to Woo Women The Atlantic …In another memo, Franklin went on to suggest a number of measures the Nixon Administration could take to court female voters, including a comprehensive plan to involve women in the 1972 Republican National Convention. Her tips:

Select women to serve as chairman of four or more on the platform sub-committee. This representation of women is absolutely vital! (Only one woman sub-committee chairman will be labeled “Tokenism”!)

The first lady is a precious commodity! Convention events involving Mrs. Nixon should enhance her new prestige — and not pull her back down into “women’s events” which could appear too frivolous or mundane. (Let’s hope we do not have any frivolous or mundane events for women!)

Additionally, we should do all we can to minimize inadvertent and unconscious comments and activities which could undo the image we are trying to project, i.e., great commotion when a woman speaks, men making jokes about ‘Women’s Lib.,’ and so on.

The women candidates we need Washington Post “Just lunch, or is it Campaign 2016 just getting started?” one pundit breathlessly asks of a meal between President Obama and his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. The New York Times does a deep dive into the Clinton Foundation, while others list “The People Already Rearranging Their Lives for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign.” And every major news outlet has asked some form of this question: Is America ready for a woman president?

A Question of How Women’s Issues Will Fare, in Washington and …New York Times …Ms. Russell’s position, ambassador at large for global women’s issues, was created by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009 to elevate one of Mrs. Clinton’s longtime causes.

But Ms. Russell’s new boss, Secretary of State John Kerry, is primarily focused on forging Middle East peace, not women’s issues. The question at the State Department, and among Mrs. Clinton’s friends, is whether the ambassador at large and women’s issues over all will get the attention they once did.

So far the White House says yes.

Gender Gap Doesn’t Budge In Virginia Governor’s Race Minnesota Public Radio Bob McDonnell handily won the women’s vote by eight percentage points that year. Virginia has a limit of one four-year term for governors which prevented …

A gender gap in local offices? Symposium to push for more women …Santa Cruz Sentinel APTOS — While women have formed some of the biggest political stars in Santa Cruz County history, there is some concern locally that the future may not look …

The future of “women’s issues” under Secretary of State John Kerry Salon A Friday piece in the New York Times asks whether or not Catherine Russell, the State Department’s ambassador at large for global women’s issues, will …

In North Carolina ‘Eligible Voter’ is Newspeak for Rich White Male …PoliticusUSA In Republican newspeak, eligible voter is code for voters who are rich, white, male and Republican. When Republicans speak of “widespread” voter fraud, what …

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