Branching Out: Opportunities for Women to Make a Difference in the Three Branches of Government
Hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee, First Judicial District Women Judges' Initiative and the National Association of Women Judges
The power and influence of women has never been more important. Women not only can change the conversation, but they can affect concrete changes in our political and social climate. Women are creating and taking the opportunity to make a difference in governmental public service.
Women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected/appointed office. Our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership. But women have faced obstacles such as lack of confidence, an unwillingness to fundraise, sexism and racism while campaigning, lack of party support and other barriers that cause them to think twice before running or to drop out of their race.
This CLE program will begin with a comparison of the executive, judicial and legislative branches highlighting the differences between appointments v. elections. Then our panelists, women in each branch of the government, will provide guidance regarding:
- Differences in running for judicial office compared to legislative office
- Challenges faced regarding diversity and effects on campaigning - being the only diverse person in the room, relating to the constituency in the elected region, diversity in mindset, etc.
- Benefits of including more women in policy decisions
- Media and social media issues:
- Tips for successfully navigating interviews addressing controversial topics
- Using Social media to effectively reach constituents
- Campaigning and fundraising - ethical and legal constraints
- Pathways to leadership
The Philadelphia Bar Association is a non-partisan organization and the presentation of and participation in this program does not serve as an Association endorsement for any one party or any one candidate.