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The New Founding Mothers

Women's Changing Paths to Political Power
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In collaboration with More magazine.
On the night of Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the state of New Hampshire made political history by becoming the first state ever in which female politicians held every top office. As glass-ceiling-shattering as this development is, women still hold only 18.5% of the 535 seats in Congress. As we look toward a 2016 presidential race with several strong female contenders, however, it is undeniable that women's political fortunes in this country are rising.
In the December/January issue of More Magazine, New America Emerson Fellow Alexandra Starr chronicles the rise of what is being dubbed New Hampshire's "matriarchy." By following the roads that Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, Representative Ann McLane Kuster, and Governor Maggie Hasaan have taken to get to where they are today, Starr explores new points of entry for women in politics, the conditions that create a political culture conducive to electing women, and the struggles that women still face when they attempt to enter this historically (and currently) male-dominated field.
On February 4th, join the New America Foundation's new Breadwinners and Caregivers program and More Magazine for a discussion on the rise of women in politics.

Join the conversation online using #newfoundingmothers and following @NewAmerica. 
If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in to our live webcast of the event. No signup is required to view the streaming video.  


Representative Ann McLane Kuster
New Hampshire, 2nd District

Representative Chellie Pingree
Maine, 1st District

Alexandra Starr
Emerson Fellow, New America Foundation
Jennifer Duffy
Senior Editor, The Cook Political Report
Stephanie Schriock
President, Emily's List

Liza Mundy
Director, Breadwinners and Caregivers Program, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036