Sunday, November 1, 2009

Emerge's Andrea Steele Advises Women to Keep Their Eye on Ball in a Letter to the NYTimes

The Sunday New York Times published a letter by Andrea Steele, the President and Founder of Emerge, an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive political training to Democratic women who want to run for elective office.

November 1, 2009


Obama’s Male Hoop Buddies, and a Bigger Arena

To the Editor:

I read your Oct. 25 front-page Washington Memo, “Man’s World at White House? No Harm, No Foul, Aides Say,” and as the leader of an organization dedicated to getting Democratic women in positions of political power, I would say to my female friends, Let’s not be diverted.

President Obama may be playing basketball with the boys, but he has appointed an impressive group of women to key positions of power, and we need to make sure that he continues to do so.

The United States is 84th in the world in terms of women’s representation, and we have just 17 percent female representation in Congress. While Mr. Obama is dribbling the basketball with the boys, let’s work hard to get more women elected at every level of local, state and federal government.

Andrea Dew Steele

President and Founder

Emerge America

San Francisco, Oct. 25, 2009

For more information on Emerge, check out their website

Note: the Director of the Women & Politics Institute, Jennifer Lawless, serves on the board of Emerge.