It was a pleasure learning and listening with everyone today. We will have more photos, videos, etc. as we begin to process the amazing experience that was today’s conference. As most of you probably know, the event was live-tweeted @WLAHarvard. To read the live-tweets chronologically, start at the very bottom, and scroll up.
Packed room at the 7th Annual Conference
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“Join me. The cause is ours.” #19percent #wlaconference @WLAHarvard
@Schriock1 Thank you for everything! We’ll never forget the thrill of learning from you today! #womensupportingwomen #19percent
RT @WLAHarvard @Schriock1 “As you make your way reach behind u & grab your sister to make sure she comes too-We must move forward together”
And everyone: stay safe in #nemo!
ENORMOUS thank you to everyone who attended & to all our speakers,@AlisonOmens @Schriock1 @mlkrook @brandihoffine @wutrain@FawziaKoofi77
Koofi: #Elections aren’t about how good you are..it’s about support. If we fail in 2014 election, then we fail.
Koofi: People are fed up with the leaders leading with violence and guns; I have all the social networks behind me.
Koofi: Afghanistan is not a poor country, and it’s an important country geographically
Koofi: second is drug trafficking, third is lack of good government and rule of law; these two elements must be reformed internally
Koofi: three challenges that afghanistan faces; first: insecurity
Koofi: with social media, the world will not be uninformed about what is going on in Afghanistan anymore
Impassioned remarks by @FawziaKoofi77 pic.twitter.com/JzVLhvuH
Koofi: The second priority is #democracy
Koofi: “#Women have come a long way.”
Koofi: “Women’s issue, women’s rights, should be the priority.”
Koofi: “It’s important for all of us to understand that the war in Afghanistan is not just an Afghan war.”
“#Peace is a value. Nobody can oppose it.”
Koofi: every sector was invested in, without priority. together with corruption, this reduced the hope and enthusiasm that people had felt
Koofi: “We wanted to do everything, and huge expectations were raised without managing the expectation.”
Koofi: you could see “hope and enthusiasm in the eyes” of the Afghan people
Koofi: describes a “back to school” campaign for girls after the Taliban fell
Koofi: Article 22 of the Afghan constitution bans discrimination, which is really important for women
Koofi: “We have paid a high price for the words of ‘freedom’ and ‘sovereignty.’”
Koofi: could finally live without the fear of being beaten for not swearing socks, a burka, and other required clothing for women
Koofi: only after 9/11 did the Taliban regime fall apart
Koofi: “As a Muslim woman, I don’t see any space for that [cutting off hands as punishment for theft] in Islam.”
Koofi: recalls a man trying to beat her with a stone because she had nail polish on
@Schriock1: Thank you @WLAHarvard! You are great women and great supportive men standing together to make #19percent 50 and more.
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Koofi: what she faced as a woman gave her the “determination and the passion” to enter politics
Koofi: recalls her husband being put in jail for no reason other than marrying her, since she was from a political family
Koofi: had to stop her education because of the Taliban taking power
Koofi: originally wanted to be a doctor, to “cure the injuries of my nation”
Koofi: “I come from a family that basically paid a high price for being in politics.”
Koofi: we need to take time to reflect on our mistakes, so we can make change in the future
“Join me. The cause is ours.” – Fawzia Koofi
Closing remarks from @FawziaKoofi77, retaking the stage
Our final panel is done! Now, closing remarks from Fawzia Koofi #19percent#WLAConference
Fried: complete disenfranchisement of felons is not very common, as widely believed
Fried: “At the bare minimum, people who have felony convictions should know what their rights are.”
Clarke: another problem is that those who can vote from prison don’t get their votes counted for their own state, but where the prison is
Second question from WLA VP Nitzan Weizmann: How do laws not allowing felons to vote affect our conversation?
Gill: “Money is needed from the federal government, absolutely,” but agrees there needs to be flexibility for states
Gill: Role for federal government: implement minimum set of standards.
Clarke: thinks it has to continue to be more of a state-by-state movement
Clarke: “There just isn’t enough money. There’s not enough training.” -on problems of the election in PA
Clarke: money should be put into election administration #WLAConference
Time for questions! Question 1 from Lena Silver: Is putting the answer of federal voting in federal hands a possible solution?
Omens: as the electorate expands, our conversations will continue to change #WLAConference #19percent
Omens: the electorate expanded and changed in 2008 so much, and people did not think it would continue in 2012
Omens: used social media to get people the right information and get it to them wherever they are
Omens: AFL-CIO used social media (facebook, twitter) to reach people during the election, encouraging people to stay on line
Clarke: the voter id laws ended up backfiring by getting people really involved in collectively fighting back against them
Clarke: “There was so much anger at this obvious effort to take voter’s rights away.”
Clarke: “This is part of who we are. This is part of what makes me a person. This is part of what makes me a citizen.” #voting #19percent
Clarke: PA constitution “enshrines the right to vote,” unlike the US constitution
Gill: “Why don’t all states use online registrations?”
Gill: we need portable voter registration, so that when people move their registration follows them. but many states don’t have this option
@Schriock1 Thank you SO much for coming and being such a fantastic keynote — hope you can get back safely and quickly.
Gill: one way to ensure there is no disenfranchisement is planning ahead of time, training poll workers, etc
Gill: Lawyers’ Committee brought suit against Ohio in 2004 on disenfranchisement grounds, and that has brought about real change today
Gill: “I think we are getting to a place where we can actually have some real reform, at the federal and state level.”
Gill: section 5 has helped to block voter ID laws in this past election
Gill: for states with history of voting discrimination, they must pre-clear voting law changes; section 5 continues to be relevant today
Fried: To have every governor talking about this is “mindblowing,” the public is demanding something better. We might get to that better way
Fried: Nationally, there is real momentum; talking seriously about playing offense, passing laws that are better, make it easier to vote
A reason to be hopeful moving forward? Fried: 2008 #Obama campaign revolutionized #voterprotection - now you can’t ignore that it’s an issue
Fried: what we can take away from this is that we need to be creative; “there is a lot of room for innovation”
in-office absentee voting: go to your voting office, request an absentee ballot in person, fill it out right there, and return it same day
Fried: her team came up with an idea of in-office absentee voting, which had never been done before
Fried: The concern was “How are we going to make people feel like the right to vote is not lost?” when talking about the voting laws
Fried: Florida has specific voter access problems, and wanted to make sure to talk about voting “without absolutely terrifying the voters”
Hannah Fried, Florida Voter Protection Coordinator for the Obama Campaign now speaking #19percent
Omens: “We really need to educate people and have these conversations . . . about what is really at stake here.”
Omens: pro-voter ID law language is about preventing people from cheating the system, but the real issue is restricting the rights to vote
Alison Omens, Director of Media Outreach at AFL-CIO speaking now
Women as a group are most impacted by #voterID laws – maiden name IDs won’t work if they’re gotten married. #19percent
Very little effort to educate voters in these states on new #voterID laws. Early voting cuts. pic.twitter.com/sa11yBzK
Gill: limitations on absentee voting, limited opportunities to register to vote. PA laws disproportionately impact minorities, elderly.
Can you tell us something you grappled with leading up to the election?
Jennifer Clarke, Hannah Fried, Sonia Gill, and Cynthia Bauerly are our panelists now #19percent pic.twitter.com/vl7Jgxsv
Our final panel of the day is beginning: Voter Disenfranchisement: Whose Voices are Represented? #19percent
Schriock: Pathways: business women do very well and law women are more inclined to run, but it’s imperative to find women in ALL areas!
So excited and grateful to pull such a HUGE crowd despite the snow!#19percent @emilyslist @Schriock1 pic.twitter.com/LKPEG0fN
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Schriock on building diverse coalition: look to political and non-political organizations to recruit candidates. #19Percent
Q: Why only Democratic women? A: We’re pro-choice; policies matter. We’re most successful in this lane. But need more of ALL women in power!
Wonderful keynote address by @Schriock1 – taking Qs from audience nowpic.twitter.com/TYvAn4DF
Schriock: As you make your way up, reach behind you and grab your sister to make sure she comes, too. We must strive move forward together.
Schriock: Nobody gave women the chance to make a difference. They banded together and went out and found it. It takes courage! Don’t wait!
Schriock: 55% of men who self-identify as unqualified to run for office, do. Women need to be asked 7 times to run. THIS IS YOUR FIRST ASK.
Schriock: “It rests on our shoulders to bring other women to the table”#19percent #WLAConference
Schriock: Place for ALL interests in politics. You CAN do this. You MUST. Democracy depends on us. ALL of you need to join me.
Schriock: Emily’s List recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office.#wlaconference
Schriock: “We need women and girls in this country to feel like they can take risks.” #19percent #wlaconference
Schriock: Loss is not end of the world, just the end of the race. Girls and women need to take bigger risks. Emily’s List ready to train!
Schriock: no better advancement of women’s leadership than Title IX, opened so many doors, and very existence is thanks to women–Patsy Mink
Schirock: It took laws to open up opportunities for women. #19percent
Schriock: 98 women in Congress today. We have earned our seat at the table many times over, it’s our time to take our place at the head.
Schriock: quotes Obama–there is a reason he started with Seneca Falls, was just the beginning
Schriock: many people in Congress have the wrong priorities, so we need to send new people, new women to Washington, we play offense!
Schriock: women working in news worked so hard for little credit, men wrote vast majority of all cover stories, held few leadership position
Schriock: in 1986 there was no women’s bathroom in the Senate!
Stephanie Schriock, President of Emily’s List, speaking now in Milstein East as the WLA Conference Keynote Speaker #19percent
Chen: Romney would have been a great President
Chen: she had a feeling Romney was going to be running for President in 2008, and wanted to meet him
Chen: told her boyfriend that no matter what it cost, even though they didn’t have much money, they had to win that dinner.
Chen: at a public interest auction through HBS, Josh Romney auctioned off dinner with his dad (Mitt)
Chen: her boyfriend at the time, now husband, was at HBS and his classmate was Romney’s son Josh
Chen: first time she met Mitt Romney she was at HLS and Romney was governor
Chen: “Politics at the end of the day is really about people and how they interact with one another . . . .”
Chen: Romney campaign had women leading some of the most important divisions in the campaign, and major roles in strategy and advertisements
Chen: Romney “made a real serious effort to put women in the cabinet” when he became governor
Chen: “The sentiment behind it . . . was real.”
Chen: was in the rapid response room with Romney’s binder comment was made
Rosenfeld: was there an instance you had to reach out to women in particular?
Rosenfeld’s next question: what are some of your favorite or pivotal moments in the campaign?
Hoffine: it was satisfying to watch a man running for senate “admit I don’t know how this policy works”
Hoffine: when the personhood law came up the two male candidates were asked by a male moderator how contraception and IUDs work
Hoffine: Kaine said that when women make up 50% of the economy, we all have to pay attention to these issues
Hoffine: “A male candidate can very effectively deliver this message” when it’s framed as “family and economic issues” @timkaine
Hoffine: “The second question was about Virginia’s ultrasound law” at an all-male business forum, which brought them to a new realization
Hoffine: the men became defensive over these issues on behalf of their wives, daughters
Hoffine: “We stopped talking about them as women’s issues” which helped bring in male voters @timkaine #19percent
freedom, gender equity (equal pay), etc. Men cared about these issues too.
Hoffine: 19 months of exhaustive research ended up with a conclusion that the issues that moved these people were issues of reproductive
Hoffine: gender and women’s issues were one of the most significant factors in Tim Kaine’s campaign
Hoffine: did not work for a woman candidate this cycle, but agrees with Wu’s comments about women candidates
Chen: outreach to women and outreach to men should be the same, since we all care about the same issues
Chen: “Women care about jobs, about the economy”
Chen: the problem is that these comments are linked to other republicans, like Romney
Chen: “He said a really idiotic thing that nobody should say” (re: Aiken’s “real rape” comments)
Chen: commenting how the republican party tried to get Aiken to withdraw after his legitimate rape comments
Chen: noting that Santorum wrote a book that criticized women who work for abandoning their families
Chen: it’s not true, factually, that republicans want to ban birth control or prevent women from working
Chen: “As a republican, I gristle at the notion that there are women’s issues separate from other issues that we should all care about.”
Wu: reaching out to local media in addition to mainstream papers helped Warren’s @elizabethforma #WLAConference #19percent
Wu: the reporters were men and brought a male or gendered bend to the Liz Warren campaign
Wu: “You need to look beyond Scott Brown’s truck and his masculine image” to see what the candidates really had to offer
Wu: worried that women politicans will always be forced to jump through extra hurdles to legitimize themselves
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Wu: from day 1, wondering if the Warren campaign could come over the shadow of the Coakley campaign. @elizabethforma
Rosenfeld: What kinds of lessons have you learned on the trail?
Wu: inspirational experience on the Warren campaign @elizabethforma#WLAConference #19percent
Wu: each card actually reflected the issues of the local community reflected by the language
Wu: proudest of the fact that on the Warren campaign they had information cards in at least 10 different languages
Wu: jumped on Warren’s campaign the first moment she could, eventually moving to a role on engaging communities of color
Wu: her second experience was in Contracts with Elizabeth Warren#19percent
Wu: this made her interested in how city government runs and affects people’s everyday lives and bigger dreams
Wu: had to move back to Chicago to take care of her mom and opened a small restaurant, which was her first experience with city government
Wu: two instances drove me into politics
Wu: noting her surprise that her mother signed her up for this class, but realizes her mother saw the barriers in integrating
Wu: “When I was 5 years old my mom had saved up to sign me up for an etiquette class.” Wu “had never had a dinner with no chopsticks before”
Wu: comes from an immigrant family, and felt she was part of two worlds growing up
Michelle Wu is now introducing herself, reminiscing about her previous experiences in the audience at the #WLAHarvard conference
Don’t miss our panel on blazing the political trail, happening now in Milstein East! #19percent #WLAHarvard
Hoffman: quit her job to work for Tim Kaine on the trail when he decided to run for office
Hoffman: used to be responsible for watching every single McCain/Palin appearance and do rapid response. She can quote their stump speeches!
Hoffman: went to work for DNC to do opposition research, which was a male-dominated field
Hoffman: “I was itching to get back into politics.”
Brandi Hoffman is now speaking about her early experiences, including volunteering with local political campaigns in high school and college
I’ll be switching over to last names, so replace all the Katie’s with “Chen”!
Katie is telling us about how gender affected the work she’s done; she says it hasn’t affected her work at all #WLAHarvard
Katie joined Bush/Cheney campaign as associate counsel upon graduating from HLS #WLAConference
Katie took a semester off of college to work for a senate campaign#19percent
Katie was always eager to get into politics, and reminisces about her first job picking up phones on the Dole campaign
And Brandi Hoffine was the Communications Director for Senator Tim Kaine’s campaign
Michelle Wu just graduated from HLS (JD ’12) and is running for Boston City Council
Short bios for you. Katie Biber Chen was the General Counsel of Romney 2012 Campaign
Moderator for today’s panel is HLS Professor Diane Rosenfeld
Panel starting now, so run in and grab a seat near the front!
Coming up on the next panel “Tips from the Trail: Gender in Political Campaigns” have Katie Biber Chen, Michelle Wu, and Brandi Hoffine
@brandihoffine Excited to have you!
Thanks for joining us for our first panel, huge thank you to @mlkrook,@FawziaKoofi77, Cathy Allen, and Mindy Roseman. #19percent
Krook: No, why should we be forced to vote for MEN. I want to have a choice.
Krook: men majority of voters, but women are majority of population in many countries. Why should voters be forced to vote for woman, right?
Krook: Yes, we have fewer years of political exp; no wonder – women have been excluded. Work twice as much to be considered half as good
Krook: women are equally or better qualified than the men; the men haven’t completed high school, women have the advanced degrees
@thetiniestbird We’re rooting for you to get here!
Allen: it’s not #education or that they’re not ready. It’s a woman’s lack of self confidence that takes her out of the loop. “Yes, you can!”
Koofi: #political obligation, universal value for government to find the right people. #19percent
Koofi: put criteria right in the law. Easy to find corrupt men, but noncorrupt women, difficult? Mobilize support for right people
Koofi: how to get right people in right positions. Education, right connections. Some men come in without being able to read & write.
Audience Q: how do we respond to democratic ideal, with most voters being men?
Audience Q: To what extent do we have to first break down traditional gender roles? How do we go about doing that?
Allen: “I’ve gotta say…we’re ready.” #19percent
Allen: proof in the pudding – if you want to ignore quotas, it’s at your peril. This generation won’t tolerate women not being at the table.
.@mlkrook: “I just joined #twitter last week!” We know!
Women are qualified but need to be inspired to run for office. @mlkrook
Krook: We’re not stuck with what we have! Arrangements can be different. But waiting gets us nowhere. #19percent
Koofi: Universal values should be pushed more. Require us to support each other – basic right to political/social activity #19percent
Koofi: women in West take many issues for granted that are still a struggle in other countries. Even have to fight to have bank accounts
Last question by moderator: what kind of lessons have we learned from international experience? 1-2 talking pts for #American public
Allen: when women/men hear the “stupid things men say” to women, everyone exclaims “what idiot!”
”Men promise big things and they don’t deliver them; women promise small things and they deliver. That’s how women are gaining the trust of voters in Afghanistan.” – Fawzia Koofi
When there are #women in #politics, female constituents are more likely to contact their representatives #19percent
Mirror at #Swedish parliament, sign that says “First female prime minister” – could be you
.@mlkrook: Seemingly like at @Harvard_Law, in #Sweden parliament, no portraits of women
Great to have you all here at our 1st panel! @jessb_weiner @dianeew@AlisonOmens #19percent
Quota – “I don’t know of a good one, but I don’t know of a bad one either” – Allen
Allen: “20% is tipping point” – at that point, they start doing things – meaningful #guncontrol, other policy, across party lines
Voters to target to support women: young people, then men, then women. If young people voting, more likely to have women
ALlen: after you meet quota, you reach critical mass, start a process. “I have watched women move into govt who had no idea what govt does”
Allen: #American model is “it’ll happen somehow” – no longer global model of female #political involvement.
Must be quantity participation in order to ensure quality participation later.#quota #elections #women @FawziaKoofi77
They will talk about your clothes, your scarf, how covered your head is.
Women now willing to be agents of change. “But for us, we have to struggle from scratch” #wlaconference
Women missed out on political connections bc they had to stay home; no political support; not taken seriously because they have no weapons
Koofi: to pave way for women, need to have quota. In #Afghanistan, not quota for just political participation, but also gov offices
.@FawziaKoofi77: meaningful participation may not be there, #women there for sake of being women. There are weak women but also weak men too
How do we make sure participation is meaningful? Tokenism? Critical mass? Tipping point? Speak to #s.
Allen: next battle is equal access to capital #19percent
Allen: quota isn’t the panacea we’d like to see, each is different, they’re a little bad but means to an end; get #womens voices @ the table
Cathy Allen, President of The Connections Group: In #Afghanistan, asking for quota for # of women in colleges #education #genderequity
We may not have thousands of people, but the quality of people…#19percent
#Quotas will be the end of life as we know it — that is #alarmist. Analogy to#nemo
Changes in #USA have been much slower than elsewhere #19percent
#SaudiArabia - 20% quota which puts them ahead of #USA. #zimbabwe has 22% House, 50% of Senate. New global norm of #genderbalance
Quotas of elected women? @mlkrook: even countries where there is not a formal quota, there is some kind of soft target #19percent #elections
“If you want something said in #politics ask a man, if you want something done, ask a#woman” – Mona Lena Krook
Koofi: “Men talk about big things and deliver small” #zing #19percent
Koofi: “We have to support a woman because she will get elected anyway”#afghanistan #elections #19percent
Koofi: “Political participation is one of the means to pave the way for women” and reduce gender violence
Fawzia Koofi, Afghan Parliamentarian & Presidential Candidate: new constitution gave women a “new political life”
What countries are leading the way? What level of female participation are we seeing? #19percent
Our 1st panel is Models from Abroad: International Pathways to Women’s Political Participation
Getting started with our first panel, Mindy Roseman moderating #19percent
A huge thank you to #Kirkland&Ellis for making this possible.
Half an hour til showtime! Despite #nemo, we’re going full speed ahead.#19percent #wlaconference