In November, Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany’s first female chancellor. Last week Michelle Bachelet was the first woman elected as president of a major Latin American country and Liberia inaugurated their first female president in Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Constitutions in 50 countries have quotas for female representation, yet the US ranks 67th in the world for women in national legislatures or parliaments. With women holding just 15% of the 535 seats in the 109th US Congress and only 26% of statewide executive offices, the topic for the third President’s Radio Show is extremely timely and provocative.
On Monday, Jan. 23, President Gearan will welcome Donna Brazile and Torie Clarke to discuss “Women in Politics” on the radio show, to be broadcast live on WEOS-FM (89.7) beginning at 7:30 p.m. from the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Those in the area are invited to join the President and his guests in the Sanford Room to watch the broadcast in person. The hour-long debate between the two CNN commentators and presidential advisors, to be moderated by President Gearan and student panelists, will cover women’s involvement in politics in the past, present and future.
Joining President Gearan to explore and debate the role of women in government will be Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and Republican strategist Torie Clarke. Brazile is a campaign consultant in Washington, D.C. with many impressive credentials. She is the founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.
She was also a senior political strategist and former campaign manager for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 Presidential campaign. Before that, she was chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia where she helped guide the District's budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill.
Brazile is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN’s Inside Politics and American Morning. In addition, she is a columnist for Roll Call Newspaper and was a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine.
Clarke was most recently the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, and she is credited with embedding correspondents with military units in Operation Iraqi Freedom and shaping the public's understanding of the war on terrorism. She also served as press secretary for President George H.W. Bush's 1992 re-election campaign and a close advisor to Arizona Senator John McCain. As Assistant U.S. Trade Representative during the first Bush Administration, Clarke worked extensively with journalists from around the world.
Before her career in Washington, Clarke was President of Bozell Eskew advertising, head of the Washington office of Hill and Knowlton, Vice President of the National Cable Telecommunications Association and a photographer for the Washington Star.
The President’s Radio Show features prominent call-in guests from a variety of backgrounds discussing current issues of local, state and national importance. Started in the Fall of 2005, the show is led by President Mark Gearan and a group of student panelists.
For more information about past shows, visit the President's Radio Show website.