ADVISORY: Sen. Claire McCaskill and Stephanie Cutter on Women’s Political Power in 2012

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, December 12, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) will join Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and former Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter at the Center for American Progress for a discussion on women’s political power in 2012 and how women’s voices will drive the policy agenda.

In a myriad of ways, the outcome of the 2012 elections hinged on women. With the largest gender gap for a presidential election in Gallup poll history, President Barack Obama won the female vote by 56 percent to 44 percent, and the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.

The 113th Congress will include 20 female senators, and more women will be serving in the U.S. House of Representatives than ever before, with 78 congresswomen elected to serve. Women now make up nearly 51 percent of the U.S. population. For the first time in U.S. history, women make up half of all workers on U.S. payrolls, and nearly two-thirds of mothers are either their family’s primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner.

PBS Newshour’s Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff will lead the distinguished panel in a conversation about what women should do with their new power in Congress and how women’s voices will be reflected in policy agendas and legislative priorities.


Featured speakers:
Sen. Claire McCaskill
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Stephanie Cutter, former Obama Deputy Campaign Manager
Nancy Keenan, President, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:
Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS Newshour


December 12, 2012
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005


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