At Women In Government’s 24th Annual State Directors Conference and Ninth Annual Healthcare Summit, Cherisse Eatmon, Director of MAP’s State Caucus Network, moderated a session on “Women, Politics, and the 2018 Election Cycle.”
The energetic panel discussion included commentary from a diverse group of panelists including Ms. Betsy Fisher-Martin (Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute at American University), Ms. Atima Omara (President & Founder, Omara Strategy Group), and Ms. Susannah Wellford (President & Founder, Running Start).
With an audience of female state legislators and government affairs specialists from across the country, the group discussed everything from their personal voyages to becoming female political leaders, to visions for our democracy after the 2018 midterm elections. From her experiences advising numerous political campaigns, Atima provided insight on how traditional mindsets on gender roles influence opportunities for candidates and elected officials.
In today’s environment where America’s voters are constantly bombarded by media on televisions, radios, and cellphones, Betsy shared her expertise on the media’s role in informing the electorate and strategies voters can use to get out of “information bubbles” where they run the risk of only receiving viewpoints similar to their own. Susannah shared her experiences encouraging women of all ages to run for office and become more civically engaged. Conference participants asked questions examining their personal challenges as female elected officials and developed strategies for overcoming obstacles and building the momentum of women in politics.