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The third part of the Educational Forum Series, The Changing Faces of Power: Women in Politics, was held on March 25, 2008 at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington DC. The series of events was hosted by the League of Women Voters and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.


Mary G. Wilson
President, LWVUS

Eleanor Clift
Series Moderator

Sue Carroll
Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP); Rutgers University

Maren Hesla
Director, WOMEN VOTE!, EMILY?s List

Leslie Sanchez
Founder and CEO, Impacto Group LLC

Ilana Goldman
President, Women’s Campaign Forum


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About the Participants

Series Moderator: Eleanor Clift
Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine where she reports on the White House, presidential politics, and a variety of national issues.  Clift is the co-author of two books: War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics (1996), and Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (2000), and author of 2003’s Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment, which she researched in part at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

Sue Carroll, Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP); Rutgers University
Sue Carroll was instrumental in developing the pioneering graduate program in women and politics within the political science department at Rutgers University.  She has written extensively on women’s political participation including women candidates, voters, elected officials, and political appointees, and the recruitment and impact of women state legislators and members of Congress. She has received numerous awards for her professional achievements. Her recent research examines gender and political representation and the role of gender in elections.  A nationally recognized expert on women’s participation in politics, Carroll has been quoted in numerous major newspapers and news magazines and appeared on numerous national television and radio news and commentary programs. Carroll received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and her B.A. in history from Miami University in Ohio. She taught at George Washington University before coming to Rutgers in 1981.

Maren Hesla, Director, WOMEN VOTE!, EMILY’s List
Maren Hesla directs the Women VOTE! program at EMILY’s List – an independent expenditure campaign that mobilizes women voters on behalf of pro-choice Democratic women. Maren’s background includes work with the national Democratic Party, as a manager and pollster. She served as the southern regional director for the Democratic National Committee and as national field director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She was Senior Associate at The Feldman Group, a Democratic polling firm for five years.

Ilana Goldman, President, Women’s Campaign Forum
Ilana Goldman is the President of the Women's Campaign Forum, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting women as leaders in politics.  She has senior management experience spanning the political, business, and nonprofit worlds, with a focus on entrepreneurial ventures.   Goldman holds an MBA from Harvard University as well as a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and was recently named a “Woman to Watch” by Washingtonian Magazine.

Leslie Sanchez, Founder and CEO, Impacto Group LLC
Leslie Sanchez's Impacto Group LLC is one of the few women-owned communications and market research firms in the United States, Leslie Sanchez has become a much sought after voice on social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging U.S. Hispanic community. Hispanic Business magazine named her one of the nation's "100 Most Influential Hispanics." A former Bush administration official, Leslie is known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the political and cultural landscape inside—and outside—Washington, DC.  Leslie is a frequent columnist and her public analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, as well as NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Univision, Telemundo and leading PBS programs, including News Hour with Jim Lehrer.