Vision 2020 Announces National Initiative to Address Gender Equality Issues that Persist 90 Years After American Women Receive Right to Vote

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Women represent more than 50% of the U.S. population yet hold under 20% of top leadership positions.

WHAT: National project to advance gender equality, Vision 2020 announces selection of National Delegates from all 50 states and District of Columbia, to initiate “An American Conversation about Women and Leadership” launching a 10-year project leading up to the Year 2020, the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment.    

Across the leadership spectrum recent reports(1) show women are stalled at 18 percent – with numbers much lower among women of color. So few women are at the leadership table with men, and the country is not benefiting from their ideas, talent and experience.

WHEN:     
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
9:30 a.m.    Registration, Continental Breakfast
10 a.m.     Announcement, Q&A

WHERE:     
National Press Club
Zenger Room
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20045

WHO:
Lynn Yeakel, Vision 2020 co-chair and director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
Lynn was a founder and CEO of Women’s Way and a founder of the National Women’s Funding Network. She is a former Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a former candidate for U.S. Senate.

Catherine Ormerod, Vision 2020 project director
Cathy has more than 25 years experience in the academic, nonprofit and public policy arenas. She was founding director of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College; and held senior leadership positions at Women’s Way and Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She ran her own nonprofit consulting firm and lectured on social policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Kaplowitz, Vision 2020 delegate selection co-chair
Karen is currently president of The New Ellis Group, a business development consulting firm she founded after a 25-year career as a highly respected trial lawyer in Los Angeles.

About Vision 2020
Vision 2020 is a national project of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. In 2010, Vision 2020 will develop and launch its decade-long action agenda to move America toward equality by inspiring and engaging new generations of women and men to finish the work of the suffragists, who pursued women’s right to vote as fundamental to social and economic justice. The centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be celebrated in 2020.

(1) The White House Project Report, “Benchmarking Women’s Leadership,” Nov. 2009. http://www.thewhitehouseproject.org/documents/Report.pdf

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