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NCSL Talks Hollywood: Women on Screen and Behind the Camera

Los Angeles—NCSL’s Legislative Summit brought more than 5,000 people to Los Angeles, and the Women’s Legislative Network closed out the week by putting Hollywood front and center.

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Help Us Compile the 'Wise Women Legislative Guidebook'

After the arduous election campaign, a newly-elected woman legislator walks through the doors of the statehouse for the first time as a representative of the people.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Los Angeles—The headlines continue to tout a wave of women running for office this year, but time (83 days until the midterms!) will tell whether this election marks an increase in the number of women serving in state legislatures.

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Wanted: Nominees By June 30 for the Women in Politics Making a Difference Awards

In the lead- up to election season, we want to celebrate the women in state legislatures today. The Women’s Legislative Network is seeking nominees by June 30 for the third annual Women in Politics Making a Difference Awards.

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Women Legislators Cross 25 Percent Threshhold

This is a banner year for women in state legislatures, as 2018 marks the first time that the share of female legislators nationwide has crossed 25 percent.

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Female Lawmakers Discuss Fundraising Ideas, Strategies

Research about women in politics tells us there is a perception among potential female candidates that fundraising is too large of a hurdle for them to overcome and run for office. Respondents think that they will have a harder time raising money than men. 

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Senator Yvonne Colomb: Women Making a Difference in Politics

“Loyal … confident… relentless. Those are three of many words that come to mind when I think about Senator Yvonne Colomb.” This was the opening line of Colomb’s nomination for the 2017 Women Making a Difference in Politics Award. 

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Senator Karin Housley - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Growing up in Minnesota, Senator Karin Housley never had political aspirations.  She recalls, “I had school teachers for parents that didn’t talk about politics. I moved out of Minnesota when I was 18. My husband (Phil) was in the NHL (former star defenseman and current coach of the Buffalo Sabres) and we moved a lot.”

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In Virginia, Women Ran and Women Won

The election in Virginia has proven to be a tipping point for women in state legislatures.

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Representative Kay Khan - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Representative Kay Khan didn’t take what most would consider the traditional path into politics. As a girl, she was inspired by her mother’s leadership and strong voice in the PTA—a voice that would eventually lead her mother to testify on child nutrition before Senator Hubert Humphrey and Congress. 

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.