Women in Politics | Leadership and Political Participation

Hon. Katarina Barley (MEP); Amb. Melanne Verveer and HuffPosts Amanda Terkel



The event was streamed live from this page on Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST 


Women in Politics: 
Leadership and Political Participation


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Honorable Katarina Barley
MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament,
Fmr. Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador for Global Women's Issues 2009-2013

Amanda Terkel
Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost (Moderator)


Two years after the election of the most diverse Congress in U.S. history, 25 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action advocated for a progressive vision for women’s rights, 100 years after women’s suffrage in the United States, and in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis exacerbating the challenges facing women in public and professional life in Europe and the United States, we are proud to present Women in Politics: Leadership and Political Participation. This timely conversation will address the ongoing struggle for full political participation and the creation of a more just world, and the ever-increasing numbers of women who are motivated to run for political office.



Honorable Katarina Barley @katarinabarley 
Katarina Barley was elected to the European Parliament in 2019, where she also serves as Vice-President. A member of Germany’s SPD, MEP Barley has served as Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. She holds law degrees from France and Germany and a doctorate in European law. 

Ambassador Melanne Verveer @MelanneVerveer 
Amb. Verveer served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries and developing the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Amb. Verveer currently serves as the Special Rep. on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. 

Amanda Terkel @aterkel 
Amanda Terkel is the Washington Bureau Chief at HuffPost. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org. She is a graduate of Colgate University and can be reached at aterkel@huffpost.com, or on Twitter  Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth: aterkel.substack.com.

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