A expert political panel discusses the role of women in politics in 2012, and the future of women's politics."
Michelle Bernard is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy. She is a frequent political and legal analyst on television and radio shows including MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Ms. Bernard is the author of Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before and is a contributing author to the National Urban League’s “State of Black America.” In 2009, she created, co-produced, and hosted MSNBC’s historic television program, “About our Children,” which featured Dr. Bill Cosby and explored poverty and education reform.
Ms. Bernard is the former president and chief executive officer of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) where she founded IWF’s Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative. As a political and legal analyst, she has spoken on topics as varied as the 2008 presidential campaign, the political participation and voting trends of women and African Americans, education reform and school choice, the war in Iraq, and advancing the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. Ms. Bernard holds a BA in philosophy and political science from Howard University and earned her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Susan Page is the Washington Bureau chief of USA TODAY, covering her 9th presidential campaign (and still trying to get it right). She's interviewed the past 8 presidents and reported from 5 continents.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents Washington state’s fifth congressional district, currently serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives. She is the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, and is also a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 20th congressional district, serving since 2005. She is a member of the Democratic Party and the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.
A expert panel of female political strategists forecast when a woman will be elected president of the United States. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, argues that while the presidency is a strong goal, women should target positions of leadership throughout the political system.