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Virtual Panel to Discuss New Research on Girls’ Leadership, Tips to Foster Girls’ Leadership in Schools

Webinar will feature new research on closing the leadership gap by NEA, AAUW and Tufts University

WASHINGTON - September 26, 2014 -



 Educators and community leaders will hold a virtual panel discussion and report release: “How Educators Can Help Girls Lead”

LILY ESKELSEN GARCÍA, President, National Education Association
KEI KAWASHIMA-GINSBERG, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service at Tufts University
KORI HAMILTON, Senior Education Equity Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
JILL SHOWMAN, English Teacher, Wasilla High School and Trainer, NEA Women’s Leadership Training Program
JOHANNA JAARA ÅSTRAND, Swedish and Social Sciences Teacher, and Executive Board Member of Lärarförbundet, the Swedish Education Union
NOA GUR-ARIE, Co-President of School Girls Unite and Senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland.
MADELEINE KENNEDY-MACFOY, Ph.D. Programme Officer, Education International, Belgium


This panel will be presenting and discussing new research on girls' leadership, insights about international innovations and challenges, and share tips to facilitate learning environments that foster girls' leadership. This survey report was commissioned by the National Education Association and the American Association of University Women, and conducted by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement based at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.


 Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. EST.


Virtual Event: (You will need to install Firefox or Chrome browser. After verifying you have either browser, you will need to install a Google Hangout Plugin. Attendees outside of the United States may have to change the extension (.com) to your standard country extension) Click here to RSVP.


Women account for half of the U.S. population, yet are underrepresented in public leadership roles, holding only 24 percent of seats in state legislatures; 12 percent of mayoral seats in the 100 largest American cities; 10 percent of governorships; 20 percent of seats in the U.S. Senate; and 18 percent of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Schools provide a venue for addressing persistent gender leadership gaps by creating a pipeline of girls and young women who are interested in taking on future leadership roles. Educators play an important role in supporting student leadership development and in shaping the perceptions of all students about girls’ and women’s suitability for leadership.

 Please click here for NEA’s Girls’ Leadership and Equity Toolkit

To submit a question to NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia via Twitter before the event, visit:

To download NEA’s Girls Leadership and Equity Toolkit, please click here or go to Follow NEA at Join the conversation and track events by following #GirlsLead.


The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Sara Robertson  (202) 822-7823,