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Pennsylvania 2012 Project

The 2012 Project is a national, non-partisan campaign established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of the once-in-a-decade opportunities of 2012. The 2012 election presents a unique opportunity to increase the numbers of women in office. Following the 2010 census, every congressional and state legislative district in the country will be redrawn, creating new and open seats. I have included a one-pager on their mission for your review.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) will lead the efforts for the Pennsylvania 2012 Project to create a state-based coalition. As a first step in building this coalition, the PCWP will bring together individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing women and gender parity in government through the Western Pennsylvania Inaugural Conference on September 23rd. The goal of the conference is to education citizens on the process of redistricting as well as its role in shaping governance and representation for the next ten years or beyond. Pennsylvania is slated to lose a congressional seat in this round of redistricting; therefore, the PCWP is focusing its efforts on the state legislature.

The objectives of the Pennsylvania 2012 Project are to:

  • Increase awareness of the paucity of women in elective office in the state of Pennsylvania; and
  • Increase the number of women in Pennsylvania who engage in the political arena either by supporting a campaign and/or running for elective office.

In order to continue the educational campaign beyond the Inaugural Conference, the PCWP will the offer Ready to Run™ Campaign Schools in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. We will also alert local and state media about the Pennsylvania 2012 Project and spread the message online and through social media.


Pennsylvania 2012 Project: Western Pennsylvania Inaugural Conference

a statewide effort to increase the number of women in politics

Featuring a Keynote Address by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics

Friday, September 23
Omni William Penn Hotel, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


8:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am Panel of Experts: Redistricting in Pennsylvania
Senator Jay Costa (D-43)
Senator Jane Earll (R-49)
Mary Hughes, The 2012 Project
Barry Kauffmann, Common Cause PA
Moderator: Deb Acklin, WQED
10:30am Strategy Discussion Groups
11:30am Elsie Hillman Chair in Women Politics Keynote Luncheon

Please email Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics by Monday, September 19th if you're interested in attending!