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January 11, 2014

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May 16-20, 2014

N.E.W. Leadership Institute
University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus
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Oklahoma ranks 49th among state legislatures for the proportion of Women in Elective Office

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OETA Forum
2012 Election Political Roundtable
November 6, 2011
With one year to go before the 2012 election, we discuss the political climate and recent development in politics with:
Neva Hill, Political Strategist and President of Neva Hill & Co.
Sheryl Lovelady, Former Strategist and Pollster, Women's Leadership Initiative, OU
Keith Gaddie, Ph.D., Political Science Professor, OU and Editor of Social Science Quarterly
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OETA Forum
Women in Leadership
October 24, 2011
We discuss changing roles of women in leadership with:
Major Gen. (Ret.) Rita Aragon, Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs
Laura Boyd, Ph.D., Business Owner and Former State Representative
Sheryl Lovelady, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute, Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, OU
Charifa Smith, Owner, Sage Restaurant<click here to read more>

Ponca City News
Status of Oklahoma Women in Lovelady’s Program
September 25, 2011
Even though Oklahoma elected a woman governor, the state ranks 49th among state legislatures for the proportion of women of women, according to Sheryl Lovelady, director of Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Oklahoma.
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The Oklahoman
Oklahoma governor in no hurry to appoint women
July 22, 2011
News that Oklahoma's first female governor has replaced some female appointees with men could trigger the usual glass ceiling alert. More telling than what Mary Fallin has done in her first six months in office is what she will have done after three years.
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Routes University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Election Leads to Historical Showdown
September 24, 2010
On July 27, blue and white signs were held high above smiling faces as the crowd gathered. Many supporters waited for Oklahoma’s fifth district United States Representative Mary Fallin to appear at the watch party held in her honor. <click here to read the entire article>

The Oklahoman
More Women Seeking Seats in the Oklahoma Legislature
June 27, 2010
More women are running for legislative offices this year in Oklahoma, the state with the second-lowest percentage of female lawmakers in the country. If every female candidate wins her race, the number of women in the Legislature could nearly double after the November elections.
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The Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Center seeks to address the historic under-representation of women in politics, public service, and other leadership roles. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders. We accomplish this mission through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for women in Oklahoma.

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