Speaker Beth Harwell to Host 2013 Right Women, Right Now Summit - Will Lead Republican Efforts to Elect More Women Nationwide
Washington, D.C. (September 4, 2013) –Today, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced Speaker Beth Harwell will host the RSLC’s 2013 “Right Women, Right Now” Summit in Nashville, TN September 9thand 10th. Harwell, who serves as a co-chair of the RSLC’s initiative to identify, train and support women to run for state level office, will lead the Summit’s efforts to recruit candidates to better reflect America’s full diversity.
“I’m honored to host this gathering of over twenty-five women elected leaders from across the country. Together, we will accomplish the goals of ’Right Women, Right Now ‘ to recruit 300 women to run for first time office and become our future Party leaders,” said Harwell. “Our Party, and more importantly our nation, must increase the number of Republican women in state level office to bring needed voices to debates on job creation, education reform, healthcare and how to improve the economy.”
Harwell noted that last cycle, the RSLC's “Right Women, Right Now” identified 185 new Republican women candidates from 36 states, yielding 84 new Republican women elected to state offices in 2012. This cycle, the RSLC has committed to recruit 300 new Republican candidates and elect 150 of them, spending $6 million to do so as part of the overall Future Majority Project that recruits women and minority candidates to run for first time office.
“Speaker Harwell is an outstanding leader for the state of Tennessee, a star within our Party and a passionate advocate for families across the Volunteer State,” said “Right Women, Right Now” Director Jill Bader. “We commend her for her commitment to growing strong women leaders and thank her for hosting our ‘Right Women, Right Now’ summit.”
Harwell, the first woman Speaker in Tennessee History, is Co-Chair of “Right Women, Right Now” along with Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL), Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (WI) and Secretary Kim Wyman (WA).
The 2013 “Right Women, Right Now” Summit will take place in Nashville, TN on Sept. 9 and 10, 2013. Attorney General Pam Bondi will give the keynote address. Hosted by Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, the gathering will bring together over 25 elected women and supporters from across the nation to address how to support women at all levels of elected leadership.
Details on the “Right Women, Right Now” press conference elected leaders on September 10th will be released in the lead up to the event. For information on preview stories or to speak with women leaders, please contact Jill Bader at firstname.lastname@example.org and 202 448 5271.
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the office of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state legislator. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, the RSLC invested in 42 states, breaking previous fundraising and political spending records, set in 2009-2010, with an increase in fundraising by 28 percent to $39 million and an increase in direct political spending by 35 percent to $27 million. This cycle’s effort picked up six new legislative chambers, saw a net gain in over 30 chambers, created or expanded 16 Republican supermajorities and picked up two new attorneys general. Additionally, the RSLC successfully launched the Future Majority Project, spending more than $5 million in direct support of Republican candidates of Hispanic descent and women, and investing to expand digital outreach efforts to millennial voters. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.RSLC.com or follow @RSLC on Twitter.