Calhoun County Women's Summit on Government Leadership will feature guest speaker Laura Sojka, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. The event will launch a large-scale public education campaign in Calhoun County to raise awareness about the lack of women in elected office. Sponsored by The 2014 Project Alabama, affiliated with Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, working with a group of Calhoun County women, the event is open to the public. There is no cost for the event; however, registration is required. Email your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number(s) to AudreyThe2014ProjectAL@gmail.com.
Sojka will share methods that inspired a record number of women across the United States to run for public office on a state and national level in 2012. Her research interests include state legislatures, gender and race in politics, campaigning and elections, voting behavior, and political economy issues. She earnd her AB in Theatre, Honors Tutorial College; MA in Political Science, Ohio University; MPA in Campaign Management, University of Alabama; and is currently a PhD Candidate, Political Science, as well as completing her MA in Women's Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
The 2014 Project Alabama is a statewide, nonpartisan campaign to increase the number of women in the United States Congress and Alabama Legislative Districts and Executive Branch in 2014.