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March 2014
Missed our last webinar on peer education to promote preconception health? Click here for the recorded presentation. 
(Please excuse our momentary sound issues - we were trying out some new technology.) 

In the News!     

We are excited that North Carolina Central University Dept. of Nursing's  Cradle Me 3 Project was recently featured in the Durham Herald Sun! Check out the full article here.   

ACA Facts 
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Great News! According to a report by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, women are outpacing men in signing up for health plans. Additionally, the number of young adults signing up grew in the month of January. Women in the South need coverage - let's keep the momentum going in March. 

Not sure about all the fuss around contraceptive coverage? Raising Women's Voices is dedicating their e-newsletters to what's going on with the contraceptive lawsuits and providing clarity to the media jargon.      
Southeastern Leadership  
There are many leadership trainings and programs across the southeast. Here are a few: 
Georgia Women for a Change Policy Institute provides a year long advocacy and leadership training. The purpose is to increase the number of women leaders in the public policy process.

The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership in Mississippi has a few Women's Leadership Initiatives including the NEW Leadership program.
The American Association of University Women of Alabama's Ready to Run initiative is a nonpartisan program that trains women who are interested in running for office, working on a campaign, or working in public leadership.  
The NC Center for Women in Public Service provides the Women in Office Institute that offers trainings needed to build leadership skills and seek elected office. 
Read Our Blog!  
Our latest blog post features an article written by a member of a student group from a Health Policy & Management course at UNC, Chapel Hill. The group is assisting with the EWSE Coaliton as we expand our reach. Click here to read her post.

Women in Leadership and Politics   

March is recognized nationally as Women's History Month. For 2014, the National Women's History Project's theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, and along with that our focus for this month's newsletter is on Women in Leadership and Politics.    

Globally, women often experience barriers and obstacles in participating in the political sphere of society. Discriminatory laws, educational gaps in politics, and institutions still hinders women's options to vote, hold leadership positions, and/or run for political office. To address this, UN Women developed programs on leadership and participation.

Although, there are pipeline leadership programs for women across the nation, ensuring that women actually fill leadership roles and succeed requires more work. As presented in the article written for the Harvard Business Review, Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers, businesses and agencies undermine their diversity efforts when they don't address gender biases in policies, practices, and office norms. Becoming a leader is an interactive process that requires, according to the article, internalizing a leadership identity and developing a sense of purpose.
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) established a national bi-partisan program called NEW Leadership to educate college women about the political process and train them in becoming effective leaders. The program was developed to address the under-representation of women in American politics. There are programs across the nation including three in the southeast - AL, SC, and MS. CAWP also provides fact sheets with current listings of Women in the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. 

An example of innovative women leadership is the partnership between Getty Images and LeanIn.org in which they recently launched the Lean In Collection of over 2,500 photos of female leadership in contemporary work and life. Buzzfeed.com did a feature of this partnership and showcased some of the amazing, sleek, modern, and diverse images in their article. Check out the full article here.          
Featured Women Leaders
...from the South    
There are several prominent women leaders from the south whom have made considerable progress, not only in the south, but across the nation. One such leader is Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, 18th US Surgeon General from 2009-2013. She received several of her degrees in universities across the south, but more notably, served her patients in a rural clinic health clinic in Bayou La Batre, AL. Dr. Benjamin went on to serve simultaneously as Surgeon General and as the first chair of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, which helped develop the National Prevention Strategy. Click here for more information.

Although not from the South, Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD (Hon.) and other midwives created the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in the U.S. She later produced the book Spiritual Midwifery, which brought her notoriety and has been credited with the popularization of direct-entry midwifery. She has won many awards, written several publications, and since 2006 has been featured in four documentaries, including the Business of Being Born.                  

Tell Us What YOU Think!  


What are your leadership experiences? Did you participate in any leadership trainings? Want to share your story or advice?  We'd love to share any resources - books, websites, apps, etc - that you find useful! 

Stay Connected! 

We had a great series of seminars this past fall on a variety of exciting topics.  If you didn't get a chance to tune in, it isn't too late! Just click here to access all the archived webinars.  
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