Now in its fourth consecutive year, The Atlantic’s Women of Washington event series, underwritten by Exxon Mobil Corporation, brings together eminent women leaders for one-on-one conversations. The 2013 series featured: White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in conversation with Atlantic Media's Linda Douglass; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano with Linda Douglass; Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen with Linda Douglass; Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in conversation with MSNBC's Karen Finney; and Barbara Bush, Vanessa Kerry, and Catherine Connor with moderator Susan Dentzer, analyst on health policy for PBS and others. Select photos from the series can be viewed on our Facebook page.
On October 11, the final session of the 2013 series convened a special panel of women working to make a difference in the field of global health. Barbara Bush, Vanessa Kerry, Catherine Connor, and Susan Dentzer joined The Atlantic for a discussion on each of their individual initiatives to improve global public health.The women shared their experiences working to ensure people everywhere have access to basic health care and to save the millions who are susceptible to treatable diseases in the developing world, and reflected on their personal decisions to pursue their respective paths.
On September 25, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined The Atlantic in the fourth installment of the 2013 Women of Washington event series for a conversation on the budget, the future of the economy, and her experiences as a Hill power player, wife, and mother in Washington. As the first female chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Patty Murray is at the forefront of the issues surrounding the current sequester and post-recession economic growth. The Senator discussed life on and off Capitol Hill and shared her insights on what needs to be done to build a sustainable, healthy American economy. The conversation was moderated by MSNBC's Karen Finney, host of Disrupt with Karen Finney.
On July 31, The Atlantic and Exxon Mobil convened for the third session in the 2013 Women of Washington event series, featuring a conversation with Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Atlantic Media Senior Advisor Linda Douglass moderated the discussion which covered Tchen's career as a Chicago litigator before joining the Obama administration as the Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement in 2009. Tchen recalled her experiences building her career both in Chicago and in Washington, sharing personal anecdotes as well as personal advice on building a fulfilling career.
As the first female chair of the National Governors Association, the first female Attorney General of Arizona, and most recently, as the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano has set a precedent for women in Washington and across the country. In the second installment of the Women of Washington series, Secretary Napolitano shared her experiences heading the Department of Homeland Security through some of America’s most trying times. In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of DHS, the conversation explored the future of Homeland Security and Secretary Napolitano’s plans for building a more effective “DHS 3.0” to address the rapidly evolving national security landscape.
From the campaign trail to the halls of the West Wing, Valerie Jarrett has played a significant role in the administration’s biggest decisions. The first gathering of the 2013 series took an inside look at Valerie’s personal life and various roles, from her work as an advocate for women as Chair to the White House Council on Women and Girls to her experiences as one of the select few with the ear of the world’s most powerful leader.
Also in This Series
Women of Washington
The Atlantic’s series of interviews with eminent women leaders in Washington continued with Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Fifteen Years Later:
Are We Any Safer?
The Atlantic will explore the nation’s homeland security to examine the strengths and remaining vulnerabilities of our security apparatus and our preparedness to prevent the next terrorist attack.
The New Old Age
Since the turn of the 20th century, average life expectancy has been rising steadily. In the United States, we can now expect to live an average of three decades longer than our great-grandparents. As we collectively age, our societal understandings of the rhythms of an average lifespan have been slow to adapt. With nearly 10,000 baby boomers moving into retirement every day, The Atlantic will examine the shape of the new old age and its impact on society.