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New York City councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito smiles as she speaks after being elected speaker of the city council inside of City Hall in the Manhattan borough of New York on Jan. 8, 2014. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

NYC Council to launch initiative targeted at young women of color

05/14/15 09:38AM

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Thursday morning will announce the Young Women’s Initiative, the first city initiative in the nation designed to invest specifically in the futures of young women of color. “For too long, young women in New York City have experienced systemic disparity in all areas of life, whether its... read more

Carly Fiorina is the anti-Hillary, officially

05/04/15 10:43AM

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chair who for months has positioned herself as the anti-Hillary Clinton, let her essential role in the election be known Monday morning when she officially declared her candidacy for president in 2016 with a video featuring not herself, but the former secretary of state. ... read more

Baltimore City State Attorney Marylin Mosby, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 29, 2014. (Photo by Cassidy Johnson/Baltimore Sun)

Meet Marilyn Mosby, the woman overseeing the Gray investigation

04/30/15 03:32PM

Baltimore's state's attorney probably did not expect to be thrust into the national spotlight during her fourth month on the job. And yet Marilyn Mosby — the youngest top prosecutor of any major city in America — now finds herself playing a key role in a local drama that has gripped the country.The 35-year-old is tasked with... read more

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, March 23, 2015.

Hillary Clinton hires first-ever female presidential campaign CTO

04/10/15 08:26PM

Hillary Clinton is not officially in the 2016 race, but the former secretary of state is already building a powerhouse digital team led by women – just in time for her planned presidential announcement this Sunday. The latest addition to the all-but-declared Clinton campaign is Google executive Stephanie Hannon, who was hired Wednesday to be her... read more

Let Me Finish: Leading ladies of D.C.

04/24/15 08:10PM

Let me finish with the spate of TV dramas about hot-shot women politicians. I speak tonight as a fervent fan of Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife," someone hooked on Robin Wright's Lady MacBeth-like role in "House of Cards." Not only that, I speak to you as a regular watcher of "Madam Secretary" with Tea... read more

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) addresses delegates during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sep. 6, 2012. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz hits back at Rand Paul in abortion fight

04/13/15 03:49PM

MIAMI, Florida -- Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has spent the last week sparring over abortion politics with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), who challenged her after his announcement to say “if she's OK with killing a seven-pound baby that is not born yet” when pressed to clarify his own abortion position. And while... read more

Women in Politics: College Edition -- Florida State University

03/10/15 02:41PM

Welcome to Women in Politics: College Edition, where promising women leaders in student government on college and university campuses across the country will be featured on msnbc.com. Julianne Simson has been nominated to represent the Florida State University as a leader making a difference not only through key issues on campus, but in bridging... read more

Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina speaks at the New England Council's "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford, N.H., Feb. 10, 2015. (Photo by Gretchen Ertl/Reuters)

Carly Fiorina finds something nice to say on Clinton

04/13/15 02:01PM

Carly Fiorina is positioning herself as the GOP’s alternative to Hillary Clinton, criticizing her at every turn and vowing to stop the former Secretary of State from using the “woman card” in 2016. But on Monday’s “Morning Joe,” even Fiorina couldn’t deny part of Clinton’s so-called woman card: “Of course Hillary Clinton has opened doors for... read more

Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina listens to a question from the media after speaking at the New England Council's "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford, NH Feb. 10, 2015. (Photo by Gretchen Ertl/Reuters)

Carly Fiorina on chances she'll run in 2016: higher than 90%

03/29/15 02:13PM

Former CEO and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday the probability she’ll formally start a 2016 campaign is “higher than 90 percent” and that she will likely announce in early April or mid-May.Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer, told “Fox News Sunday” that she still needs to get “the... read more

Senator Debbie Stabenow speaks at a panel at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala at Washington Hilton on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty for EMILY's List)

Women fired up at Emily's List event

03/03/15 09:33PM

Influential women in government -- from senators and mayors to a governor and city councillor -- along with actors, feminist leaders and campaign operatives (including some men) were fired up here Tuesday over the future of women -- and yes, some were even angry. ... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the 30th Anniversary National Conference of EMILY's List on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

For Hillary, a haven amid a storm

03/04/15 12:48AM

There were no signs of political clouds under the sky-blue ceiling of the cavernous hotel ballroom where Hillary Clinton basked in the admiration of hundreds of her most ardent and powerful supporters Tuesday night in Washington at the 30th Anniversary Gala honoring Emily’s List.After perhaps the most difficult day of her post-State Department... read more

Sen Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) takes the stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 5, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty)

Longest serving woman in Congress to retire

03/02/15 10:06AM

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland — the longest serving woman in Congress who made a name for herself as a tough-as-nails lawmaker and strong supporter of women’s issues — announced on Monday her plans to retire. At a news conference, the 78-year-old Democrat and former social worker said she would not seek re-election at the end of her term in... read more

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