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May 27, 2008

Institute will teach young women how to lead and network, June 1-6

Whether or not Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic Party's nomination for president, one thing is for certain: her candidacy has demonstrated that women in America are eager and prepared to lead at the highest levels.

To help prepare women in Iowa for their own leadership roles, the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center will host the Iowa National Education for Women's (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute June 1-6 in Iowa City. The institute's theme: "Thirty women. Five days. One mission: empowering women to lead."

Thirty undergraduates will come together to develop public leadership skills, learn about civic involvement and network with women in public leadership from across Iowa. While registration for the institute is full, two related events are free and open to the public:

--At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, journalist John Bowe will read from his book "Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the new Global Economy," in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. "Nobodies" exposes the outsourcing, corporate chicanery, immigration fraud and sleights of hand that allow forced labor to continue in the United States.

--At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 5, former Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson will deliver the institute's keynote address in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol Museum at 24 Old Capitol in downtown Iowa City. A reception on the main level of the Old Capitol Museum will precede the keynote address.

Jessica Hook, coordinator of Iowa N.E.W. Leadership, said WRAC is committed to including women from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds in each Iowa N.E.W. Leadership institute. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. And to ensure financial accessibility, Iowa N.E.W. Leadership provides food, housing and program materials at no cost to participants.

"Participants of Iowa N.E.W. Leadership will gain the skills and confidence they need to be the future leaders of Iowa," said Hook.

Faculty-in-residence for this year's institute include:

--Former state Sen. Maggie Tinsman, who served in the Iowa Senate from 1988 to 2007, including stints as a member of the Human Resources, Judiciary, State Government and Appropriations Committees and as co-chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Sub-Committee.

--Dale McCormick, who has spent more than two decades fighting for jobs, economic justice, health care for all, human rights and equality for women, was the first woman in the country to complete a carpentry apprenticeship with the carpenter's union and is author of two books, including "Against the Grain: A Carpentry Manual for Women" and "Housemending: Home Repair For The Rest of Us."

--Stefanie Bowers, the Human Rights Coordinator for the City of Iowa City.

Developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in 1991 and conducted at 17 universities nationwide, the nonpartisan N.E.W. Leadership program has supported aspiring leaders throughout the country for more than 16 years.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jessica Hook, WRAC, 319-335-1488,; Stephen J. Pradarelli, University News Services, 319-384-0007,