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Women's Leadership Programs

The women's leadership programs at the Carl Albert Center seek to address the historic under-representation of women in politics, public service, and other leadership roles. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders. We accomplish this mission through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for women in Oklahoma.

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N.E.W. Leadership Program

2013 N.E.W. Leadership at the Capitol

The N.E.W. Leadership Institute is open to all undergraduate women in Oklahoma as well as Oklahoma residents attending a college or university outside the state.  The 2016 N.E.W. Leadership program will be held May 20-24 on the Norman campus of The University of Oklahoma.  The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.

Each year, we select approximately thirty undergaduate students to participate in the program.  While the program is offered at no cost to the participants, the application process is highly competitive. Students are chosen based on numerous factors including, but not limited to: individual leadership potential, maturity, ability to deal with challenges, and capacity to reflect on one’s own personal strengths and weaknesses, special interests, unique characteristics or diverse experiences which contribute to the N.E.W. Leadership learning goals, interest in politics, public service or public policy, and a commitment to participate fully in the N.E.W. Leadership institute.

N.E.W. Leadership Brochure (PDF)

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Pipeline to Politics Program


If you are supporting a candidate, launching your own campaign or advocating for an issue, this training is for you!

Pipeline to Politics is for women who are interested in increasing their involvement in politics and public service. This intense, one-day program informs participants about effective organization and communications strategies to lead successful political or issue advocacy campaigns. The goal of this nonpartisan program is to address the historic under-representation of women in politics and public life by providing participants the tools to be successful. 

Professional consultants and elected officials from both sides of the political aisle will be on hand to lead interactive discussions and help you find “all the right pieces” for a successful campaign. 

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Take Your Daughter to the Capitol Day

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With the generous sponsorship from Halliburton, the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center is proud to host Take Your Daughter to the Capitol day! In this program, the Carl Albert Center joins a larger partnership with the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University and the White House’s Equal Futures Partnership. 


Take Your Daughter to the Capitol is intended to expose girls and boys to opportunities in public service at an earlier age and to empower families and organizational groups to have conversations about the importance of leadership and public service as career choices. Women are underrepresented on every level of leadership and recent studies reveal that this trend starts at a young age. Specifically studies suggest that young boys are more likely to see a political career for themselves than young girls, that parents are more likely to encourage young boys to think about political careers than young girls, and that young girls are less likely to receive encouragement from anyone to run for office

Take Your Daughter to the Capitol Worksheet Packet (PDF)