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The transforming power of women's leadership

From the March 2003 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Robin Read is President and CEO of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), an organization established to provide strategic resources to elected women for leadership development and effective government. Read has worked as a businesswoman, broadcaster, and teacher in the private sector; in the public sector she has worked at the US Department of Agriculture, in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She lives in Washington, D.C.

"Significant changes have taken place within the NFWL over the last eleven or so years. People look to us now, and to our members."

This is Robin Read's take on recent progress within the organization, and the NFWL has the résumé to back her up. Originally begun as the National Order of Women Legislators, which has been around since 1938, the NFWL was established in 1983. And in the last decade the NFWL has been instrumental in making positive changes in government. More than just a support group for women legislators at all levels, the NFWL has played an essential role in everything from getting nominees for public service confirmed to helping break down barriers when policies become stymied because of partisan politics.

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