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The White House Project will offer a series of events at the Democratic National Convention, in Denver, Colorado (Aug. 25 – 28). This is the 100th anniversary of Denver's 1908 Democratic National Convention.[1] 

The White House Project will also offer events at the Republican National Convention [2] in Saint Paul, Minnesota (Sept. 1 – 4). Both conventions are scheduled later than usual this year, in order to launch campaigns after the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The White House Project is a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), that aims to “advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. By filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women, we make American institutions, businesses and government truly representative. Through multi-platform programs, The White House Project creates a culture where America’s most valuable untapped resource—women—can succeed in all realms.”

Marie Wilson

White House Project President and Founder, Marie Wilson, will be one of many high-profile women speaking at "Unconventional Women," an historic, non-partisan symposium uniting 3,000 women at the DNC.

Wilson founded The White House Project in 1998. Prior to that, for nearly two decades, she was the President of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and was co-creater of Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Wilson also authored the critically acclaimed, Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything, which was re-released with a new afterward in January, 2008.

Additional DNC events include The White House Project's 10th Anniversary Celebration, and a celebration of Shirley Chisholm with a screening of Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed, (sponsored by Best Buy and Mills College).

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Shirley Chisholm circa 1968.

The RNC events include a reception and exclusive screening of the documentary film, "14 Women" (hosted in partnership with Best Buy and Women's Leadership Forum (WoLF), and the premier late-night convention party for women,

 "Political Chicks a Go-Go" (hosted with Lifetime Networks and RightNOW.) 

The White House Project is a partner in Women, Power and Politics, a 10-month online exhibition at the International Museum of Women, which has covered everything from body politics to religion.


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For the remainder of the year, the exhibition is focusing on democracy, voting, campaigning and women working together across borders. The exhibition is currently calling for submissions from women and men around the world.  It showcases inspiring stories of women claiming and exercising their power. There is a different focal topic each month. Upcoming topics include: 

“Why is Voting Important?”

September, 2008.
Submit before August 1, 2008 to be considered for a featured story. General submissions welcome until December 31, 2008.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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