It should be less about political candidates’ genders and more about their agendas, director of marketing and communications for a women’s advancement organization said Monday evening in the Kelly Alumni Center.At the 12th Annual TCU Women’s Community Dinner, Candace McAdams, a 1998 TCU graduate, along with Barbara Ann Radnofsky, candidate for U.S. Senate, addressed an audience of students, faculty and community women on issues concerning women in politics.
The White House Project, the organization McAdams represented, is a non-profit organization aimed to advance women’s leadership in all communities.
McAdams said it’s time for the United States to finally live up to the true meaning of democracy.
“Whatever party you’re with, think about a new kind of leadership,” McAdams said. “We need women alongside the men.”
A recent poll taken after the premier of ABC’s television program “Commander in Chief” starring Geena Davis as the president revealed that 80 percent of the people polled said they were ready for a woman president, McAdams said.
Radnofsky said citizens no longer need to look at the so-called “seasoned candidate.”
“A seasoned candidate is someone who has practiced law for 27 years while raising three children,” Radnofsky said.
Radnofsky said women have a better ability to find common ground and deal with issues such as education and health care.
Hedy Collins, a member of Ladies Auxiliary Congregation Ahavath Sholom synagogue, said the event is a good motivator for people to talk about the topic.
“It was an excellent program and very informative,” Collins said. “I think (U.S. citizens) are ready for a woman president.”
Jana Lozano, a junior political science major, said it was nice to hear from a female political candidate who discussed interesting topics.
“Women’s leadership styles are different from men,” Lazano said. “Women are more involved in the community and their constituents.”
The event was sponsored by the TCU Women’s Resource Center in partnership with Nokia and Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital.