Congresswoman Nan Hayworth to Headline LSU Women in Politics Event

February 14, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D., (R—NY) will serve as keynote speaker at the 2019 John Breaux Symposium, hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. The March 13 event, Politicking While Female: The Political Life of Women, will explore the barriers that women in political leadership face, from their early socialization as children to the challenges of winning elections and serving in office.

Hayworth is a board-certified ophthalmologist who began her career in her own solo practice before entering politics. In 2010 Hayworth became the first female physician elected to a full term as a Member of Congress, representing the 19th District of New York. She was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee and the Majority Whip Team and was chosen to serve on two House-Senate Conference Committees. Hayworth also reached across the aisle with Democrat David Cicilline to found the Congressional Common Ground Caucus.

Today Hayworth is a frequent guest on television and radio on behalf of the Independent Women’s Forum and the Republican National Committee. She chairs the board of directors of ConservAmerica, an organization dedicated to achieving environmental protection via market-oriented policies; she is also a member of the boards of both the Independent Women’s Forum and the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research.

“The 2018 election provides the latest evidence of American women’s increasing success in running for and being elected to office,” Hayworth notes. “The challenges and opportunities we face, and the societal and political context in which we represent our convictions and pursue our aspirations, are evolving quickly.

“This year’s John Breaux Symposium takes place at a great moment to consider together how we, two decades into the 21st Century, view and fulfill our responsibilities to the nation and the future in a country guided by a vision of advancement for every citizen,” Hayworth said.

The 2019 John Breaux Symposium features a full day of panel discussions and events from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on March 13. A complete schedule of speakers and discussions will be announced in late February. The symposium will take place in the Manship School journalism building’s Holliday Forum at 144 Field House Drive on the campus of Louisiana State University. Admission is free and open to the public but seats are limited. RSVP at Eventbrite

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