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Nov. 10, 2008

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Political strategist and Smith alumna Celinda Lake will offer an “Election Post Mortem: Analyzing the Role of Women in the 2008 Election” at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Carroll Room, Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, is one of the nation's foremost experts on electing women candidates and framing issues to women voters. She is particularly known for her research on single women voters.

A 1975 graduate of Smith College, she is a leading political strategist for the Democratic Party, serving as tactician and senior adviser to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process.

Lake and her firm are known for cutting edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education, and have worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor's Association (DGA), The White House Project, AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, IAFF, Sierra Club, NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, Emily's List and the Kaiser Foundation. Her work also took her to advise fledgling democratic parties in several post-war Eastern European countries, including Bosnia and South Africa.

Since its formation, Lake Research Partners has become one of the most respected Democratic polling firms in the country, with its Battleground poll widely recognized as one of the leading national issue and election thermometers. Her interviews and statistics have been quoted widely in the national media, including in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Glamour and Marie Claire, and Lake has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and NPR, discussing her work and providing expert commentary.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


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