Pa. leader in promoting gender equality reflects on progress, challenges

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Lynn Yeakel, who nearly defeated U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 1992, says she’s in no position to judge the merits of the Kavanaugh case, but she wishes it would be considered in a thorough, nonpartisan process. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Lynn Yeakel, who nearly defeated U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 1992, says she’s in no position to judge the merits of the Kavanaugh case, but she wishes it would be considered in a thorough, nonpartisan process. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

This is 50-50 Day, a global day of action and conversations around gender equality in leadership.

The National Constitution Center will screen a documentary exploring the history of women and power, and executives and elected officials will discuss shared leadership in business and government. Jennifer Lynn will serve as moderator.

The event is sponsored by Vision 2020, a national coalition working to achieve women’s economic and social equality by 2020 when the U.S. celebrates the centennial of women’s right to vote.

Lynn Yeakel, who administers the initiative, was a Pennsylvania candidate for U.S. Senate and one of the  founders of Women’s Way, a fundraising coalition that helps advance causes for women and girls.

Jennifer Lynn caught up with Yeakel to hear her story and have her weigh in on gender leadership.

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