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In the Halls of Power: The Legacy of Louisiana's Elected Women

McLeod Lecture Series



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-05-03

Duration: 00:58:23

Subjects: MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | Filmed panel discussions | Women | Politics | Women judges | Women legislators | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana. Supreme Court | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | Boggs, Lindy, 1916- | KIMBALL, CATHERINE "KITTY" | Broome, Sharon Weston | MOUNT, WILLIE | Smith, Jane Holland | Political campaigns | Health Care


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Allen, Gary Director
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Landrieu, Mary Speaker
  • Roberts, Cokie Speaker
  • Boggs, Lindy Speaker
  • Kaptur, Marcy Speaker
  • Pelosi, Nancy Speaker
  • Roberts, Steve Speaker
  • Kimball, Kitty Panelist
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Panelist
  • Mount, Willie Panelist
  • Smith, Jane Panelist


This episode of the “McLeod Lecture Series” from May 3, 2009, features moderator Beth Courtney leading a panel of Louisiana women reflecting on the unique legacy of the state’s elected female leaders. The panelists are Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball of the Louisiana Supreme Court, State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, State Senator Willie Mount, and State Representative Jane Holland Smith. They discuss: running for office; providing a different perspective on issues; feeling pressure as a woman in elected office; their biggest surprises when entering the Legislature and Supreme Court; the excitement of winning their first elections; the burden of leadership during difficult times, like hurricanes; the support of their husbands; their current goals in office; the issue of health care; their future plans; and their thoughts on serving in public office. Their discussion is preceded by a prerecorded message from United States Senator Mary Landrieu and a clip from a documentary on former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. The McLeod Lecture Series event is a part of the McNeese State University Banners Series.