Jay Newton-Small

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Every campaign seems to be “the most important ever.” And every campaign seems to break ground as the “craziest,” “strangest,” “most dramatic.” The truth is, we have been here before and we’ll be here again: campaigns are about the expansion and contraction of parties. As the author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works and TIME Magazine’s Washington Correspondent – currently covering the Hillary Clinton campaign – Jay looks at what’s really new this time, and what’s just dancing for the cameras. She has previously covered the Republicans in 2012, and the Democrats, including Bill Clinton, in 2008 for TIME, as well as John Kerry and George Bush in 2004 for Bloomberg News. Thus, she has an expert perspective on the presidential campaign—even one as unusual as the 2016 cycle.

Executive office has proven the hardest glass ceiling to break. Less than 5% of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women, just 18% of America’s mayors, 12% of governors and, of course, zero presidents. There’s a huge body of research that shows, whether it’s a legislature, a corporate board, a Navy ship, or an appellate court, when women reach between 20-30% of the leadership at any given organization it’s a tipping point and they begin to change how things are done – for the better. Jay shows where we’re reaching that tipping point – all three branches of the government – and the areas where we not – such as Silicon Valley and Wall Street, and why it’s important for us to get to critical mass across the board.


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Jay Newton-Small is Washington correspondent for TIME. She is the author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works. Newton-Small writes about everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends. She has covered stories on five continents for TIME from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti to the Scottish independence movement and the Charlie Hebdo and Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. She has covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns for TIME, as well as Congress and the White House. She has written more than half a dozen TIME cover stories and contributed to dozens of others. She has interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, as well as senators, governors and foreign dignitaries.

Before TIME, Newton-Small was a reporter for Bloomberg News, where she covered the White House, Congress and the 2004 presidential campaign.

Newton-Small received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a double B.S. in International Relations and Art History from Tufts University. She was a 2015 Harvard Institute of Politics fellow and is a 2016 New America fellow. The daughter of two United Nations diplomats, she grew up abroad, living in such places as Asia, Africa and Europe. She is fluent in French.


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