Politics 2018: A “Year of the Woman”?

Ruth Mandel (Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics)
Debbie Walsh (Director, Center for American Women and Politics)

The 2016 defeat of the first woman to head a major party’s presidential ticket—and the words and deeds of the winning candidate and his allies— set in motion a wave of women’s activism. Frustrated with the status quo and energized by the #MeToo movement, women have been seeking to seize power and disrupt politics as usual. From the January 2017 Women’s March to the unprecedented surge in women seeking political training to the surprising victories of women challenging incumbents in Virginia’s 2017 state legislative elections, the growing politicization of women, particularly on the Democratic side, has been widely reported. Will it translate into electoral success in the mid-term elections of 2018? In this seminar, we will explore many themes important to understanding women as candidates, voters, and activists in the 2018 elections. Experts from within and beyond Rutgers will speak to the class to help us analyze the news as it unfolds.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 63 index 12289