Politics 2019: Measuring the Challenges and Achievements of the “Year of the Woman”

Ruth B. Mandel (Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics; Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics)
Debbie Walsh (Director, Center for American Women and Politics)

It’s January 2019. Long awaited results are in from the intensely anticipated 2018 mid-term elections. Winning candidates have taken an oath of office and been sworn in as newly elected officials in Washington, D.C. and in state and local jurisdictions across the country. What is the political women’s national report card – the chief accomplishments and disappointments of the 2018 elections? What is the profile of women’s political leadership at the beginning of 2019? Do 2019 and 2020 look like good years for advancing women’s political power? This seminar will explore the modern women’s political movement and take a deep dive into the results of women’s recent political behavior. What happened in election year 2018? We will examine women’s behavior as voters, candidates, and activists during a so-called “Year of the Woman.” Students will hear from a series of guest speakers who were directly involved in the 2018 campaigns and who are now looking ahead to the road for political women in 2020 and beyond.

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