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Inaugural 5k Race to Representation a Success

Jennifer Lawless, left, and Gail Baitinger

Jennifer Lawless, left, and Gail Baitinger, were two of the runners who participated in the November 5 race. (Photo: Robb Hill)

Jennifer Lawless, director of Women and Politics, and Gail Baitinger, a School of Public Affairs PhD student, were among nearly 500 people who registered for the inaugural Women and Politics Institute’s 5k Race to Representation, held on campus. The event raised $15,000 through registrations and sponsorships for the School of Public Affairs institute.

The idea came to Lawless when she passed a billboard publicizing a race for another cause, she told She realized that, unlike the events the institute regularly sponsors like book signings, panel discussions, and hosting prominent speakers, a race reaches a much broader audience in the Washington community. It provides an excellent opportunity to call attention to the dearth of women in politics and to motivate women and men of all ages to work to increase women’s presence in politics.