Women on the Run: How does gender matter in campaigns and elections?
WHAT: A conversation about what conventional political wisdom gets wrong about female candidates.
WHO: Jennifer Lawless, professor, School of Public Affairs, American University, Danny Hayes, professor, George Washington University, and Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN
WHEN: Thursday,June 16, 2106, at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: New America, 740 15th St NW #900, Washington, D.C. 20005
Background: Genderhas been front and center during the 2016 presidential race, adding to the long-established inside-the-Beltway wisdom that, by virtue of their sex, women are at a disadvantage when they toss their hats into the ring.
Now, in a revealing and especially relevant new book entitled "Women on the Run”, American University political science professor Jennifer Lawless and George Washington University professor Danny Hayes challenge this perspective. They argue that the declining novelty of women in politics, coupled with the polarization of the Republican and Democratic parties, has left little space for the sex of a candidate to influence modern campaigns. In fact, the perception of bias might be holding women back more than any real bias itself.
The conversation is part of the latest event in New America's Women's Decision series.
To learn more about the event and the book and to RSVP, please contact: Natasha Abel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-5943