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Women on Wednesdays: Election 2020 - Republican Women Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 PM ET

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As part of our “Women on Wednesdays” series, please join the Women & Politics Institute and American University College Republicans for a virtual conversation with American University alumna Julie Conway (BA/SPA ‘93), Executive Director of VIEW PAC and Rebecca Schuller, Advisor and Board Member of Winning for Women. WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin will facilitate the discussion. 

More and more Republican women are stepping up to run for office as the party has made a concerted effort to recruit, endorse, fund and support female candidates. Central to this effort, is the growth and impact of outside spending groups singularly focused on electing Republican women to office. We will talk to two of these key super PACs about their work and get their perspective on what 2020 holds for GOP women.

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WPI "Women on Wednesdays" Recaps

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OCTOBER 14: Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond of the AARP, Executive Director Sara Guillermo of IGNITE, and American University alumna Dr. Melissa Deckman (Ph.D/SPA ‘99) of Washington College discussed the politics and priorities of women across generations. Read more here

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OCTOBER 8: Former CNN Anchor and 2012 Presidential Debate Moderator Candy Crowley, Political Strategist Karen Finney, and MSNBC’s “Way too Early” and NBC News Correspondent Kasie Hunt analyzed the only vice presidential debate of 2020, with a particular focus on Kamala Harris. Read more here

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SEPTEMBER 30: EMILY’s List’s President, Stephanie Schriock and Vice President of Communications, Christina Reynolds, co-authors of the forthcoming book, Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World, discussed “essential lessons for any woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated field." Read more here

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SEPTEMBER 23: Former Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) discussed her new book, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, which chronicles her experience with “misogyny and double standards," with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more here and watch the full replay here.

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SEPTEMBER 16: Kristin Kim Bart, Senior Director for Gender Equality at the International Rescue Committee, discussed the IRC’s report, When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population: How to Build Back Better with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more here and watch the replay here.

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SEPTEMBER 9: Award-winning journalists Lynn Sherr and Ellen Goodman, co-hosts of the She Votes! Our Battle for the Ballot podcast, discussed the complex history of the women’s suffrage movement with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read More here and watch the full replay here.

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SEPTEMBER 2: Dr. Martha S. Jones of Johns Hopkins University discussed her book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, “the epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power." Read more here and watch the full replay here

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AUGUST 26: Dr. Stacie Taranto and Dr. Leandra Zarnow, co-editors of the book, Suffrage at 100: Women in American Politics Since 1920, discussed women's engagement in electoral politics over the past 100 years with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read their Gender on the Ballot blog post here and watch the full replay here

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AUGUST 5: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), author of the new book, Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change, reflected on her personal journey as an immigrant woman of color to the corridors of power. Read more and watch the full replay here

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JULY 29: AU Alumna Jennifer Palmieri, former Communications Director for President Obama and author of, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World, shared the key lessons she's learned from her journey to success. Read more Watch the full replay here

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JULY 15: Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

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JULY 8: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Executive Director Lucinda Guinn, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the replay on C-SPAN here and Bloomberg News coverage here
Watch the conversation here

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JUNE 24: Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor to the 2020 Biden For President Campaign and author of, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

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JUNE 17: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), author of the newly published memoir, Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country That Raised Me, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

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JUNE 10: Ambassador Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the U.S. and author of the forthcoming book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

Election Watch

JUNE 3: The National Republican Congressional Committee's Recruitment Chair, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Executive Director Parker Hamilton Poling, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more Watch the full replay here

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MAY 27: Cecilia Muñoz, author of the just-published book, More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You....and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, in conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

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MAY 20: Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and author of the New York Times bestseller, Finding My Voice: When The Perfect Plan Crumbles, The Adventure Begins, in conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

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MAY 13: Kicking off WPI’s “Women on Wednesdays” series, WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with award-winning political journalist Molly Ball, author of Pelosi. Read more
Watch the full replay here

Women on Wednesdays

Upcoming Virtual Events

WED | OCT 21 | 6PM
Election 2020: Republican Women

Julie Conway and Rebecca Schuller
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WED | OCT 28 | 6PM
Resisterhood: The Power of Women

Cheryl Jabocs Crim, Joanna Lohman, Mimi Hassanein and Margaret Morrison
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WED | NOV 11 | 6PM
Women and 2020 - Post-Election Analysis
The 19th’s Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Becker
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