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Jan. 17: She Votes. She Leads. - Women & the 2018 Midterm Elections

She Votes. She Leads. Women and the midterm elections january 17, 2019

11:30 AM Lunch, 12:00 PM Panel Discussion
Founders Room, School of International Service, American University

Find out how and why women voted the way they did during the 2018 midterm elections. Panelists include Dr. Karen O' ConnorJonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Katie ConnellyBenenson Strategy Group Senior Vice President. Betsy Fischer MartinWPI Executive Directer will facilitate the discussion.

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Hanging at the very top of my bulletin board in every office that I had during my career at NBC News was a quote from then-Senate candidate Dianne Feinstein that I clipped out of the New York Times in 1992, the year I graduated from American University. It famously read “Two percent may be good for fat in milk, but it's bad for women in the U.S. Senate.” I came of age professionally in the “Year of the Woman” when four newly elected women senators brought the two percent up to six percent. In some ways women have come along way, but we still have a long way to go.
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