Women on Wednesdays

The Women & Politics Institute "Women on Wednesdays" brings our WPI community together with dynamic and thought-provoking women leaders, authors, scholars, journalists, and activists.

Dr. Elisabeth Griffith: Formidable Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm ET

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American University Alumna Dr. Elisabeth Griffith, CAS/Ph.D ‘84, will discuss her book, Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality: 1920-2020, a comprehensive study of the fight by white and Black women to achieve equality following the "incomplete" victory of the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification. Order the book here
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Ali Vitali: Electable Wednesday, October 12 at 6pm ET

Ali Vitali Event

NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali will discuss her new book Electable: Why America Hasn't Put a Woman in the White House . . . Yet, “a fearless deep dive into the 2020 election,” which investigates the “gendered double standards placed on women presidential candidates,” and explores the question: Why haven’t we had a woman in the White House? Order the book here Details and registration here

Dr. Bonnie Morris - Title IX at 50 Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm ET

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American University alumna Dr. Bonnie Morris, CAS/BA '83, will discuss her new book What's the Score?: 25 Years of Teaching Women's Sports History. Published in concert with the 50th anniversary of Title IX, What’s the Score? offers an “insider's look at sports education but also an engaging guide to turning points in women's sports history that everyone should know.” Order the book here Details and registration here

Women and 2022: Post-Election Analysis Wednesday, November 9 at 5pm ET

Women and the 2022 Election

A day after voters across the country go to the polls, Amanda Hunter, Christine Matthews, Atima Omara, and Mabinty Quarshie will break down the 2022 midterm elections and share their analysis on how women candidates fared up and down the ballot with Betsy Fischer Martin. Details and registration here


The Women & Politics Institute regularly co-sponsors events with campus organizations and student groups.

Midterm Election Panel Friday, October 7 at 6:30pm

Midterm election panel 2022

Amy Dacey, Anita Kumar, Jonathan Martin, and Zolan Kanno-Youngs – will share their thoughts on the trends they are seeing one month from the election, the potential surprises on the horizon, and what it means for the rest of President Biden’s first term. The discussion will be moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin. Details and registration here

Women on Courts Tuesday, October 11 at 12pm ET

Women on Courts

Join us at AU WCL celebrate and learn from women in positions of power, including a keynote speech by former Democratic Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, followed by a panel discussion with Judge Tamara Perisin, Prof. Iyiloa Solanke, and Prof. Laure Clement Wilz on women judges on the Court of Justice of the European Union. Details and registration here

Women in Power Wednesday, October 12 at 9am ET

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The women in politics map, created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) shows slow progress towards gender equality at the executive level. Women still face obstacles to participating in political life. Structural barriers through discriminatory laws and institutions still limit women’s options to run for office. Please join us to discuss these and many other issues. Professor Pippa Norris will offer opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion with Monica Frassoni, Kate Onyejekwe, Kari Pries, and Federiga Bindi. Neera Tanden will provide the closing keynote speech. Details and registration here

Helen and Daniel Sonenshine Lecture Thursday, October 20 at 7pm ET

22.9.22 Golda

Pnina Lahav, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power, will discuss Golda Meir's legacy through a feminist lens, how Golda's gender affected her decisions as Israel’s leader and how her sex affected the public perception of her and her performance.
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