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Women in Politics Conference

Public Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, April 10, 2014
8:00 PM
Baker Center Toyota Auditorium
Special Guest: Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville

Recent elections in the United States and around the world have placed unprecedented numbers of women in leadership positions in local, state, and national government. Regrettably women still hold just 18 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress and remain under-represented in most other political offices in this country and around the world. What are the causes and consequences of women holding leadership positions in government at different levels and in different political contexts?

Join us for a roundtable discussion and Q&A with scholars from UT and other universities.

Featured Speakers

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, the first woman to hold this office, will open the roundtable with her thoughts about women in political leadership.

The featured speakers are prominent scholars of women in politics:

    Sarah Fulton, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M, studies the role of gender in congressional elections and campaigning in the United States.
    Melanie Hughes, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, examines women’s representation cross-nationally and the representation of women from disadvantaged groups in national legislatures.
    Jana Morgan, Associate Professor of Political Science at UT, researches the causes and consequences of women’s economic and political marginalization in Latin America.
    Tracy Osborn, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, focuses on women in politics in U.S. state legislatures and Congress as well as gender and political behavior.
    Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rice University, investigates women’s representation and political participation cross-nationally, particularly in Latin American countries.

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