Learn why women don't run for office from a national expert

San Francisco - National leading expert on gender and politics comes to speak to a politically engaged group of legal professionals in San Francisco.

Dr. Jennifer Lawless is a national leader and researcher on women and politics and the Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University in Washington, DC. She has become the one of the most recognized experts on why and how gender has continued to be so critical to the legitimacy and inclusiveness of U.S. campaigns, elections, and political institutions. Her commentary has appeared in newspapers such as, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other local publications. She has also been cited on CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and FOXNews.com and has published on CNN Opinion on CNN.com.

Her research concludes:

  • Women are less likely than men to express a willingness to run for office in the future
  • Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office
  • Women are less likely than men to think they are qualified to run for office
  • Her work is constantly reflected in today's headlines, as women continue not to seek election as they should. "Despite the famous faces of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Nancy Pelosi, the fact remains that men dominate U.S. political institutions" said Lawless. "We still have a lot of catching up to do if we want to achieve gender equality for women in politics because women still remain severely under-represented in our political institutions."

    Dr. Lawless will speak on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:00-7:00pm at Latham & Watkins, LLP (505 Montgomery Street, 4th Floor). She will discuss her book, It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office, which serves as the only systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition. The reception is being hosted by Emerge America, as Lawless sits on their Board of Directors.

    Launched in 2002, Emerge America was created to address the under-representation of women in office at the local, state, and federal level. Our program is the essential step for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, seven-month training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. In 2007, Emerge launched Emerge Wisconsin which is the only organization in Wisconsin that provides Democratic women with the comprehensive training they need to achieve their political aspirations. There are Emerge programs in nine states: Arizona, California, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

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