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Mitchell Center Co-sponsors GOOD REASONS TO RUN CONFERENCE on the global participation of women in politics - Sat. November 11

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:45pm

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A dialogue between practitioners and academics to increase women’s representation in public life

Saturday, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

Despite making major inroads into national legislatures over the last 20 years, female politicians still do not attain parity either in national legislatures or in “P-Suite” positions, that is, as party leaders, president, prime minister, chair of powerful committees, or members of the premier’s cabinet.  Scholars interested in these questions have increasingly focused on how political ambition mediates women’s access to political power. In the United States, advocates have emphasized how candidate-training programs can narrow the ambition gap by encouraging more women to run. Such programs exist worldwide, from France to Mexico to Japan, all political contexts very different from the United States. One of the key purposes of this conference is to work towards creating a cross-national framework for researching candidate training programs, one that accounts for how institutional design shapes recruitment, ambition, and thus expectations for when and why candidate training is likely to succeed.

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