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Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Sarah Brune '13Follow

Location

Library 203

Abstract

While women are achieving equality to men in many fields, the number of female elected officials remains low. I explore why this disparity still persists. Existing research on the topic points out many ways in which male and female candidates for elected office are now equal, and simply does not explain why more females are not serving in government. I interviewed female elected officials in Illinois to find out what they think. Their answers show how some of the most influential forces keeping women from achieving equality still stem from issues that have plagued us for centuries.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 11:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 11:20 AM

Panel

Panel: Human Rights, Human Wrongs

Panel Moderator

Carol Gayle

Field of Study for Presentation

Politics

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Apr 9th, 11:00 AM Apr 9th, 11:20 AM

Where are the Women in Government?

Library 203

While women are achieving equality to men in many fields, the number of female elected officials remains low. I explore why this disparity still persists. Existing research on the topic points out many ways in which male and female candidates for elected office are now equal, and simply does not explain why more females are not serving in government. I interviewed female elected officials in Illinois to find out what they think. Their answers show how some of the most influential forces keeping women from achieving equality still stem from issues that have plagued us for centuries.