WAPPP Seminar Series: A Century of Votes for Women


Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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Christina Wolbrecht | Director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame

How have American women voted in the first 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment? How have popular understandings of women as voters both persisted and changed over time, and with what consequences? Bringing to bear a range of evidence across the past century, Wolbrecht demonstrates the enduring mismatch between what we believe about women voters and the reality of women's behavior at the ballot box. Wolbrecht shows that there is no such thing as 'the woman voter,' but rather considerable variation in and impact of how different groups of women voted in response to changing political, social, and economic realities.


Christina Wolbrecht is professor of political science, director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program. She is the author most recently of A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage (with J. Kevin Corder, Cambridge 2020). Her earlier books, Counting Women’s Ballots (Cambridge 2016 with Corder) and The Politics of Women’s Rights (Princeton 2000), were recognized with national book prizes. Wolbrecht's current projects examine the impact of female political role models and women's paths to political office. She is co-editor of Politics & Gender and an executive board member for WomenAlsoKnowStuff, an initiative to advance women experts in political science.