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Mona Lena Krook | Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Women and Politics Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University
Women have made significant inroads into politics in recent years, but in many parts of the world, their increased engagement has spurred physical attacks, intimidation, and harassment. In the first comprehensive account of this phenomenon, Krook explores how women came to give these experiences a name: violence against women in politics. Drawing from insights in multiple disciplines, she argues that violence against women in politics is not simply a gendered extension of existing definitions of political violence – but rather, a distinct form of harm to attack and undermine women as political actors. In this talk, she will share insights from her book, Violence against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020), including examples from around the world and emerging efforts to ensure women’s equal rights to participate – freely and safely – in political life around the globe.
Mona Lena Krook is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Women and Politics Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University. She has published widely on gender and political representation, particularly on gender quotas and the impact of women in public office. Her first book, Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide (Oxford University Press, 2009), won two major book awards from the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book, Violence against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020), develops this concept, illustrates what it looks like in practice, and catalogues emerging solutions around the globe. Since 2015, she has collaborated with the National Democratic Institute on its #NotTheCost campaign, and more recently, she launched a website at https://www.vawpolitics.org/ to gather resources and foster greater awareness of violence against women in politics worldwide.