Political Participation

2019 Aug 23

Women’s Equality Day 2019

12:00pm to 1:30pm


Swan Boats Landing, Boston Public Garden

Join the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts to honor:

Sheroes: African-American Suffragists of Massachusetts

Maria Louise Baldwin
Sojourner Truth
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin


Guest speakers:

Katrina Huff-Larmond, councilor and vice president, Randolph Town Council
Marita Rivero, president and CEO, Museum of African American History
Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq., president, NAACP Boston Branch

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2019 Sep 05

WAPPP Open House

1:00pm to 1:30pm


Ellwood Democracy Lab, Rubenstein 414

Please join us to learn about the Women and Public Policy Program and our work that creates and disseminates evidence-based strategies to advance women and promote gender equity. We will discuss our initiatives, fellowship stipends, and other student opportunities. 

Snacks will be provided. 

RSVP not required.

2019 Oct 31

Pink Collar Representation and Policy Outcomes in U.S. States

11:45am to 1:00pm


Cason Conference Room, Taubman 102

Tiffany Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky

Legislatures worldwide are dominated by wealthy elites, who are often out of touch with the needs and problems of ordinary citizens. Research shows that the underrepresentation of the working class in terms of policy processes and outcomes. Yet, the research has largely focused on blue-collar representatives, who are primarily men. Working-class women are more likely to hold pink-collar jobs, or low-status occupations dominated by women. We argue that pink-collar legislators are...

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2019 Nov 21

Women and Gender in Right-Wing Armed Groups

11:45am to 1:00pm


Ellwood Democracy Lab (Rubenstein 414)

Meredith Loken, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Fellow, Modern War Institute, West Point

From the Ku Klux Klan to Identity Evropa, women actively participate in white nationalist and other right-wing reactionary organizations. In the Americas and Western Europe, women often work as logisticians and mobilizers, and on the front-line they commit terrorism in the name of right-wing...

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2019 May 07

How Women Saved Rwanda

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Johm F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum

Twenty-five years ago, the African nation of Rwanda was ripped apart by a genocide that left nearly a million dead. The untold story is that when the bloodshed ended, women not only buried the dead and cared for orphaned children, they drove a recovery that laid a foundation for their current political and economic power. Join our conversation with the visionary pioneers who carved out unlikely new roles for themselves, creating stability and reconciliation in genocide’s wake. Moderated by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder of the Women and Public Policy Program...

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2019 Apr 23

Women, Peace & Power

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Wexner Building, Room 436

Between 1990 and 2017, 92% of peace negotiators were men. Women, Peace & Power follows the stories of female activists, politicians, and ordinary citizens in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Northern Ireland as they try to influence peace talks against all odds. 

While some of these peacebuilders use sit-ins and mass rallies to push for change, others win elections to negotiate at the peace table. All face challenges to their authority and legitimacy as they attempt to steer their countries away from war.

A panel discussion will follow the...

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