The Female Candidate for Office: Challenges and Hurdles
- Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Time: 7:00 pm
- Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
In the 116th Congress, a record of 127 women are serving as Representatives and 25 as Senators, only 28% of the entire Congress. What factors account for these large gaps between men and women serving in Congress? Do women face challenges throughout the media that cross party lines, and do voters show a tendency to hold women to a higher standard in the media than men? Running a negative advertisement against an opponent may cause far more intense backlash for a female than a male. Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri moderates a panel discussion with Ann Lewis, former White House Director of Communications; and former members of Congress, Donna Edwards (D-MD). Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Connie Morella (R-MD), and others.
Presented in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.
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