Dr. Schmitt To Visit Depauw

Dr. Carly Schmitt, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana State University, will present “Where are the Women? Candidates, Office-Holders, and Representation”. Dr. Schmitt observes that while women make up over half of the country’s population, women hold just over 20% of mayoral positions, 26% of state legislative positions, and 19% and 21% of the seats in the U.S. House and Senate. However, research demonstrates that when women run, they win. Thus, the under-representation of women lies in the lack of women on the ballot. Equal representation of women in elective office requires the activation, mobilization, and recruitment of women as candidates; all these areas have increased significantly since the 2016 election. Dr. Schmitt will share her perspective on these topics on October 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Watson Forum in the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media on DePauw’s campus. Dr. Schmitt’s visit is sponsored by the Greencastle League of Women Voters, the DePauw Women’s Center and the Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. This presentation is open to the public.

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