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The Political Gender Gap: Why Don't More Women Run for Office?

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A woman arrives at a polling station in Brooklyn, New York during the New York presidential primary on April 19, 2016.  (Photo: Kena Betacur/AFP/Getty Images)

When Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in July, she said, “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling.” The first woman was elected to Congress in 1916, but 100 years later, women only make up 20 percent of Congress. In this hour, we’ll discuss why so few women run for office, even though studies show they win at the same rates as men. We’ll also look at gender’s role in the current presidential campaigns and why term limits might affect gender equity in the California legislature.

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Debbie Walsh, director, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Molly Ball, politics writer, The Atlantic

Harmeet Dhillon, partner, Dhillon Law Group; RNC National Committeewoman (California)

Aimee Allison, senior vice president, Power Pac+


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