Women remain significantly underrepresented among elected officials in the United States at all levels of government. Currently, women make up only 18.3% of Congress and 22% of the New York State legislature. This panel discussion will explore bipartisan perspectives on why there are still so few women in American politics, assess current and future efforts to address this critical gender gap, and identify ways in which increasing women’s political leadership may lead to breaking through partisan divides on key social issues. Panelists will explore the following questions: How do we build a critical mass of women in political leadership so that a full range of issues are considered? How do we strengthen the pipeline of women’s political leadership? What strategies implemented elsewhere have been successful in bringing more women to leadership positions in policy-making? Finally, what are the opportunities and barriers to create a bipartisan agenda?
Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab and IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Stanley Litow will make introductory remarks followed by a discussion moderated by David Firestone, New York Times Projects Editor, with New York State Assembly Members:
Jane Corwin (R) (144th AD – Western New York)
Janet Duprey (R) (115th AD – Clinton, Franklin and parts of St. Lawrence counties)
Shelley Mayer (D) (90th AD – City of Yonkers)
Gabriela Rosa (D) (72nd AD – Washington Heights, Manhattan)