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Women on Wednesdays: Women and the Biden Administration

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As part of our “Women on Wednesdays” series, please join the Women & Politics Institute for a virtual conversation about “Women in the Biden Administration” with CNN White House Correspondent MJ Lee and WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin.

The Biden-Harris administration has promised to deliver the most diverse administration ever. If all nominees are confirmed, 12 of the 24 offices designated as ‘Cabinet-level’ will be held by women, along with dozens of other executive office leadership positions. MJ Lee will offer an insider’s perspective to the nominations, the confirmation process, and the barrier-breaking impact that these women will have on President Biden’s pledge to “build back better.”

Check out Gender on the Ballot’s Tracker for more on the women in Biden’s administration and bring your questions to our inaugural “Women on Wednesdays” of 2021.

To learn more about many of the notable and historic women tapped by Biden, see our series of posts starting here.

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Gender on the Ballot

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Women Need to Run for Office Without Having to Run for Their Lives - A Personal Reflection on the Capitol Attack: Betsy Fischer Martin grapples with what the Capitol attack could mean for women in politics, and ultimately hopes "more women are emboldened to make a difference, to fight for equality and to stand up to dark forces."

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Gender on the Ballot is tracking the Biden-Harris female cabinet-level nominations and senior level political appointees to the Executive Office of the President, as well as key leaders of Independent agencies, task forces and centers.

To learn more about many of the notable and historic women tapped by Biden, see our series of posts starting here.

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WPI "Women on Wednesdays" Recaps

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NOVEMBER 11: The 19th’s CEO and Founder, Emily Ramshaw and Washington Correspondent Amanda Becker shared their analysis and reporting on the 2020 results with WPI's Betsy Fischer Martin. Read here and watch the full replay here

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OCTOBER 28: Film director Cheryl Jacobs Crim, and activists Joanna Lohman, Mimi Hassanein, and Margaret Morrison discussed their film Resisterhood and the “power of women, hope and resistance in modern American politics.” Read more and watch the full replay here

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OCTOBER 21: AU alum Julie Conway, Exec. Director of VIEW PAC and Rebecca Schuller, Advisor and Board Member of Winning for Women discussed their 2020 outlook and their efforts to support and elect GOP women. Read more and watch the full replay here

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OCTOBER 14: Exec. VP Nancy LeaMond of the AARP, Exec. Dir. Sara Guillermo of IGNITE, and AU alum Dr. Melissa Deckman of Washington College discussed the politics and priorities of women across generations. Read more and watch the full replay here

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OCTOBER 8: Former CNN Anchor & Presidential Debate Moderator Candy Crowley, Political Strategist Karen Finney, and MSNBC/NBC Correspondent Kasie Hunt analyzed the vice presidential debate of 2020, with a particular focus on Kamala Harris. Read more and watch the full replay here

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SEPTEMBER 30: EMILY’s List’s Pres., Stephanie Schriock and VP of Communications, Christina Reynolds, co-authors of Run to Win, discussed “lessons for any woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated field." Read more and watch the full replay here

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SEPTEMBER 23: Former House Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) discussed her book, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, chronicling her experience with “misogyny and double standards." Read more and watch the full replay here

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SEPTEMBER 16: Kristin Kim Bart, Senior Dir. for Gender Equality at International Rescue Committee, discussed When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population and building back better. Read more and watch the replay here

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SEPTEMBER 9: Award-winning journalists Lynn Sherr and Ellen Goodman, co-hosts of the She Votes! Our Battle for the Ballot podcast, discussed the complex history of the women’s suffrage movement. Read more and watch the full replay here

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SEPTEMBER 2: Dr. Martha S. Jones of Johns Hopkins University discussed her book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, “the epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power." Read more and watch the full replay here

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AUGUST 26: Dr. Stacie Taranto and Dr. Leandra Zarnow, co-editors of Suffrage at 100: Women in American Politics Since 1920, discussed 100 years of women's engagement in politics. Read their Gender on the Ballot post here and watch the full replay here

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AUGUST 5: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), author of Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change, reflected on her journey as an immigrant woman of color to the corridors of power. Read more and watch the full replay here

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JULY 29: AU Alumna Jennifer Palmieri, former Communications Director for President Obama and author of, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World, shared the key lessons she's learned from her journey to success. Read more Watch the full replay here

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JULY 15: Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace. Read more and watch the full replay here

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JULY 8: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Executive Director Lucinda Guinn. Read more
Watch the replay on C-SPAN here and Bloomberg News coverage here
Watch the conversation here

Wednesdays Sanders

JUNE 24: Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor to the 2020 Biden For President Campaign and author of, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America, in conversation with WPI's Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more and watch the full replay here

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JUNE 17: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), author of the newly published memoir, Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country That Raised Me, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more and watch the full replay here

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JUNE 10: Ambassador Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the U.S. and author of the book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You. Read more and watch the full replay here

Election Watch

JUNE 3: The National Republican Congressional Committee's Recruitment Chair, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Executive Director Parker Hamilton Poling, in virtual conversation with WPI's Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more and watch the full replay here

Wednesdays Munoz

MAY 27: Cecilia Muñoz, author of the just-published book, More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You....and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, in conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more and watch the full replay here

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MAY 20: Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and author of the New York Times bestseller, Finding My Voice: When The Perfect Plan Crumbles, The Adventure Begins. Read more and watch the full replay here

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MAY 13: Kicking off WPI’s “Women on Wednesdays” series, WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with award-winning political journalist Molly Ball, author of Pelosi. Read more
Watch the full replay here

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Wave of Women Elected Shatters What It Looks Like to Serve in Congress

On April 14th the SPA Women & Politics Institute sponsored a virtual book talk on women in congress.
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Female Ambassadors Share Stories on International Women’s Day

Female ambassadors to the U.S. from Afghanistan, Iceland, Oman and Rwanda spoke on campus at a panel moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the American University School of Public Affairs’ Women and Politics March 4.
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