Women in U.S. politics

Women in U.S. politics

A conference as part of the Gender Equality Certificate
  • Victoria A. Budson delivers a speech © Katherine Taylor/US Department of LaborVictoria A. Budson delivers a speech © Katherine Taylor/US Department of Labor

The 2018 U.S. midterm elections were heralded “Year of Women” by the media: a record number of women filed to run for office and won. For the first time, Native Americans and Muslim Women were elected, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and a historically high number of people of colour now have a sit in Capitol Hill. Yet, in spite of these victories, barriers still remain. Women are still underrepresented in politics compared to their share of the U.S. population.

Victoria A. Budson, founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will discuss these issues with Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former French Minister of Women’s Affairs and first French woman to be appointed Minister of Education and Research, and students from Sciences Po’s Gender Equality and Public Policy Certificate.

Keynote speaker

Victoria A. Budson is a founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women from 2011-2016 and has served as a board member or advisor to numerous other organizations including the Women and Public Service Project, and the National Council for Research on Women. Victoria Budson speaks regularly on topics related to closing gender gaps such as gender and public policy, electoral politics and political action. Budson also addresses how diversity and gender equality improve the profitability of corporations and the prosperity of families and society.

Chair

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a French politician. She was Minister of Women’s Affairs and Government spokesperson (2012-2014), then in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports, before being appointed Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research from 2014 to 2017. Firmly committed to “equality of opportunity”, she has supported this fight for 15 years in her different positions, at the both the local and state level. Today Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is Deputy CEO, International Research and Social Innovation at IPSOS, pursuing her task by providing research and information to companies and international organizations.

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