Political scientist Kira Sanbonmatsu to deliver talk on women in Congress Oct. 3

Political scientist Kira Sanbonmatsu will give a talk on the importance of representation by women in Congress at the John Seigenthaler First Amendment Center on Oct 3. The program, “A Seat at the Table: Do Women in Congress Matter?” is free and open to the public, and will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by Sanbonmatsu’s talk at 6 p.m.

As professor of political science at Rutgers University, Sanbonmatsu is an expert on gender, race and ethnicity in politics, political parties and public opinion. In addition to her work as a professor, she serves as a senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Sanbonmatsu has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles, including the recently published A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspective on Why Their Presence Matters, which includes insights drawn from interviews with more than three quarters of the women who served in the 114th Congress between 2015 and 2017. She is also author of the books Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States and Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women’s Place.

The Oct. 3 program with Sanbonmatsu is sponsored by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint partnership between the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. It was established in 2017 to advance the communication and use of new knowledge about the effectiveness of individual lawmakers and legislative institutions in Congress.

For more information about this event, visit the Center for Effective Lawmaking website.


Event poster for "A Seat at the Table: Do Women in Congress Matter?" featuring Rutgers Professor Kira Sanbonmatsu
Event poster for “A Seat at the Table: Do Women in Congress Matter?” featuring Rutgers Professor Kira Sanbonmatsu

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