Professor of Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics talks struggles women face in seeking office

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Professor of Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics talks struggles women face in seeking office

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The issues women face when seeking elected office were discussed in a lecture Thursday at Iowa State.

Kelly Winfrey, assistant professor of journalism and coordinator of research and outreach for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, presented on the subject.

“I want to see more women in public office,” Winfrey said in beginning her lecture.

Women represent just over 50 percent of the U.S. population, but less than a quarter of people in Congress. Winfrey said she was baffled by this. She has used her background in communications to gather research about how to get more women into politics, as well as how to get them to win.

Throughout history, the number of women in politics has grown, but the overall numbers are still relatively low. Women are 18 percent of American governors, and there has been a total of 44 women who have served as a governor in American history.

“Those numbers are not representative of the number of women in this country, and I think it is important for a representative government to look like the people it represents,” Winfrey said. “I mean that in gender diversity, racial diversity and cultural ethnic diversity, and research supports the idea that when you have diverse groups making decisions, they make better decisions.”

Click here to read the full article published by Iowa State Daily on 10 October 2019.

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