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2019 John Breaux Symposium - Politicking While Female: The Political Life of Women

Politicking While Female: The Political Life of Women:

More women ran for political office in the 2018 mid-term elections than at any other time in history. Indeed, record numbers of women were vying for seats on a variety of legislative bodies such as school boards, city councils, state legislatures, and Congress as well as executive offices such as gubernatorial and mayoral seats. The 2018 mid-term elections drastically altered women’s political representation. The Spring 2019 Breaux Symposium will trace the barriers facing women in political leadership starting from the socialization of young children through the experiences women face winning and serving in elected office. Young girls are discouraged from thinking of themselves as leaders and these socialization processes turn women away from considering political careers. We will talk about the forces that motivate women to run for political office in spite of these negative socialization processes. We will also trace the gendered obstacles facing women, including women of color, pursuing political power including the role of voter and media bias. Finally, we highlight the benefits accrued from electing more women to positions of political power and identify strategies designed to overcome these obstacles.


About the Breaux Symposium:

The annual John Breaux Symposium pushes the boundaries of debate around an aspect of media, politics and public policy. The Symposium aims to harness the expertise and perspectives of individuals hailing from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Past Symposia have hosted scholars, journalists, corporate executives, and political and civic leaders. Through keynote speakers, panels and presentations, the intent of the Symposium is to discuss the public’s knowledge about some aspect of our democracy and identify possible actions to increase public awareness and constructive debate.


About the Reilly Center:

The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented, and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.


Manship School of Mass Communication

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Journalism Building, Holliday Forum

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Meetings & Conferences

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff







Manship School of Mass Communication, Women's Center
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