WGST-266-01 Women and American Politics
The focus of this course is to examine the role of women in American politics and the participation of women in the electoral process as voters, elected and appointed officials, strategists and party leaders. Topics of discussion will include early pioneers in American politics; Making waves: Running for President; 1922: The Year of the Woman; women's issues in national and statewide campaigns; the women's vote; race, class and gender; women activists and women voters; women as candidates, women as campaign officials: limited seats at the table; the future of American women in politics; and women and media coverage. Throughout this course, the professor will bring in guest speakers and leaders from the world of politics, journalism, and non-profit organizations.
Objectives for students include: discuss contemporary issues of gender in American politics; interview a female elected or appointed official to analyze the role of gender in their decision to pursue a career in public policy; analyze emerging issues facing women political activists, as well as women candidates and women voters. Fall and Spring.
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