Turning Votes into Power: The Impact of Women's Suffrage on Local Political Leadership

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Location: 1030 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls

Wolbrecht And Iyer

Join us for lunch and a talk in-person in 1030 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls. Christina Wolbrecht and Lakshmi Iyer will present their work, "Turning Votes Into Power: The Impact of Women's Suffrage on Local Political Leadership."

About the speakers: Christina Wolbrecht is a professor of political science and the C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program, as well as affiliated faculty in the Gender Studies Program and a faculty fellow of the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights. She has written widely on women's suffrage and women voters, including two co-authored books, A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage (Cambridge 2020) and Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal (Cambridge 2016). Both Counting Women's Ballots and her solo-authored book, The Politics of Women’s Rights (Princeton 2000), were recognized with national book awards. Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy. Wolbrecht is currently working on a book about political role models with David E. Campbell and as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration on the appointment of women to local boards and commissions. She is co-editor of the journal Politics & Gender and of the book series, Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics. 

Lakshmi Iyer is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Her primary research fields are development economics and political economy, with a special emphasis on property rights and the distribution of political power within societies. Her research has examined many dimensions of the distribution of political power within emerging market countries, including the legacy of colonial rule, the division of authority between politicians and bureaucrats, and the determinants of conflict. She is currently working on several projects related to the determinants and consequences of women’s political participation. She has also studied historical and current property rights institutions in several developing countries including India, Vietnam, China and the Philippines. Her work has been published in leading academic journals in economics