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Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Women in Public Affairs

Though women comprise over 50 percent of the world’s population, they continue to be under-represented in public affairs. 

Today, women comprise less than 20 percent of legislators worldwide. In the United States, despite women’s major advances in higher education and in the workforce over the past few decades, women hold fewer than 20 percent of the seats in the US Congress and fewer than 25 percent of state legislative seats while only 5 of 50 Governors are women. Despite representing more than half of voters in 2012, women are 50 percent less likely than men to run for political office in the United States. 

The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs recognizes the important role that women have to play in public affairs. The Women in Public Affairs Program was developed to promote awareness about the role of women in civic and political life. The Program seeks to educate, support, and mentor students through a series of lectures, symposia, workshops and experiential opportunities.

Sponsored Activities 

Public Leadership Education Network Seminars

Each year PLEN sponsors conferences in which women students are able to meet with women professionals in politics, law, and public policy to discuss significant issues and examine professional career opportunities. Conferences focus on Women and Congress, Women and Public Policy, and Women and International Policy. Students who attend these conferences get an insider’s view of public issues and begin to make the contacts that will help them to pursue their career goals.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

For the past 28 years, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) has offered unprecedented training and development for college women. At NCCWSL, hundreds of outstanding women learn from skill-building workshops, network with other college women, hear from inspiring keynote speakers, and attend the unforgettable Women of Distinction Awards ceremony and reception. More than 700 women gathered for NCCWSL 2013.

Upcoming Events

November 13th, 2013

March 18th, 2014

March 24th, 2014

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Raising Ms. President
    Screening of the documentary “Raising Ms President” and discussion with filmmaker Kiley Parker.

April 17th, 2014

September 3rd, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Challenges to Legalizing Marijuana: Resolving State-Federal Conflict
    On January 1, 2014 the State of Colorado allowed for the first legal sales of marijuana in almost 80 years; Washington State followed suit and began legal sales to adults starting on July 8. During this coming November, ballot initiatives will be voted on in Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and Washington, D.C. which allow for some form of marijuana legalization. All of this is happening while still being illegal under Federal law. What does this mean for Maryland and other States? Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations with the National Cannabis Industry Association will discuss this Federal-State conflict, the future growth of the industry, and the direction of marijuana legalization sweeping the country. 

September 23rd, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho
    Karl Marx launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of his life and political ideas in Howard Zinn’s brilliant, timely play, “Marx in Soho.” This 70 minute production challenges its audience to consider the issues of Peace and Social Justice. The play is an introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Marx uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate.

October 1st, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Modi’s India: New Challenges and New Opportunities
    In April-May 2014, a record number of Indians participated in the world’s largest democratic exercise. It was a historic win for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)– and a crushing defeat for the Congress Party. Join the Brookings Institute’s Bruce Riedel and Tanvi Madan for a discussion of India’s recent elections and the challenges it poses for US policy in the region.

October 14th, 2014

October 22nd, 2014

  • Image preview 5:00pm: Is There a War on Women?
    The Goldstein Program’s Women in Public Affairs initiative presents a faculty roundtable discussion on the “War on Women” narrative.