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.
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.
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.
November 13th, 2013
“A Woman in a Man’s World: 10 Months in Paktiya, Afghanistan with US Army Special Forces.”
Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm in the Hynson Lounge
March 24th, 2014
4:30pm - 6:30pm:
Raising Ms. President
Screening of the documentary “Raising Ms President” and discussion with filmmaker Kiley Parker.
October 22nd, 2014
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.
February 9th, 2015
Tea & Talk for Majors with Brenna Nan Schneider ’06
The Goldstein Program’s Young Alumni Series hosts a Tea & Talk for Political Science and International Studies majors with Brenna Schneider ’06.
Made Here: Promoting Job Creation and Fighting Inequality
The Goldstein Program’s Young Alumni Series proudly presents Brenna Nan Schneider ’06, Founder and CEO of 99 Degrees Custom, who will discuss the challenges and the joys of building a socially-responsible start-up.
February 18th, 2015
Goldstein Program in Public Affairs: The Growing Importance of Asia for the United States
In this day and age, it is not difficult to see the economic sway Asia holds over the rest of the world. Pick up almost anything you own, and the “Made In” label on it will boast the name of an Asian country. But how does Asia directly affect Maryland? A panel of experts will discuss why Asia matters.
February 24th, 2015
Gun Violence: A Conversation
Join us for a panel discussion on gun violence and gun culture in America.
March 3rd, 2015
Challenging Impunity in Domestic Courts: Human Rights Prosecutions in Latin America
A Conversation with Professor Victoria Sanford
April 2nd, 2015
On the Front Lines of the Digital Revolution
A Conversation with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
September 16th, 2015
Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 at Washington College Presents
N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK
A Seriously Comedic (and Comedically-Serious) Stage Show About Race
September 28th, 2015
All the Truth Is Out: Character and the Presidential Campaign
Author and journalist Matt Bai revisits the Gary Hart affair and looks at how it changed forever the intersection of American media and politics.
October 26th, 2015
Madame Presidentá: Why Not US?
In Madame Presidentá: Why Not U.S. filmmaker Heather Arnet chronicles the journey of two women, one from the U.S. and one from Rio de Janeiro, as they explore the key question of why so many other countries have elected female presidents before the United States. In the process they make important discoveries about new democracies, community, and women’s rights.
November 16th, 2015
America’s Longest War: The War on Drugs at Home and Abroad
Since 1971, when President Nixon declared the “war on drugs,” the United States has spent considerable resources at home and abroad in an attempt to curtail the illegal drug trade– with little success. The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs invites you to attend a panel discussion of the consequences of the drug war at home and abroad with experts from the Open Society Foundations. This event is free and open to the public.