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The Power of the Pantsuit: Gender in the 2016 Election

Renya Wasson, Executive MPA '17
November 14, 2016

Philadelphia, PA – Five days before the Presidential election, Women of Fels and the Penn Women’s Political League jointly hosted a panel discussion entitled The Power of the Pantsuit: Gender in the 2016 Election. While no one on the panel forecasted the outcome of the election, many of the points raised will resonate for years to come.

Moderator Alexandria Hoff from CBS Eyewitness News guided a thoughtful discussion on topics ranging from the importance of electing officials from under-represented groups to the role of the media. The distinguished panel included Renée Amoore (Deputy Chairman PA GOP), the Honorable Joanna McClinton (PA State Representative 191st District), Dr. Dawn Teele (Assistant Professor of Political Science here at Penn), and Anne Wakabayashi (Executive Director of EmergePA).

Some highlights of the evening included Amoore encouraging women to enter politics early in lower-level positions and then to work up the chain. McClinton and Amoore also encouraged women to support each other, both as campaign contributors and mentors. Wakabayashi recounted how recruiting women to run for office typically takes eight requests, as opposed to one request for most men.

At the end of the evening, Teele shared some positive developments, including this memorable fact: women in Congress sponsor more bills and pass more laws than their male counterparts.

Current students and alumni are encouraged to join Women of Fels, a group within the Fels Institute of Government committed to facilitating the professional development and personal growth of women pursuing their careers in the public sector.

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