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Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?


Sep 16 • 6:00 pm

(All times are in PDT)

Image courtesy of Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona: David Hume Kennerly Archive. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

Since 1964, more women than men have voted in every United States presidential election. Yet we still don’t have a woman president or vice president; California, one of the first states to give women the right to vote, is one of 20 states that still hasn’t had a female governor, and Los Angeles has never had a female mayor. Why do women remain much less likely than men to run for office, despite the fact that they win elections at comparable rates (and that in some cases, women have an edge)? What would it take for women to achieve political power equal to that of men both locally and nationally?

One hundred years after the U.S. ratified the 19th Amendment, which was meant to guarantee American women the Constitutional right to vote, Johns Hopkins University historian Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, Institute for Women’s Policy Research president C. Nicole Mason, and California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, author of the California Fair Pay Act, visit Zócalo to discuss the impact a century of women voting has made on representation in America, California, and Los Angeles.

The second of the three-part event series When Women Vote, co-presented with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.