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SXSW 2019

How a Record Number of Women Ran and Won in 2018

Today in the U.S. Congress just 20 percent of our lawmakers are women. Across all 50 states, only four black women currently serve in statewide office. There is a devastating lack of diversity among our elected officials, and that failure is reflected in our public policy, from issues like women's health to abuse and harassment in the military. In 2018, a record number of women and minority women are running for office, and their election could change the face of government. Our panel discusses the "pink wave" - what encouraged women to run, how did they win over their male counterparts, and what does the future look like with more women in office? Featuring lawmakers, campaign experts and political commentators, we'll talk about the results and implications of a HERstory-making election.

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  1. What encouraged a record breaking number of women to run for public office in 2018? How can we encourage more women to run?
  2. How will Congress change with a record number of women holding public office? How will state governments change with more women in office?
  3. What difference did minority women see this election year? How can we do more to elect minority women?

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Terri Sewell, Member of Congress, House of Representatives

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Future Workplace
  • Level: Intermediate
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