Kay Bailey Hutchison To Speak at SMU Symposium

Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first – and only – woman elected to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at SMU’s “Women in Politics” symposium Jan. 30.

The event, which begins at 8 a.m. in the Meadows Museum, is hosted by SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and is presented by Charles and Jane Harrell Pierce.

The symposium will explore the landscape for women as candidates for elective office in the United States, especially in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. The panels will discuss questions such as why progress in recruiting and electing women has been sluggish, and differences between the national parties efforts to recruit and elect women. SMU political science professor Dennis Simon and Baldwin Wallace University political scientist Barbara Palmer will be featured panelists, discussing the findings in their 2012 book, Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change.

The event is free and open to the public and is broken down into four parts including two discussion panels, a luncheon, and a closing reception. Click here to register for the whole day or just part of the symposium.

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