Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Who is designing your future? Why and how we need to elect women at all levels of government

Lecture by Victora Budson (Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

20Oct2017 15:30 - 17:00


Why are women the minorities in so many elective bodies in North America and Europe, and why is this problematic? Victoria Budson will answer these questions drawing on decades of experience as an elected and appointed leader in American politics and as founder of the ‘From Harvard Square to the Oval Office: A Political Campaign Practicum’ (Oval Office), a non-partisan initiative of the Women and Public Policy Program that provides graduate students with the training and support they need to ascend in the electoral process at the local, state and national levels. Taking the current political climate in the United States as its case she will explain what universities and students can do to engage, recruit, and train women as future political leaders. Politics is too important to leave to men.

About the lecturer

Victoria A. Budson is a founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Budson’s policy advice is regularly drawn upon by leaders across the sectors including: the White House Council on Women and Girls, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Army and Air Force, as well as multinational corporations leading on diversity and inclusion. She speaks regularly on topics related to closing gender gaps such as gender and public policy, electoral politics and political action. Budson also addresses how diversity and gender equality improve the profitability of corporations and the prosperity of families and society. She focuses on evidence-based methods that are proven to improve diversity and gender equality in the workplace.



The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.

Room: REC A 2.09

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