What sparked decisions by Washington state women in the 19th and 20th centuries to buck societal norms and laws to pursue political leadership roles? What fueled their confidence and abilities to push for change in attitudes and practices associated with women's roles? In this thought-provoking presentation, Jeanne Kohl-Welles engages with the audience to examine and understand what and who have played parts in the development and influence of women's leadership roles, historically and in modern times. The conversation will include a parallel examination of male leadership roles and a discussion about what is needed to increase representation of women and women of color in politics today.
Funded project of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.