Monday, August 17, 2009

Director Jennifer Lawless on Canadian Television

Click here to watch Director Jennifer L. Lawless on CTV

Director Jennifer Lawless appears again on the Canadian airwaves, this time on CTV. Dr. Lawless reacts to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "bristled" response to a mis-translated question during an event in Congo . Dr. Lawless discusses the question posed to Secretary Clinton and notes the gender disparities in the media’s reaction to candidates and office holders. In particular, she cites Clinton’s "cry" during the New Hampshire Primary in 2008. The discussion then segues into a conversation about why women don't run for office. The segment concludes with mention of the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics. Dr. Lawless explains that women often work behind the scenes to bring about change, as opposed to running for public office.

Jennifer L. Lawless is an expert on women’s political ambition and the lead author of It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (with Richard L. Fox). She is the Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, where she is also an Associate Professor of Government.