During this webinar, Professor Bonnie Stabile will highlight core research from her book: Women, Power, and Rape Culture: The Politics and Policies of Underrepresentation which examines the principal events, actors, and paradigms in the politics of rape, sexual assault, and harassment. Her presentation will connect traumatic events in US politics to women’s underrepresentation in the public sphere and considers the power of presidential speech, judges, and Congress to create structural barriers to women’s representation. Disparities in women’s representation in positions of public authority are considered the disproportionate burden imposed on women by a culture that discounts the prevalence of rape and harassment and by the policies that inadequately address them, allowing them to perpetuate. 

Speaker: Bonnie Stabile, Founder and Director, Gender and Policy Center, George Mason University

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the impact of the commander in chief and the bully pulpit – the power of speech 
  • Examine the college campus context for providing ground for power through weak college and university responses to sexual assault 
  • Highlight ramifications of court decisions and the tale of two justices 
  • Observe the impact of congressional culpability and legislative legacy on women’s representation  

This training has been approved for 1.25 VSP credit hours.

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