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Women Candidates for Municipal Elected Office: Decisions, Resources, and Structures

LEADING WOMEN: A Speaker and Film Series on Women’s Public Leadership

4:30— 6:30 p.m.

Join us for this free event! Professor Şenol, assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Izmir Institute of Technology, will discuss preliminary findings from interviews conducted with women candidates who sought local elective office in communities throughout Greater Boston since 2000. Her presentation will explore the conditions that influenced women’s experiences of running for municipal office, factors that led them to run, and the resources they had—or did not have—in their campaigns. With women remaining underrepresented in local government in Massachusetts and across the nation, this presentation will provide insights into challenges and opportunities facing women interested in serving in local office.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the College of Advancing and Professional Studies, the Women's Studies Department, the Political Science Department, and the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management.

For more information, contact Denise Schultz at 617-287-5541. RSVP

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Learn more about our graduate certificate programs:

Women in Politics and Public Policy, a nine-month program that prepares students to serve at all levels of government, take on leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, hold elected office, and pursue advanced degrees, most frequently in law and public policy.

Women's Leadership in a Global Perspective, a one-year, online program designed to educate current and future women leaders on how best to address women’s issues and reduce gender inequalities worldwide.


Please note that there have been changes to parking at UMass Boston. The North Lot has been closed to allow for construction of the new General Academic building. Please allow extra time for parking. Abundant parking is available at the UMass Boston Bayside Lot, located at 200 Mount Vernon Street in Boston, with a dedicated shuttle to the Campus Center. The university strongly suggests using the MBTA (JFK station on the redline) whenever possible. Shuttle service from the T station to campus is free and frequent. Please note that parking costs $6 at all times of day.

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