1992 was dubbed the “Year of the Woman” as an historic number of women candidates ran for office and won. 2018 saw strong parallels as another wave of women were elected to Congress. Women have been breaking records and smashing glass ceilings, including the historic election of Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Georgetown University Women’s and Gender Studies Program co-hosted a conversation with women who have broken barriers in politics and opened the door for others to follow.
Moderator: Donna Brazile, First Black woman to run a major presidential campaign, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Women’s & Gender Studies Program
Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, First Black woman elected to the US Senate (1993-1999)
Congresswoman Sharice Davids, One of the first Native American women and the first LGBT Native American elected to the US House (2019-Present)
Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, First female Governor of New Mexico and first Hispanic female governor in the United States (2011-2019)
Delegate Kathy Tran, First Vietnamese American elected to office in the Commonwealth of Virginia (2018-Present)
Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, First female governor of New Jersey (1994-2001)