Contrary to the predictions of pollsters and pundits, Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election. Why did she lose? Immediate analyses focused on economic anxiety and dissatisfaction over Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Although those issues were undoubtedly important, this two-part event focuses on an additional factor that has received too little attention: sexism.

Please join us for a special program on Monday, March 13.
Note: Registration is at capacity for both sessions.

RSVP here.



Registration is closed for Part one (4:00-5:30 PM), which will take place at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, and features researchers who have studied reactions to competent women in general and to Clinton in particular. To understand Clinton’s electoral fate it is necessary to understand why competent women are often disliked. The panelists are:

Maya Godbole, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Noelle Malvar, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Corinne Moss-Racusin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College
Laurie A. Rudman, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences
Charles Tien, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College
Virginia Valian, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Hunter College

Registration is closed for Part Two (6:30-8:00 PM), which will take place at the Danny and Sylvia Kaye Playhouse, and features well-known commentators with vast knowledge about elections and the status of women in public life. They will reflect on their own experiences and how those experiences apply to the 2016 elections. The panelists are:

Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo
Hon. Kathy Hochul, New York State Lieutenant Governor
Karen Hunter (Moderator), Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, radio talk-show host and Distinguished Lecturer, Film & Media Department, Hunter College
Sonia Ossorio, President, National Organization of Women in New York
Christine Quinn, President & Chief Executive Officer, Women in Need
Gloria Steinem, Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Leader