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.

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Please join us for a special, two-part program on Monday, March 13.  Part one, which will take place at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, 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:

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

To RSVP for Part I (4:00-5:30pm), please click here.  


Part Two 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:

  • Gloria Steinem, Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Leader
  • Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York 
  • Sonia Ossorio, President, National Organization of Women in New York
  • Christine Quinn, President & Chief Executive Officer, Women in Need
  • Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo

The panel will be moderated by Karen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, radio talk show host and Distinguished Lecturer, Film & Media Department, Hunter College.

 To RSVP for Part II (6:30-8:00pm), please click here.  

How Did Clinton Lose? How Do Women Win? | Posted on February 24th, 2017 | Faculty Public Programs, Public Programs