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Prof. Monopoli Presents Research on Women's Political Leadership

On March 1, Professor Paula Monopoli, Director of the School of Law's Women, Leadership & Equality Program, joined fellow preeminent legal scholars for an international conference on Feminist Constitutionalism at Queen's University law school in Ontario, Canada. The conference debated how constitutions are succeeding, or failing, to protect women's rights both in Canada and internationally.

Professor Monopoli presented her paper, "The Gendered State and Women’s Political Leadership," co-authored with political scientist Eileen McDonagh of Northeastern University and the Harvard Institute of Quantitative Social Science.

"We are exploring how constitutional design and the lack of a ‘maternal’ state explains the slow progress for women in positions of political leadership in the United States," said Professor Monopoli, whose recent publications include "Gender and Justice: Parity and the United States Supreme Court" [8 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 43 (2007)] and "Gender and Constitutional Design" [115 Yale Law Journal 2643 (2006)].

Last year, Monopoli was one of 15 scholars invited to participate in the "Women in Political Leadership" roundtable at the University of Maryland's James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

"Back in 1981, when Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, we thought there would be three or four women on the Court by now. Instead, we’re back to one," she said.


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