AMES, Iowa – The first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate will visit Iowa State University as the 30th recipient of the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will present a lecture, "Women Leaders: Building Bridges to Get the Job Done," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A reception will follow the lecture in the South Ballroom. Both events are free and open to the public.
Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, says Klobuchar is an example of the difference women can make as elected officials. Research shows women often will not run for office unless asked, and Bystrom says Klobuchar’s lecture may be the push some need.
“Following the 2016 election, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in Iowa and across the United States of women interested in running for local, state and federal political office,” Bystrom said. “We thought this would be a great time to host a woman political leader with a record of bipartisan leadership to encourage and inspire others to consider public service.”
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