The Journal of Law and Social Policy’s 11th Annual Symposium

Women in Politics: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

The Journal of Law and Social Policy (JLSP) Symposium will include a half-day of events and programming featuring leading political science, psychology, and legal scholars, as well as current and former politicians. Guest speakers will highlight how women’s representation and role in politics have evolved over time, where we are today, and what we might expect to see in the upcoming years. This bi-partisan conversation will analyze the issue of women’s representation both through the lens of academic research and from the perspective of women with personal experience in Illinois politics. The symposium will be held in honor of Dawn Clark Netsch, an illustrious Northwestern Law alumna.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Northwestern University
Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Schedule for the Day

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Looking at the Data: Women’s Representation in Politics through the Lens of Academic Research

Panelists include Chris Berry from University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Kelly Dittmar from Rutgers University/CAWP, Kira Sanbonmatsu from Rutgers University/CAWP, and Rebecca Sive. The panel will be moderated by Professor Tonja Jacobi.

10:45 am – 11: 45 am | The Personal Perspective: A Conversation with Women in Politics

Panelists include Alyx Pattison, candidate for State Representative 4th District, Natashee Scott, Senior Advisor to Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, and Josina Morita, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner. The panel will be moderated by Northwestern Law student Lari Dierks (JD ’18).

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch & Keynote Address

For our keynote address, we are delighted to welcome Carole Cheney class of 1991 alumna and candidate for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. 

Please direct questions to Lauren Rodosky and Claire Hutar, JLSP Symposium Chairs:

This event is sponsored by the Journal of Law and Social Policy. The use of Northwestern University facilities for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the University. The views of those invited to speak on campus are the views of the speaker and not of Northwestern University. Northwestern University does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election. 


The Journal of Law and Social Policy‘s 11th Annual Symposium is supported by the Irving Gordon Symposia Fund, established in 1996 by the Gordon family, Northwestern alumni, and friends to honor the memory of Irving Gordon, a graduate of the class of 1947, and a beloved faculty member of the Law School from 1966 until his death in 1994. Additional support has been generously provided by the following sponsor: Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.