Guest Lecture: Farida Jalalzai

Luther College Women and Gender Studies department hosts Price Lecturer Farida Jalalzai Nov. 2

How and why do prime ministerships and presidencies remain a male bastion? What are the conditions especially resistant to women's incorporation and how does this relate to gender? Overall, how much progress has really been made in women's attainment of national executive offices and what does their inclusion—or lack thereof—suggest for democracy?

Farida Jalalzai, the Luther College Women and Gender Studies program's fall 2016 Price Lecturer, answers these questions and more in her lecture "The Global Dimensions of Women's Leadership" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

The Price Lecture, open to the public with no charge for admission, is an endowed lecture funded by Lucile Brickner Brown Price to feature speakers who illustrate the roles, contributions, programs and achievements of women as leaders in society.

In her lecture, Jalalzai focuses on women who have led their countries as prime ministers and presidents worldwide, and the conditions that surround women's executive leadership in general.

Jalalzai is the Hannah Atkins endowed chair and associate professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. Her research analyzes the representation and behavior of women and minorities in politics and the role of gender in the political arena. Her work focuses on women national leaders, women in Congress and media representation of women candidates.

Her first book "Shattered, Cracked and Firmly Intact: Women and the Executive Glass Ceiling Worldwide" offers a comprehensive analysis of women, gender and national leadership positions. Her second book, "Women Presidents of Latin America: Beyond Family Ties?" examines several case studies of the behavior of women national leaders including presidents Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Cristina Fernández of Argentina.

Jalalzai is currently working on a co-edited volume titled "Measuring Women's Political Empowerment Worldwide" with Amy C. Alexander, associate senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, and Catherine Bolzendahl, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She is also co-authoring the book, "Senhora Presidenta: Women's Representation in Brazil during Dilma Rousseff's Presidency," with Luther professor Pedro dos Santos.

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