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CSUSB professor co-authors article that says while women have made strides as political leaders, much still needs to be doneFiveThirtyEightJan. 30, 2020 Meredith Conroy, CSUSB assistant professor of political science, co-wrote an article that began: “Even before women received the constitutional right to vote, they were serving in elected office. In the early 20th century, candidates like Marian Towne in Oregon and Rachel Emma Berry in Arizona won seats in their state legislatures. And in 1916 — four years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment — Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. But more than 100 years later, women are still underrepresented in state and national politics. “Which isn’t to say that women are as much of a rarity in political office as they were just a few decades ago. Women’s electoral fortunes have improved in the last 40 years. A record number of women were sworn into Congress last year — but the share of women in the House of Representatives is still just 23 percent, and in the Senate, 26 percent.” Conroy wrote the article with Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight senior writer, and Ella Koze, FiveThirtyEight visual journalist. Read the complete article at “More women are holding political office — but not everywhere.”

CSUSB professor writes on how most states election systems are a barrier to women candidatesFiveThirtyEightJan. 29, 2020 Meredith Conroy, CSUSB assistant professor of political science, co-wrote an article with Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight senior writer, about how the method some states use to elect lawmakers doesn’t favor women candidates. The article focused on the effect multi-member districts and single-member districts have on women being elected to legislative bodies. “It may seem like an innocuous change: If women were likely to be elected in one system, then they should be in the other. But there’s a host of research suggesting that in multi-member districts, more women might be encouraged to run and more women might win. For a country that still elects three times more men than women to state legislatures, multi-member districts might be a simple trick to help balance the scales — if only it weren’t going out of style,” the article said. “Political scientists have spent a lot of time examining what increases the likelihood of a woman running and getting elected. We hear about how women need to be recruited, how they need deeper political networks and support. But the structure of elections may also shape women’s electoral fortunes in profound ways.” Read the complete article at “The way most states elect candidates isn’t very good for women.”

CSUSB professor included among experts discussing increase in anti-Semitic incidents in New YorkCity & State New YorkJan. 29, 2020 To understand why anti-Semitic acts are on the rise in New York and what can be done about it, City & State consulted the following experts: Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino; Evan Bernstein, vice president of the Northeast division of the Anti-Defamation League; Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council; and Jeannine Bell, an expert in hate crimes and professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Read the complete article at “Why have anti-Semitic (hate crimes) risen in New York?”

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