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TIAA 2019–20 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture — The Myth of Electability: What it Really Takes for Women to Win
September 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The TIAA 2019–20 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture will be presented by Emily Cain, a 2002 alumna of UMaine and the Honors College. She is currently the executive director of EMILY’s List following a decade of experience as a state legislator in Maine.
Reception: 3 p.m.
Lecture: 3:30 p.m.
Abstract: “Electability” is tossed around in the press and by pundits as if it can be measured or objectively determined. The reality is that electability is determined on Election Day by voters and, for women candidates, what it takes to cross that finish line is nothing short of extraordinary. Past results are not always the best indicators of future elections, and when we let the past drive our expectations of the future, women are kept out of positions of power and leadership. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY’s List, will share insight and examples of how electability is not reality, and how women are leading the way to true systemic change in our political landscape.