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Oct. 24: Melissa Deckman to speak about women in politics

FREDERICK, Md.—An expert on women in politics will speak in the second event of the Trump vs. Clinton 2016 lecture series Oct. 24 at Hood College.

Melissa Deckman will present her talk, “Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders and the 2016 Election,” at 5:30 p.m. on the Beneficial-Hodson Library Reading Porch. She will discuss the significance of conservative Republican women in the 2016 election and the future of women in the American Right.

Based on her research of women in the Tea Party movement in Maryland, Deckman will explain how the women behind this movement interpret economic politics and even reclaim the mantel of “feminism” as signifying freedom and independence from government overreach. Figures like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Carly Fiorina will be discussed.

Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs at Washington College in Maryland. She is also an author, and her latest book, “Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right,” explores the role of women in creating and leading the Tea Party movement and the greater significance of women’s involvement in the Tea Party. It aims to build the reader’s understanding of female political leadership.

She is also the author of “School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics,” which examines the impact of the Christian Right on school board elections. The book won the 2007 Hubert Morken Award, given by the American Political Science Association biennially to the best work on religion and politics. She has also written more than a dozen scholarly articles.

Deckman appears frequently as a guest for a variety of public affairs programs on public radio and television to discuss Maryland politics, and she has been cited in numerous newspaper articles, including in the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Pundifact and the Christian Science Monitor. Her commentary on women, religion and politics in recent campaigns has appeared in the Washington Post, the Presidential Gender Watch Blog, the Huffington Post and the Brookings Fix-Gov blog.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carin Robinson at 301-696-3719 or