You may have heard that women leaders were better at managing the COVID-19 crisis, whether as business executives or politicians. Pundits celebrated the success of cool-headed crisis managers like New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and criticized the leaders like Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who blustered and scoffed their way through the pandemic’s early months. In this session, we’ll explore this narrative about women leaders as better, considering:
Jennifer M. Piscopo is Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Her research on gender, political representation, and political leadership has appeared in over twenty peer-reviewed journals and numerous edited volumes. She consults regularly for international organizations such as UN Women. Her public-facing writing on women and political empowerment has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Review, Ms. Magazine, and The Smithsonian.
Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College
CEO Senior Research Scientist