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Recruiting Women for Office: Why Is it Still Necessary? | 100 Years After Women’s Suffrage ctm magazine

Of the more than 12,000 U.S. lawmakers who have served in Congress since 1789, only 366 have been women. This conversation about the importance of recruiting women into politics was originally livestreamed to the National Geographic Women of Impact Facebook Group on August 12, 2020.


* Mallory Benedict, photo editor at National Geographic (moderator)
* Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Democratic representative for Congressional Caucus for Women
* Ariel Hill-Davis, Co-founder of Republican Women for Progress
* Christabel Cruz, Director of New Leadership for the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University

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Recruiting Women for Office: Why Is it Still Necessary? | 100 Years After Women’s Suffrage

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  • Jacc Just-A-Concerned-Citizen on August 19, 2020

    So you are not going to provide any data on the % of women who want to run for office who are unable to do so? And comparing that very relevant metric to the % of men who want to run for office. It may not change your conclusion but how can you have a meaningful dialogue without even devoting some time to gathering the basic foundations of an inequality argument. Or are you merely pursuing the goal of equality of outcome, regardless of circumstances, ambition, opportunities, etc. This all seems very superficial and politically driven (shout out to all the neo-Marxists who love this type of childish logic).

  • Dankinus Maximus on August 19, 2020

    This is dumb. Equality of opportunity is a fine thing to strive towards, and we already have it. Equality of outcome is stupid and literally communism

  • naz salabarria on August 19, 2020

    End women’s suffrage now !!!!!

  • Don Lalo on August 19, 2020

    I saw a sort of survivor show where one Island had only men & another only woman. Men worked well together as a team. As for the women, well…… they failed & quit.

  • Bot Hack on August 19, 2020

    Imagine you get job just to filled diversity checkmark in company

  • Dunning-Kruger Pandemic on August 19, 2020

    Wow that's a whole bunch of dislikes
    Can somebody summarize the video for me? I don't have a full hour to watch it

  • BeBopScraBoo on August 19, 2020

    please take politics off of the natgeo channel.

  • RitaThe Fox on August 19, 2020

    literal brain damage

  • Aziz Kash on August 19, 2020

    More leftist propaganda

  • mmatrainee on August 19, 2020

    Where are the men for this story?

  • i so tired on August 19, 2020

    They are SMART? & dont want to argue with idiots? Been there, done that. Way better ways to spend your life, for ANY amount of money.

  • wrllovemen on August 19, 2020

    I don’t want to be selected because I’m a woman!! I want to be selected because I’m good at my job and if I’m not, Higher someone that is. Pick people according to talent, attitude, and growth ability. Stop picking people based on gender or the color of the rainbow.
    s'il vous plaît

  • Jonathan Bowen on August 19, 2020

    Isn't it illegal/unlawful to discriminate on basis of gender when hiring?

  • Nope Nope on August 19, 2020

    This is inane – Suffrage has always been about equal opportunity, NOT equal outcome or even equal representation! If more women want to run, they should. For a nation that is so stifling of its women, being a female sure is an important title to democrats…

  • Freddy B.B on August 19, 2020

    Shutting it down.. the pity party is over. Time to get back to real life where actual problems are waiting to be solved. This ain't one of them

  • Roy Godiksen on August 19, 2020

    I wish there were more focus on getting the Right person, in stead of focusing on gender and color. Hopeless.

  • Stone Reaper on August 19, 2020

    We don't need anymore victims in office screaming oppression and pushing marxism

  • knittygirl one on August 19, 2020

    Yes yes yes!!

  • artiew87 on August 19, 2020

    You shouldn't vote on stupid reasons like gender or skin color. It's the same as the racist who votes for people because they aren't a certain skin color.

  • Ollie on August 19, 2020

    entitlement, playing the victim, unsubbed,

  • Abhilasha Supe on August 20, 2020

    it's just about more participation by people from every aspect of life. that no one should feel like they don't have a place in politics… why are people so butthurt in the comments

  • Cynthia Copland on August 20, 2020

    We need EVERYONE at the table for all parts of our 🇺🇸country “We gotta long way to go, baby” was the slogan in the ‘70s.

  • spooch on August 20, 2020


  • Chicken Juice on August 20, 2020

    It should have nothing to do with gender, rather it should have everything to do with qualification and passion for the subject.

  • Józef Styczyński on August 20, 2020

    It’s stupid, then and now

  • Citizen Dildo on August 20, 2020

    My previous joke/comment got deleted. Surprise surprise.

  • Fabiana 🍭 on August 20, 2020

    All the guys who dislike this video are so petty and immature, it's funny how they don't even realise that and think that disliking a video will change anything in real life lmao

  • National Geographic on August 20, 2020

    Of the more than 12,000 U.S. lawmakers who have served in Congress since 1789, only 366 have been women. What's one thing you learned from this video?

  • We need strong women in politics cause strong minds instead of people like trump I will vote for a woman any day cause they are fair thank you FMR soldier

  • Richie on August 20, 2020

    😀Remarkable video,women suffrage and participation in Politics is a fine discussion presented by Nat Geo.
    My mother has always set her best foot to contribute for such a cause too.
    Thank you NatGeo👍

  • C Amor on August 20, 2020

    The amount of misogynistic, sexist, and quite honestly hilariously idiotic, comments presented by threatened men under this video goes to show how much of an improvement we have yet to make. How boring and sad to live in such an outdated mindset

  • cptobvious64 on August 20, 2020

    S T F U

  • Jeffrey Blattman on August 20, 2020

    I know producing this type of content is cheaper than nature docs but please, this isn't why we subbed. How about making a second channel for politics?

  • Umi's Field Day on August 20, 2020

    This comment section is why we need more inclusion in representation.

    “PiCk tHe BeSt PeRsOn FoR tHe JoB” sorry, if you have a string of copy-paste Chads, some of those people were not best and didn’t deserve the job.

  • Wambock Tailor on August 21, 2020


  • Tim Morris on August 23, 2020

    It isn't necessary. What IS necessary is recruiting competent leaders who put the well being of all the people they are leading ahead of any personal agendas. Gender and ethnicity are irrelevant.

  • Don Preister on August 25, 2020

    Interesting that twice as many people have clicked they do not like it! Maybe some are not ready to share power yet, to have equal access to the elections.. Discussion is good. Thank you!

  • Matthew Christopher on August 30, 2020

    Feminism is the death of our society. Between women being “idolized” by everyone, as well as y’all’s incessant need to feel heard, AND with women holding ALL the immediate parental rights for children, there is no incentive as a male to subject ourselves to this behavior.
    Furthermore, wearing vaginas on your heads years ago was absurd and disgusting.

  • Stan Harrison on September 5, 2020

    why in the f@%k is nat geo involved in political bs. I come here to get away from social garbage. the world is full of self serving victims and rich power hungry a holes. no wonder im becoming a hermit.

  • Jeffer Reira on November 3, 2020


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  • T Mac Jr. on January 3, 2021

    No one cares what a persons gender is, their race or their orientation….
    What matters is, are you qualified for the job and are your the best person for it.
    That’s it. It’s 2021… stop acting as if there is still an issue. 
    I’ve worked with and for people of all races and genders. NONE OF IT MATTERED.
    If you’re putting a person in a position because of their gender or race YOU ARE WRONG.
    That is exactly what MLK DIDNT want. It’s about the content of the character and their qualifications. We have come a long way in this country. Stop with the woke nonsense.
    It’s “what the streets are crying for”? HaHaHa…. WoW!
    Why is this even on National Geographic Channel? Looks like Nat Geo has jumped on the left wing propaganda bandwagon… pathetic

  • Bella S on January 27, 2021

    All of the trolls in these comments are too desperate for attention. When they get too desperate, it stops actually being funny and becomes borderline cringy.

  • Thomas Maughan on February 13, 2021

    "Why Is it Still Necessary?" It isn't necessary and it isn't mandated by the Constitution. Anyone that wishes to run for public office (with few limitations) is free to do so.

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