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Oregon is a national leader in the participation by women in politics and government

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Melody Valdini, professor of political science at Portland State University, and Jillian Schoene, executive director of Emerge Oregon, will discuss the impact of women on leadership at the next monthly meeting of Willamette Women Democrats.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS  - Schoene

The gathering is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on March 16 at Celebrate Conference Center, 15555 S.W. Bangy Road in Lake Oswego.

Political science research shows that women legislators sponsor more bills, pass more laws and send their districts more money while focusing on legislation that improves the lives of women and families. Valdini and Schoene will speak about the shift in political leadership following the 2018 election and why Oregon leads

other states in the number of women who are participat-

ing in politics and government.

Valdini is chair of the Representation and Electoral Systems section of the American Political Science Association. She won the Carrie Chapman Cat Prize for a project on gender stereotypes and political corruption in 2011.

Schoene's organization is dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network.

All are welcome to attend the discussion. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by noon Monday, March 11 — online at w2dems.com or by calling 503-656-4445.

Willamette Women Democrats is a locally organized, nonprofit progressive organization established to provide informative programs, promote progressive policies and encourage women to be politically active.

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