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Debra Fitzpatrick is the director of the Center on Women and Policy at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

U of M expert available to discuss women and political power

November 9, 2010

This past weekend, the Minnesota Senate witnessed the selection of both the first female majority leader and female Senate president. Despite women moving into these high profile leadership positions, the Minnesota Legislature saw a net decline of six female seats. At the federal level, progress stalled with women House and Senate members remaining a small fraction of the membership -- 16-17 percent depending on recount results.

How will this impact legislative priorities at both levels and women's political leadership more generally? A University of Minnesota expert who can comment on how women’s political fortunes have changed over the past several decades is:

Debra Fitzpatrick, director of the Center on Women and Public Policy, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Fitzpatrick is convening a special panel, “Women and Political Power in the Humphrey Era and Today,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. For more information, visit

To interview Fitzpatrick, contact Anne Mason, Humphrey Institute, (612) 625-9436 or; or Jeff Falk, University News Service, or (612) 626-1720.

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