Episode 21: Perfecting Democracy- Why It Matters- Dr. Barbara Palmer

On this week’s episode of Perfecting Democracy, Ron Bryant interviews Dr. Barbara Palmer about the role and history of women in electoral politics. Dr. Palmer is a professor of political science at Baldwin Wallace University. She has appeared on numerous media programs and is the author of Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change.

In this episode, we discuss the 1872 presidential campaign of Victoria Woodhull and the challenges women have faced in becoming elected officials in the United States with Dr. Barbara Palmer. Dr. Palmer earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is an expert on congressional elections and the position of women in electoral politics. Dr. Palmer has over twenty years of teaching experience and is a recipient of the Baldwin Wallace Student Senate Faculty Excellence Award.

Perfecting Democracy explores the topic of civic and electoral participation using history and jurisprudence to illuminate contemporary issues. This series offers a humanities perspective on electoral engagement in Ohio and America’s multivocal democracy. In each episode, experts from around the state share thought-provoking insights on how best to understand our democracy and why it matters. This program was funded by the 'Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation' initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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