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The BW Center for Women & Politics of Ohio is a nonpartisan public resource dedicated to telling the stories of the remarkable women who have run for public office in Ohio, collecting data on women candidates, and providing undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in original research.

Professor Barbara Palmer Goes to Iceland

Barbara Palmer, Executive Director of the Center for Women and Politics of Ohio, attended the Reykjavik Global Forum in November of 2023, as part of a delegation of American women sponsored by Running Start.  She met with women prime ministers, members of parliament, and leaders of non-profits from around the world. "It was an honor to learn from these inspirational leaders.  I can't wait to share my experiences with my students."

BW Students Participate in 2023 NEW Leadership at Ohio State

Irene Jayapandian ('25), Maddie Robinson ('23), and Jillian Smith ('24) were selected to be part of a week-long political leadership program in Columbus in May.  Jayapandian was the student keynote speaker at a reception featuring Members of the Ohio Statehouse, Capitol Hill staffers, lobbyists, and community leaders.

Read All About It!  The CWPO in the News

Liana Gonzalez and Christina Vitakis, 2022-23 CWPO Undergraudate Research Fellows, publish op-eds with Professor Barbara Palmer in The Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com.

"Ohio's Diversity Not Reflected At the Statehouse"

"Why Are There So Few Women in Ohio Politics?"

OHIO STATS (as of Sept 2023)

Since 2019, all 14 judges on the Summit County Court of Common Pleas have been women. The photo features the 10 women who serve on the general division.

Photo: © Karen Schiely – USA TODAY NETWORK

Professor Barbara Palmer, PhD, is the Creator and Executive Director of the BW CWPO and can be reached at bpalmer@bw.edu. She is on sabbatical doing more research until January of 2024.