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Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 222 degree and certificate programs in the arts... more.
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and the Women's Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University
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Professor Deirdre Condit, Chair of the VCU Department of Political Science, noted, "For many students, this was their first time presenting at a conference outside of their home institutions.
In a panel titled, "Running for Office Against a Glass Ceiling," a discussion that was meant to encourage women to seek higher political office, one of the speakers had an interesting take on the potential Bush v. Clinton 2016 presidential battle. (Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton.) Here's why Dr. Deirdre Condit, Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, thinks such a war title is 'sexist.'
Dr. Condit's rant wasn't finished just yet.
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Professor Deirdre Condit, Chair of the VCU Department of Political Science, noted, â€œFor many students, this was their first time presenting at a conference outside of their home institutions.
Deidre Condit, chairwoman of the political science program at Virginia Commonwealth University, said the McDonnell jury's "resounding response" to the corruption charges should be a wake-up call for Virginia politicians.
"It appeared to me to express the wide gap between the political will of this microcosm of the citizenry of Virginia and the political will of the state legislature," Condit said. "This response from the jury says 'We want a high bar for ethics.' " In contrast, she said, the General Assembly enacted only a tepid, toothless ethics reform package this year in response to the McDonnell scandal. "It's a sad day for the McDonnells, but perhaps a very good day for Virginia politics," Condit said, noting that the former first couple's sentencing will occur just days before the 2015 legislative session begins.
"She's clearly an up and comer," says Dierdre Condit, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government who studies women in politics.
Condit suggests women who lobby for traditionalist family structures experience a paradoxical situation when they leave the private sphere to advocate for it. But on the flip side, socially conservative women can translate public activism into an authoritative message of "doing what's best for my family," Condit says. She notes that one historically traditionalist ideal of women views them as the in-home moral centers of family life, charged with raising God-fearing future leaders. "For Christian conservative women and women throughout the Christian evangelical movement, this is a natural extension of what women should do," Condit says.