From the Voting Booth to Your Living Room

The voting booth is the only place on earth where the least powerful and most powerful are equal. Or at least, that should and would be true, if it weren’t for such fixable problems as low voter turn-out, unlimited political spending, gerrymandering, and voter suppression. This panel is devoted to discussing how to make the first sentence a reality by minimizing the second. Do we do this by emphasizing the impact of voting on our daily lives?

How can we encourage more diverse and representative candidacies for public office, as culturally diverse democracies should? Both the United States and France have never elected a female president. Why has this been the case, what does it mean, and most importantly, how can we change this situation?

All of these questions—and more—will be open to exploration.

This event is part of Festival Albertine 2017. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer, and frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.

Christiane Taubira is the founder of the left-wing Guianese party Walwari, and was elected four times to the National Assembly of France (representing French Guiana). In 2012, she was appointed Justice Minister of France. Ms. Taubira is strongly committed to civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of disadvantaged youth.

Watch this event live via Livestream on Nov. 1 at 7pm (EST).

Festival Albertine is made possible with major support from The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Fondation CHANEL, and Institut français. Generous support is provided by Champagne Pommery and Intercontinental New York Barclay.

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