Challenges and opportunities for women in politics

Kathryn Pearson, Erin Murphy, and Jenifer Loon
University of Minnesota professor Kathryn Pearson, former state Reps. Erin Murphy and Jenifer Loon discuss women in politics at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Tuesday.

Two former state representatives discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in politics.

Former state Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, served from 2009 to 2019. She was narrowly defeated in the 2018 election.

Former state Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, served from 2007 to 2019. She ran unsuccessfully for governor of Minnesota in 2018.

The moderator was University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson, who worked on the congressional staffs of two congresswomen, one of each party.

Professor Pearson said her research…

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