Faculty Member Leisha DeHart-Davis Quoted in News & Observer Article about Women Running for Public Office

Faculty member Leisha DeHart-Davis, associate professor of public administration and government, was quoted in a News & Observer article that examines the increasing number of women running for public office.

In the article entitled, “Women are half the population. Now they’re half the Raleigh City Council, too,” N&O reporter Henry Gargan examined the trend of women running for public office, both in North Carolina and across the nation. DeHart-Davis commented, “I think women are absolutely more motivated to run. My impression is that women are seeing political issues being addressed very narrowly and not taking into account a range of concerns, and I expect we’re going to see an increasing number of women running in the coming years.”

DeHart-Davis directs the Local Government Workplaces Initiative, which conducts organizational research for improving city and county workplaces, and is also a faculty partner in Engaging Women in Local Government, a program that seeks to equip women to pursue public service leadership positions. Earlier this year, DeHart-Davis was a guest on UNC’s podcast “Well Said,” discussing women in leadership.  Listen to the podcast online.