Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites

March 24, 2023
12:00 PM
302 Schaeffer Hall (SH)

The Public Policy Center is proud to support the Spring 2023 speaker series hosted by the Department of Political Science. This week's guest speaker is Nadia Brown, professor of government and Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University.

In Sister Style, Nadia E. Brown and Danielle Casarez Lemi argue that Black women's political experience and the way that voters evaluate them is shaped overtly by their skin tone and hair texture, with hair being a particular point of scrutiny. They ask what the politics of appearance for Black women mean for Black women politicians and Black voters, and how expectations about self-presentation differ for Black women versus Black men, White men, and White women. Black women running for office face pressure, often from campaign consultants and even close colleagues, to change their style in order to look more like White women. However, as this book shows, Black women candidates and elected officials react differently to these pressures depending on factors like age and incumbency.

This talk is free and open to the public; no prior registration is required.



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