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How Women's Rights Shape National Security and Democracy

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Valerie Hudson and Zoe Marks explain why “what you do to your women, you do to your nation.”
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About the Episode

Around the world, authoritarianism is rising and women’s rights are declining—and it’s not a coincidence that’s happening at the same time. Valerie Hudson and Zoe Marks join Deep Dish to explain how sexism undermines national security, why autocrats are afraid of women, and why progress on gender equality is essential for stability, democracy, and prosperity.

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This episode is sponsored by William Blair

About the Experts
Professor & George H.W. Bush Chair, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University
Valerie Hudson is professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She has previously taught at Brigham Young, Northwestern, and Rutgers universities. Her research foci include foreign policy analysis, security studies, gender and international relations, and methodology.
Lecturer, Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Zoe Marks is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of conflict and political violence; race, gender and inequality; peacebuilding; & African politics. Her current book project examines the internal dynamics of rebellion in Sierra Leone to understand how and why rebel groups can sustain a viable threat to the state without widespread support.
Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson

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