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Episode 178: Black Women in Politics w/ Dr. Nadia Brown

June 2, 2021

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Nadia Brown, an incoming professor in the Department of Government and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Georgetown University. During the episode, they discuss her book, Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making (33:40), and the implications of her theory on representational identity for legislative decision-making (40:00). They also have a conversation about the outcome of Black women’s political engagement (46:28) and pressing social issues among Black women (52:00). They close the episode by discussing Dr. Brown’s recent book, Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites. Specifically, they explore her motivation for writing the book (59:30), the political ramifications of Black women’s physical appearance (1:06:50), how Black women manage perceptions (1:09:50), and generational differences related to political attitudes and appearance (1:11:20). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

06:18 - “Oh Lawd” News 

21:10 - Introduction of the Topic

24:00 - Learn more about Dr. Nadia Brown 

1:15:22 - The Importance of Centering Black Women in Politics 

1:18:40 Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview