That’s what she said: Women in politics

Co-presented with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

21 June 2017

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came so close to winning the White House that she had planned to deliver her victory speech beneath a symbolic glass ceiling. When she lost the presidential election, she didn't just fail to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling in American politics. She lost to a man who accused her of cynically exploiting her gender for political gain.

Will her high-profile loss discourage women from running for office or will it motivate them to become more politically engaged?

Anna Greenberg was the lead pollster in successful US political campaigns for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Tom Wolf, Governor Mark Dayton, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congressman Ron Barber and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.

She will join Geraldine Doogue, current host of ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra, to chart a way forward for women in politics in both the United States and Australia.


Anna Greenberg has been a partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research since 2001, after teaching public opinion and survey research methodology at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. In 2014, Greenberg won the 'Pollster of the Year' award from the AAPC for her work with Bill de Blasio’s campaign for Mayor of New York City.

Greenberg works with a wide range of NGOs on issues ranging from women’s health to LGBTQ rights to attitudes about religion to reducing gun violence to reforming drug laws. She led the research on successful ballot initiatives restricting access to guns, legalizing marijuana and campaign finance reform. She plays leading role in field of data analytics and micro-targeting.

Greenberg serves on the National Board of the American National Election Study (2014-2017) and is a research fellow at American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. She holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


Geraldine Doogue is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster with experience in print, television and radio. She is currently host of ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra. During her career with both the ABC and commercial media she has won two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting from the Television Society of Australia and a United Nations Media Peace Prize. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media.