p(image-right). !/assets/15721/women_voters_release.jpg(women_voters_release.jpg)! p. The ways in which women interact politically in American democracy, how gender affects political processes and development, and how the presence or absence of women shapes democratic policy making will be some of the featured topics at a conference titled "Political Women and American Democracy," May 25 to 27 (Thursday-Saturday) in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. p. Sponsored by Notre Dame's Program in American Democracy, the conference is part of the Annenberg Lecture Series, which features scholars and public figures who explore the challenges and opportunities facing American democracy in the 21st century. p. "Political Women" will feature some 15 women political scientists from around the country who will examine the unprecedented expansion and diversification of research and scholarship on gender and politics. p. More information on the speakers, topics and the conference schedule is available at "http://americandemocracy.nd.edu/conferences/political_women":http://americandemocracy.nd.edu/conferences/political_women . p. Established in 2001, Notre Dame's Program in American Democracy seeks to further the understanding of democratic politics and policy making through research, teaching and other activities that explore and assess the quality of American democracy. p(attribution). Originally published by at newsinfo.nd.edu on May 18, 2006.