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Rutgers Professor: Intimidation And Harassment Against Women In Politics Is On The Rise

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 12:27pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 8:45am

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is under Arizona Department of Public Safety protection after receiving death threats this month related to her opposition to Senate Republicans’ controversial audit of November’s Maricopa County ballots. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the security detail after her office requested it earlier this month. 

Hobbs was chased by a man outside of her office earlier this month and, as she posted on Twitter, a man called her office the same day saying she deserved to die and asking what she was wearing so she would “be easy to get.” It was one of three such threats that day.

Mona Lena Krook
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Mona Lena Krook

It’s not the first time Hobbs has dealt with death threats — and she’s not the only Arizona politician to deal with them.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman was threatened during a debate over sex-ed requirements in the state in recent years. And, of course, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot and gravely wounded in Tucson a decade ago as she carried out the duties of her office.

The Show spoke about the disturbing trend with Mona Lena Krook, a political science professor at Rutgers University and author of the book "Violence against Women in Politics." 

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