Coordinator, Office of the President

Areas of Expertise: Civic & Political Engagement

Gina Chirillo serves as the Coordinator in the Office of the President, where she manages daily operations and contributes to research projects, chiefly focusing on women and politics. She also serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. Her research has centered on the relationship between women’s political participation and corruption around the world.

Before joining IWPR, Gina served as a gender and women’s political participation expert at the National Democratic Institute, advising its Africa team and its Central and Eastern Europe team on democracy and governance programming. She also worked for President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign in Florida.

Gina holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a Concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the George Washington University, where she received the Nicole Paul Endowed Prize in Women’s Studies, awarded for demonstrated commitment to feminist scholarship and activism. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and French from Emory University. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, her favorite things are complaining about cold weather, 1,000-piece tiger puzzles, and Survivor.

Publications

Five Ways to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap

The 79.6 percent wage ratio figure, the most commonly used figure to measure the gender wage gap in the United States, is often derided as misleading, a myth, or worst of all, a lie. In this post, we argue that the figure is an accurate measure of the inequality in earnings between women and men…