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Kansas Congresswoman Delivers Dole Lecture

Jeff Carmody

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins emphasized the role of women in community leadership on Sunday, when she delivered the Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas.

"Whether we learn it as babysitters or big sisters or mothers, we are good at keeping everybody happy and a lot of balls in the air and multitasking," Congresswoman Jenkins says. "We just have unique skill sets that maybe some of our men don't have." 

She also highlighted some of the challenges of a career in public office.

"Finding the will to leave Kansas every week to go do a job that is very important," she says. "There are a lot days it's not real enjoyable to do the job, and that's ok because it's so important." 

Jenkins received this year's Dole Leadership Prize at KU. Previous recipients include Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, and Bob Woodward.