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It is impossible to deny the substantial progress women have recently made in government and politics. Over the course of the last 30 years alone, the number of women in Congress has more than tripled. . .

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Applications for WeLead are now open!

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Do you want to run for office some day? Learn the ins and outs of campaigns and elections? Become acquainted with fundraising, communications, and government relations? Do you want to learn how to climb the career ladder? How about join a growing network of successful women in the DC area? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then WeLead is the program for you! Applications are now being accepted through December 5, 2016 for the Spring 2017 class.

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A Year in Review

The Women & Politics Institute continued to make great strides to close the gender gap in 2014 and 2015. Whether it was election commentary in the fall of 2014 or the release of Jen's new book in the spring of 2015, there was seldom a quiet moment around the office. As 2016 begins, we offer you the chance to look back at some of our favorite moments of the past two years.

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WPI in the Media

Will Hillary Clinton's Defeat Set Back Women in Politics?

Jen comments on the effect of Hillary's loss on women in politics.

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Why Hillary Clinton Lost the White Women's Vote

Jen comments on the role that sexism or 'Clintonism' played in the 2016 election.

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Will Women Still Want to Run?

Jen comments on whether the Trump win and Clinton loss will depress women's political ambition.

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Did the Obama Backlash Give Us Donald Trump?

Jen comments on how voters may vote in the next election in an article that looks at possible factors that led to Donald Trump being elected president.

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Female State Legislators Miss Out on Record Number of Seats After Clinton Defeat

Jen comments on the stagnation of the number of women in state legislatures.

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Le Defaite de Clinton Laisse de Nombreuses Femmes Desemparees

Jen comments on the significance of Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election.

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