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Director's Message


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

Why More Women In Politics Could Finally Bring About Real Change

Jen comments on the fact that only 20 percent of elected officials are women. Check it out!

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Polls Find Clinton Leading Nationally and in Key States

Jen comments on the final days leading up to the presidential election.

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The Problem for Women Is Not Winning. It’s Deciding to Run.

Jen comments on women's' decisions to run for office.

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Why can’t women just be themselves when they run for office?

Jen comments on gender stereotyping and the extent to which it affects campaigns and elections today.

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