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Women & Politics Institute

The Women and Politics Institute provides academic training to young women that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitates research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges women face in the political arena.

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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Women, Men & U.S. Politics: Ten Big Questions

"An interesting, topical approach to unpacking some of the realities of gender in American politics, using clear data and evidence in its arguments about whether our conventional wisdom is accurate or not."

- Kathy Dolan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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That's What She Said

Jen joined Anna Greenberg on her podcast, "That's What She Said", where they discussed women's political ambition and the future of women in politics.
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Alice Paul Award Winners

The Women & Politics Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Alice Paul Awards!
Mary-Margaret Koch - Undergraduate Recipient
Rachel Kershaw - Graduate Recipient
Amanda Fuchs Miller - Faculty Recipient
Jennifer Palmieri - Alumni Recipient


A Year in Review

The Women & Politics Institute continued to make great strides to close the gender gap in 2015 and 2016. Whether it was election commentary in the fall of 2016, or sponsoring events to call attention to women's under-representation in politics, there was seldom a quiet moment around the office. As 2017 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

Martin Luther King: Are there too many white politicians?
It's been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. But how diverse is US politics today?
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Can Cynthia Nixon get female voters to dump Cuomo?
With a campaign focusing on women's issues, Nixon will need to substantially increase turnout, particularly among women.

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Will Miranda Hobbes and 'SATC' help or hurt Cynthia Nixon's run for governor?
Jen comments on the role Cynthia Nixon's fame will play in her gubernatorial campaign.
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A female first-time candidate almost beat an anti-abortion incumbent. That's a big deal.
Jen's research is highlighted in this post-mortem of the IL primary.
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For GOP, the Year of the Woman Has Not Yet Arrived
Jen explains why we do not see as many female GOP candidates running in 2018.
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WeLead class

Close the Gap

WeLead trains young women to actively engage in today's political environment.

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Women on the Run book

Women on the Run

Women on the Run is Now Available!

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