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Women & Politics Institute

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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Why YOU should run for office...

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Here, Jen and Ezra Klein discuss why YOU should run for political office. Highlighting the research from Running from Office, Jen explains why it is important that millennials remain engaged, despite all of the negativity surrounding Washington.

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Wednesday Winter Webinars


Join us for our first Winter Webinar!
Michele Swers Professor, Georgetown  
Wednesday, February 22nd, 12 PM
Women in the Club: Gender and Policy Making in the U.S. Senate

RSVP to by Sunday, February 20th and we'll send you the login information.

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

Why So Few Women in State Politics?

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

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Measuring the Power of Southern California Politicians - with Trading Cards

Jen comments on the many hats legislators may wear and the downsides of being in the minority.

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How to Raise a Daughter in the Trump Era.

Jen and Richard's work on political ambition in young women is highlighted here.

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Women Reach New Heights in State Legislatures

Jen comments on the longstanding plateau in the number of female state legislators.

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