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Women & Politics Institute

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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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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 Trump's Misogyny Deter Women From Entering Politics?

Find out from Jennifer Lawless how well women fare compared to men while running for office.

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How Hillary Clinton’s ‘Smart Power’ Feminism Informs Her Foreign Policy

Jen comments on Donald Trump's strategy of depicting himself as 'the strong man.'

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Women on the Run

Jen was recently interviewed on BBC Radio where she talks about her new book, Women on the Run, and whether or not Hillary Clinton's nomination will inspire more women to run for office.

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Off the softball field, Congresswomen are plenty partisan

Jennifer Lawless and Sean Theriault discuss the significance of the annual women's congressional softball game. Check it out!

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Elizabeth Warren As Hillary Clinton’s VP? Sexism Makes Two-Woman Ticket A Risk

Jen comments on choosing Elizabeth Warren as a possible Vice President.

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