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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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Melania Trump Wouldn't Redefine the Role of First Lady — She'd Be a Throwback

Jen comments on what Melania Trump might be like as a potential first lady.

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'We're not electing a husband:' Tough-talking Trump wins over some skeptical women

Jen comments on why it is probably too late for Donald Trump to win over female voters.

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Unpredictability could help Trump make conventions great again

Jen comments on whether or not a successful convention will boost Donald Trump's votes.

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Covering the Election? Two Words You Need to Know: Electoral College

Elizabeth Sherman and Jennifer Lawless discuss the electoral college and what it means for the next few months at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, DC. Check it out!

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Women Rule the World. Don’t Celebrate Yet, Feminists.

Referencing research by Jennifer Lawless, this article looks at whether or not a legislator's gender has an effect on roll call votes.

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