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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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Sex, Bipartisanship, and Collaboration in the U.S. Congress

Political Parity Policy Report

Last week, Jen and Sean Theriault released a policy report that examines what role gender plays in Congressional policy-making by analyzing decades of data ranging from Seersucker Thursday to procedural vote scores in the House and Senate. These results shed light on the anecdotal claims that women are more collaborative and more likely to be problem-solvers.

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Featured Research: Can Al Franken's Secret Santa Exchange Cure the Senate?

Jen and Sean Theriault wrote an article for CNN that looked at whether the annual Secret Santa exchange between members of Congress results in an increase in bipartisan legislative action.

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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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Alice Paul Awards

Alice Paul, a leading activist in the Suffrage Movement, played a vital role in the passage of the 19th Amendment AND she graduated from AU! Every year, we honor members of the AU community whose actions exemplify the spirit of Alice Paul. Awards are presented to an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a member of the AU faculty, a member of the AU staff, and a distinguished alumna. 

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WPI in the Media

Ted Cruz makes early vice presidential pick

Jen comments on the likelihood of female Trump supporters to shift their support to Ted Cruz.

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Fiorina just a pawn in cynical game Cruz won't win

Jen's recent op-ed about Ted Cruz's announcement on choosing Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

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3 Things To Know About The 'Woman Card' In The 2016 Election

Jen comments on the possibility of a wider gender gap in the presidential election.

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What do voters want? Maryland race pits job experience vs. life experience

Jen comments on the ability of some candidates to consider diversity and inclusion when running for office.

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Want more women to run for president? You have to ask first.

Jen comments on how women and men evaluate their qualifications when they consider running for office.

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After the Election: Will the Next President Be Able to Get Anything Done?

Jen assesses the governing prospects of four presidential candidates.

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Why Bernie Sanders Faces a Trap at the Democratic Debate

Jen responds to how some presidential candidates and the media have been more attentive to gender dynamics in the presidential election.

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Thinking They’re ‘Unqualified’ Is A Big Reason More Women Don’t Run For Office

In "Why Don't Women Run for Office?", findings show that men are twice as likely as women to say that they are qualified to run for office.

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