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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 next Winter Webinar!
Christina Wolbrecht- Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, March 29th, 2 PM EDT
Counting Ballots: Female Voting from Suffrage to the New Deal

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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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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

Half of the Population, But Only a Fraction of the Power

Jen and Richard's research on women's political ambition is cited here. 

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The US is Ranked 104th in Women's Representation in Government

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

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What do men get that women don't? Here are a few things.

Jen and Danny's book Women on the Run is cited here.

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Why So Few Women in State Politics?

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

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