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Women & Politics Institute

The Women and Politics Institute provides practical and academic training to women that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitates research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges and opportunities women face in the political arena.

Executive Director's Message

Hanging at the very top of my bulletin board in every office that I had during my career at NBC News was a quote from then-Senate candidate Dianne Feinstein that I clipped out of the New York Times in 1992, the year I graduated from American University. It famously read “Two percent may be good for fat in milk, but it's bad for women in the U.S. Senate.” I came of age professionally in the “Year of the Woman” when four newly elected women senators brought the two percent up to six percent. In some ways women have come along way, but we still have a long way to go.
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WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Antonia Ferrier is the Staff Director of the Senate Republican Communications Center. 

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WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Erika Dyer graduated from the Women & Politics Institute’s WeLead program in 2018 and now serves as a mentor to current class of WeLeaders.

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The Drew Waverly Patterson Fund Scholarship

Learn more about how to apply for the Drew Waverly Patterson Fund, established in 2009

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Close the Gap

WeLead trains young women to actively engage in today's political environment.

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