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Jennifer Lawless Appointed Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution

Jennifer Lawless has been appointed a nonresident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. She will conduct research and provide policy analysis on gender and youth issues.

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Everything You Think You Know About Women and Politics is Wrong

The Washington Post's "She the People" blog chats with Jen about her research with Richard Fox and Danny Hayes - most of which revisits a lot of the conventional wisdom regarding women and politics.

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Don't tell Hillary! Women Lack Ambition, Confidence to Succeed in Politics: Study

The Washington Times discusses Jen and Richard Fox's American Political Science Review (APSR) article.

The APSR article reveals that the gender gap in political ambition is just as big among college students as adult potential candidates. But it's almost non-existent among high school students.

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Polarization Reason for Country's Governing Problems

At the Conference on American Gridlock, hosted by Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, Jen and Danny Hayes presented research on whether district polarization affects media coverage.

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The Path to a Female President

The New Yorker cites Jen and Richard Fox's research on how there is an ambition gap between men and women.

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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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Do Traditional Gender Roles Affect Women's Political Ambition?

In her first article post at the Brookings Institution, Jen addresses the question of whether family roles and responsibilities affect a potential candidate's political career.

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Deliberating Bodies: Sexism and Congress

The New Yorker cites Jen and Richard Fox's research on the gender gap in political ambition.

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Women In Politics: The Facts and Figures

Latin Post cites Jen's Brookings Institution article on how family roles may not impact women's decision to run for office.

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Study: Family Not Major Influence on Women Seeking Office

Newsmax cites Jen's Brookings Institution article on how family roles actually do not impede women's political ambition. 

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