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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

Making the Case Against Donald Trump

Jen comments on the potential strategies of Donald Trump's campaign efforts over the next few months.

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Why Donald Trump Is Targeting ‘Security Moms’

Jen comments on whether or not Donald Trump's 'Security Mom' targeting strategy will be successful.

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The (Not So Secret) History Of Sexist Political Campaign Buttons

Jen comments on the use of sexist political campaign buttons.

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Women Look To Make History In 2016 Senate Races

Jen comments on whether or not we should expect a greater number of women in the Senate election cycle.

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Expanding the Political Pipeline for Women Candidates

Jen comments on the potential responses of women when they are encouraged to run for office.

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Hillary Clinton, no fan of 'Bernie Bros,' could use their energy vs. Trump

Jen comments on how social media can allow people to behave badly when discussing politics.

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Could Gender Be The Decisive Factor In A Trump-Clinton Matchup?

Jen comments on the gender gap and the "woman card" in the presidential race.

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We Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Jen comments on Hillary Clinton's potential strategies for running against Donald Trump in the presidential race.

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