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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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Applications for WeLead are now open!

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Do you want to run for office some day? Learn the ins and outs of campaigns and elections? Become acquainted with fundraising, communications, and government relations? Do you want to learn how to climb the career ladder? How about join a growing network of successful women in the DC area? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then WeLead is the program for you! Applications are now being accepted through December 5, 2016 for the Spring 2017 class.

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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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WPI in the Media

US election explainer: The FT answers 10 key questions

Research conducted by Jennifer Lawless is featured in this recent article, highlighting the various positions Americans will be voting on this November. Check it out!

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Michelle Obama: strong breath of fresh air for Clinton

Jen comments on Michelle Obama campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

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Does it matter what female politicians wear?

Jen comments on whether or not it really matters what candidates wear. Check it out!

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Speaking Politics phrase of the week: 'A new generation of leadership'

Jen comments on the phrase, "a new generation of leadership," used by some candidates in their campaigns.

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