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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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The Trump Effect

Trump Effect

The day after Donald Trump took the oath of office, hundreds of thousands of women traveled to Washington, DC, to demonstrate their opposition to the new president. This groundswell of activism almost immediately led to widespread reporting that Trump's victory was inspiring a large new crop of female candidates across the country. Is Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency really pushing women everywhere to throw their hats into the political ring? Is Donald Trump such a shock to the political system that he's able to spark the kind of political activism and ambition that previous political candidates and major political events simply could not? This report, based on a May 2017 national survey of "potential candidates" - college educated women and men who are employed full-time - begins to provide systematic answers to these questions.

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That's What She Said

Jen joined Anna Greenberg on her podcast, "That's What She Said", where they discussed women's political ambition and the future of women in politics.

Listen to Episode 3 here

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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WPI in the Media

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Says Americans Should be Frustrated

Jen discusses Trump's aggression toward his congressional majority.

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Year of the Woman: The Democrats Inspired by Trump to Run for Office

Jen discusses the slow emergence of female candidates in the wake of Trump.

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Top Advisers in More Displays of Disagreement with Trump

Jen comments on Trump's growing discontent with his advisers.

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GOP Voters Don't Want Shutdown - Unless it Funds Border Wall

Jen comments on partisanship, public opinion, and the border wall.

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