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Women & Politics Institute

The Women & 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.

Event Recaps

Knock Down the House Panelists

Knock Down the House

October 30: A riveting documentary which chronicles the endeavors of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin ... Read More

She Persisted Panliests


October 15: In collaboration with the Women in Public Service Project, WPI hosted a discussion on the intersection of women, politics, and the world of new media. Read More

News Stories

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On Campus ·

Daring to Make a Difference: Strategists Talk Women in Politics

Donna Brazile, Minyon Moore, and Yolanda Caraway discuss their book at WPI event.
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Event panelists

On Campus ·

Gender on the Ballot: The Electability Question in 2020

The Women & Politics Institute and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation co-hosted a panel discussion on campus to shed light on what the much-discussed concept of “electability” actually means to voters in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.
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Rep. Lauren Underwood at WeLead Graduation Ceremony

Achievements ·

Rep. Underwood Addresses Graduating Women of WeLead Program

This week, American University School of Public Affairs' Women & Politics Institute held its annual WeLead program graduation at the D.C. Office of  MacAndrews & Forbes.
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Upcoming Events

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How Honest Feedback Helped Me Own My Value

November 1, 2019

WPI Instructor Laura Cox Kaplan reminds us that "owning our development, being mindful of the messages we tell ourselves, and building relationships that grow our network, are all critical to reaching our goals and to our scaling the highest heights in politics, business, and in life."

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Gender on the Debate Stage: October Numbers

October 17, 2019 

Tonia Bui, SPA/MPP'13 and WeLead Alumna, looks forward to seeing more former women of color candidates file for their candidacies and leverage the tools they gained from their last races.  

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WeLead Reader

A curated newsletter, delivered to inboxes on Saturday mornings, readers can catch up on a week’s worth of important new developments about women running for office, serving as leaders and engaging in the political arena.

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Gender on the Ballot Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the latest news + gender analysis in election 2020.

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WPI Newsletter

Sign up for the WPI Newsletter to view recent highlights and learn about upcoming opportunities and events.

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Tonia bui

WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Tonia Bui, Communications Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools

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WeLead class of 2019-2020

Close the Gap

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

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WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Anne Hedgepeth, Senior Director of Federal and State Government Affairs at Child Care Aware of America

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Woman engaged and talking at event.

On Campus ·

Daring to Make a Difference: Strategists Talk Women in Politics

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