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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.

Women on Wednesdays: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 PM ET

WPI Jayapal event

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), author of the new book, Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin

In November 2016, Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Indian American woman to serve in that role. Reflecting on her personal journey as an immigrant woman of color to the corridors of power‚ Use the Power You Have “offers a wealth of ideas and inspiration for a new generation of engaged citizens interested in fighting back and making change.” Save your spot here.

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WPI "Women on Wednesdays" Recaps

Palmieri Post Event

JULY 29: AU Alumna Jennifer Palmieri, former Communications Director for President Obama and author of the new book, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World,” shared the key lessons she's learned from her journey to success with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more

Nikki Haley

JULY 15: Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

Bustos and Guinn

JULY 8: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Executive Director Lucinda Guinn, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the replay on C-SPAN here and Bloomberg News coverage here
Watch the conversation here

Wednesdays Sanders

JUNE 24: Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor to the 2020 Biden For President Campaign and author of, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

Ernst post event

JUNE 17: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), author of the newly published memoir, Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country That Raised Me, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

Wednesdays Marshall

JUNE 10: Ambassador Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the United States and author of the forthcoming book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

Election Watch

JUNE 3: The National Republican Congressional Committee's Recruitment Chair, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Executive Director Parker Hamilton Poling, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more Watch the full replay here

Wednesdays Munoz

MAY 27: Cecilia Muñoz, author of the just-published book, More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You....and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, in conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more.
Watch the full replay here

WoW Jarrett Post

MAY 20: Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and author of the New York Times bestseller, Finding My Voice: When The Perfect Plan Crumbles, The Adventure Begins, in conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more
Watch the full replay here

WOW Molly Ball BFM

MAY 13: Kicking off WPI’s “Women on Wednesdays” series, WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with award-winning political journalist Molly Ball, author of Pelosi. Read more
Watch the full replay here

WPI Campus Event Recap

The ambassadors and Betsy

MAR 4: WPI hosted four female ambassadors to the U.S., H.E. Hunaina Sultan Al Mughairy of Oman, H.E. Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda, H.E. Roya Rahmani of Afghanistan, and H.E. Bergdís Ellertsdóttir of Iceland, to discuss women's political participation around the world. Read more


News Stories

Female ambassadors at International Women's Day event

On Campus ·

Female Ambassadors Share Stories on International Women’s Day

Female ambassadors to the U.S. from Afghanistan, Iceland, Oman and Rwanda spoke on campus at a panel moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the American University School of Public Affairs’ Women and Politics March 4.
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Panel at virtual book talk event

Government & Politics ·

Wave of Women Elected Shatters What It Looks Like to Serve in Congress

On April 14th the SPA Women & Politics Institute sponsored a virtual book talk on women in congress.
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