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Women & Politics Institute

The Women and Politics Institute provides academic training to young 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 women face in the political arena.

Director's Message

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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2018-2019 Application Live!

WeLead, a bipartisan leadership training program run by the Women & Politics Institute, works to increase the number of women working in politics and running for office.

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Women, Men & U.S. Politics: Ten Big Questions

"An interesting, topical approach to unpacking some of the realities of gender in American politics, using clear data and evidence in its arguments about whether our conventional wisdom is accurate or not."

- Kathy Dolan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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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.
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Alice Paul Award Winners

The Women & Politics Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Alice Paul Awards!
Mary-Margaret Koch - Undergraduate Recipient
Rachel Kershaw - Graduate Recipient
Amanda Fuchs Miller - Faculty Recipient
Jennifer Palmieri - Alumni Recipient

Challenging Conventional Wisdom About Women’s Political Engagement

Jennifer talks with She Said/She Said about her career, about perfection, about collaboration, and why it’s ok to cry. She also talks about the most common misconceptions that can prevent a woman from stepping up to run for office.
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WPI in the Media

A Year of the Woman? Not So Far
Jen reminds us why we may want to temper our expectations for the 2018 elections.
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A Surge of Women Running For Office
Jen talks about the surge of female candidates in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.
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Congress: The Most Family-Unfriendly Workplace in America
Jen highlights how few women run for office while their children are still at home. 
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'Year of the Woman'? Not So Much in California

Jen discusses how there has been a surge in both women and men running for office.
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Democrats have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap.
Jen talks about how we need to change the way we talk about female candidates.
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WeLead class

Close the Gap

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

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Women on the Run book

Women on the Run

Women on the Run is Now Available!

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