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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.

International Women's Day Celebration with Female Ambassadors to the U.S. Wednesday, March 4 | 6PM

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To commemorate Women's History Month and in advance of International Women's Day, please join American University's Women & Politics Institute for a special conversation about women's political participation around the world with female ambassadors representing their countries in the United States. 

Speakers include:

H.E. Ambassador Hunaina Sultan Al Mughairy of Oman
H.E. Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda
H.E. Ambassador Roya Rahmani of Afghanistan
H.E. Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir of Iceland
Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute will moderate the discussion.

Reception to follow.

American University Main Campus, School of International Service Founders Room

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2020.1.22 New Research

Women of all ages and political affiliations — particularly millennials and women of color—have become more politically engaged since 2016, a trend that is likely to continue in the 2020 cycle.

Our new Gender on the Ballot research gives further insights into what motivates women and how they plan to participate this year.

In case you missed it, you can watch the full panel here

Click to read the memo, the blog post, Axios coverage, and the press release.  

Event Recaps

Kristin, Allison, Niccara, and Aly seated on the panel

JAN 25: The WeLead training session focused on the skills, talents and tips for running a successful campaign. Speakers included Kristin Davison, Allison Teixeira Sulier, Niccara Campbell, Aly Higgins Wheeler, and Rep. Barbara Comstock. Read more. 

Stepping Up and Standing Out Panelists

JAN 22: Experts gathered for a panel discussion about Gender on the Ballot’s latest research: Stepping Up and Standing Out: Women's Political Participation in 2020. Read more

Watch the full panel here.   

Panelists She Leads

JAN 21: The Women & Politics Institute hosted three dynamic female mayors from across the U.S. to discuss women's political leadership at the executive level. Read more

Watch the full panel here.


News Stories

New Research: Stepping Up and Standing Out: Women's Political Participation in 2020

Announcement ·

Stepping Up and Standing Out

A new online nationwide survey reveals that women of all ages and political affiliations — particularly millennials and women of color—have become more politically engaged since 2016.
Full Story

Woman engaged and talking at event.

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

Save the Date

  • March 23: Book Talk: And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote
  • April 9: Book Talk: The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

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Gender at the New Hampshire Primary

February 12, 2020

In her analysis of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Betsy Fischer Martin finds that "one in three Democratic primary voters thought that having a woman as the nominee would make it harder to beat President Trump in the general election." 

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Gender on the Debate Stage: February 7th Numbers

February 10, 2020

Betsy Fischer Martin has the numbers on the first February Democratic Debates, including that the two women candidates on the stage received "slightly over a quarter of the questions" asked by the debate moderators.  

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