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.
The following courses will be offered in Fall 2021 for the Women, Policy and Political Leadership (WPPL) Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs. Use the navigation menu at the left for details on course values, schedules and instructors.
New Research: She Votes: Women, the Workplace, and Pandemic Politics: The Covid-19 pandemic has upended women’s lives, highlighted inequities in health care, education and the economy, and underscored the importance of having women in political office.
Gender on the Ballot is tracking the Biden-Harris female cabinet-level nominations and senior level political appointees to the Executive Office of the President, as well as key leaders of Independent agencies, task forces and centers.
Women Need to Run for Office Without Having to Run for Their Lives - A Personal Reflection on the Capitol Attack: Betsy Fischer Martin grapples with what the Capitol attack could mean for women in politics, and ultimately hopes "more women are emboldened to make a difference, to fight for equality and to stand up to dark forces."
March 3: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discussed her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. She shared her on-the-ground reporting about an extraordinary group of women who took on the Islamic State and won. Read more here and watch the full replay here
September 23: Former House Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) discussed her book,She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, chronicling her experience with “misogyny and double standards." Read more and watch the full replay here
September 16: Kristin Kim Bart, Senior Dir. for Gender Equality at International Rescue Committee, discussed When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population and building back better. Read more and watch the replay here
September 2: Dr. Martha S. Jones of Johns Hopkins University discussed her book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, “the epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power." Read more and watch the full replay here
August 26: Dr. Stacie Taranto and Dr. Leandra Zarnow, co-editors of Suffrage at 100: Women in American Politics Since 1920, discussed 100 years of women's engagement in politics. Read their Gender on the Ballot post and watch replay here
August 5: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), author of Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change, reflected on her journey as an immigrant woman of color to the corridors of power. Read more and watch the full replay here
July 29: AU Alumna Jennifer Palmieri, former Communications Director for President Obama and author of, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World, shared key lessons from her journey to success. Read more Watch replay here
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. Read more and watch the full replay here
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 conversation with WPI's Betsy Fischer Martin. Read more and watch the full replay here
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 and watch the full replay here
June 10: Ambassador Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the U.S. and author of the book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You. Read more and watch the full replay here
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 and watch the full replay here
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. Read more and watch replay here
It’s no secret that women candidates must balance on a tightrope of likeability and qualifications.— Barbara Lee Family Foundation (@BLFF_org) July 22, 2021
Our research shows that even the slightest tone of voice can impact likeability.
Check out @finneyk’s latest @medium post for more: https://t.co/EJW1PckcsW”
#OnThisDay 7/22/1939— Gender on the Ballot (@onGender) July 22, 2021
Jane Bolin became the first Black female judge in the United States.⁰This legendary glass-ceiling breaker was also the first Black woman to:⁰• graduate from Yale Law School⁰• Join the NYC Bar Association⁰• Join the NYC Law Department#MakingHerstory pic.twitter.com/UZ1BxCqmKu
New survey of women voters shows that Covid-19 has widely shifted perceptions of American politics, work norms, and gender roles.
On April 14th the SPA Women & Politics Institute sponsored a virtual book talk on women in congress.
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.
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.