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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 opportunities women face in the political arena.

Executive Director's Message

Hanging at the very top of my bulletin board in every office that I had during my career at NBC News was a quote from then-Senate candidate Dianne Feinstein that I clipped out of the New York Times in 1992, the year I graduated from American University. It famously read “Two percent may be good for fat in milk, but it's bad for women in the U.S. Senate.” I came of age professionally in the “Year of the Woman” when four newly elected women senators brought the two percent up to six percent. In some ways women have come along way, but we still have a long way to go.
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women in gov

WPI in the Media

Betsy Fischer Martin spoke on a panel about Women, Politics and the 2018 Election Cycle at the Women in Government Conference.

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Lindsey Mask

WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Lindsey Mask is the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies America.

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WPI Newsletter

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Courtney Federico

WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Courtney Federico, who graduated from AU’s Women & Politics WeLead program last year,  returned this fall to share her wisdom with the newest WeLead class.

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Drew Waverly

The Drew Waverly Patterson Fund Scholarship

Learn more about how to apply for the Drew Waverly Patterson Fund, established in 2009

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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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