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.
As part of our “Women on Wednesdays” series, please join American University's Women & Politics Institute and the First Ladies Initiative for a virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin and Washington Post political columnist, Karen Tumulty, author of the forthcoming book, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan, the “definitive biography of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century.”
Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a complex and engrossing portrait of one of the 20th century’s most quietly influential political figures.” Based on extensive interviews, overlooked archives, letters, memoirs, and White House records, Karen Tumulty covers the life of First Lady Nancy Reagan, the woman behind “the partnership that made the president.” From a traumatic childhood, to Hollywood, and on to the White House, Tumulty details the First Lady’s ability to finesse Washington power players to break into the world of politics through her husband’s ascendance to the presidency. Pre-order the book here
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.
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."
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.
March 24: Political reporters and best-selling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes discussed their new book, Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency, “the inside story of the historic 2020 presidential election and Joe Biden’s harrowing ride to victory. Read more here and watch the full replay here
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
February 24: Former LA Times reporter Dan Morain discussed his new biography of Kamala Harris, Kamala’s Way: An American Life, which charts “how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players.” Read More and watch the full replay here
February 3: Newly elected Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC) and her daughter Jenny Kaplan, CEO of Wonder Media Network, discussed the historic role women of the House have played and shared their outlook on what the future holds for women elected to the 117th Congress. Read more 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 here and watch the full 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 the key lessons she's learned from her journey to success. Read more Watch the full 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 the full replay here
#WPIWomenOnWednesdays: Join @AU_WPI and the First Ladies Initiative on WED May 12 @6pm for a virtual conversation w/@ktumulty of @washingtonpost, author of ”The Triumph of Nancy Reagan." Details and registration here - https://t.co/MZX6AzxGVa pic.twitter.com/kyWYtS30rt— Women & Politics Institute (@AU_WPI) April 26, 2021
Today is the first day of AAPI Heritage and Jewish Heritage month! We’ll be celebrating AAPI and Jewish sisters that pave the way for better representation in politics. Check out @ongender’s blog post about AAPI representation here: https://t.co/hlNyiqq7Kg ##AAPIHM #JAHM— Women & Politics Institute (@AU_WPI) May 1, 2021
With virtual graduation ceremonies happening across the nation, we honor former Rep. Patsy Mink, who represented Hawaii in Congress for over two decades and who authored Title IX, giving women across the country a path to equity in education! Congrats, Class of '21! #AAPIHM— Women & Politics Institute (@AU_WPI) May 7, 2021
As #MothersDay approaches, we’re reflecting on how moms are faring in 2021. Our latest @ongender polling with @au_wpi confirmed that the #pandemic has been particularly hard on mothers (as any mom already knows). Here's more: https://t.co/bCVnTiq62k— Barbara Lee Family Foundation (@BLFF_org) May 5, 2021
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to @AU_WPI's 2020-2021 Women Policy & Political Leadership course instructors: @LauraCoxKaplan, @BFischerMartin, Amanda Fuchs Miller, @gettmanlucy, Karen O'Connor, @shilpaphadke, and Dean @VickyWilkins1! pic.twitter.com/S00vmME1cg— Women & Politics Institute (@AU_WPI) May 4, 2021
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.