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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.

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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RBG Screening & Panel Discussion

Friday, October 5th
6 PM Opening Night Reception
6:30 PM Film Program
McKinley Building Theater

Featured Panelists:
Robert Barns, Supreme Court Washington Post Reporter
Julie Cohen, Filmmaker
Betsy Fischer Martin, Moderator

Reservations Required

The Dynamics of the Midterm Elections

Thursday, October 11th
4 PM Panel Discussion
Library of Congress

John Haskell, Moderator; Libary of Congress Kluge Center
Elaine Kamarck, Brookings Institution
Sara Taylor Fagen, GW Bush White House Political Director
David Barker, Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies


WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Lindsey Mask

Lindsey Mask is the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies America, a national network of professional women connecting to advance one another personally and professionally, following the motto "Women Helping Women.”

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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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