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Women & Politics Institute

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It is impossible to deny the substantial progress women have recently made in government and politics. Over the course of the last 30 years alone, the number of women in Congress has more than tripled. . .

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That's What She Said

Jen joined Anna Greenberg on her podcast, "That's What She Said", where they discussed women's political ambition and the future of women in politics.

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Congress 100 Years Later: What Would Jeanette Rankin Think?

Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress 100 years ago. What would she think about the state of women in politics today? Jen considers this question for Mischiefs of Factions. 

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A Year in Review

The Women & Politics Institute continued to make great strides to close the gender gap in 2015 and 2016. Whether it was election commentary in the fall of 2016, or sponsoring events to call attention to women's under-representation in politics, there was seldom a quiet moment around the office. As 2017 begins, we offer you the chance to look back at some of our favorite moments of the past two years.

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Alice Paul Awards

Alice Paul, a leading activist in the Suffrage Movement, played a vital role in the passage of the 19th Amendment AND she graduated from AU! Every year, we honor members of the AU community whose actions exemplify the spirit of Alice Paul. Awards are presented to an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a member of the AU faculty, a member of the AU staff, and a distinguished alumna. 

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WPI in the Media

'If You're Not at the Table, You're on the Menu':In the Trump Age, Women Emerge Determined to Run for Office

Jen comments on the potential barriers to women considering running for office and what all this activism might mean for 2018.

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Van Noy: Elect Women

Jen and Richard's work on the gender gap in politics and, in particular, political ambition, is highlighted here.

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Hillary Speaks Out About 2016

Jen comments (from minutes 13-16) on whether misogyny played a role in Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

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Trump Lashes Out at Democrats, Congressional Rules as Health Care Fight Continues

Jen comments the limiting effects of the U.S. system of checks and balances and its detrimental effects on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. 

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