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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.

Director's Message

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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Women, Men & U.S. Politics: Ten Big Questions

"An interesting, topical approach to unpacking some of the realities of gender in American politics, using clear data and evidence in its arguments about whether our conventional wisdom is accurate or not."

- Kathy Dolan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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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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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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WPI in the Media

RI’s Top Elected Officials Who Take the Most Gun Lobby Money
Jen comments on the gun control measures in Rhode Island.
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Year of the Woman? Female Candidates Could Win Big in 2018, But We're Still Far from Parity
2018 will see more women running for office than ever before. What does it mean?
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Trump’s Stormy Daniels Problem Gets Worse
Jen comments on what the long-term effects of the Trump affair allegations may be.
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Tammy Duckworth May Have to Breastfeed in a Bathroom off the Senate Floor, Says Former Senate Parliamentarian
Jen comments on what the lack of accommodations for female Senators means at-large.
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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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