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Gender on the Ballot

The Women & Politics Institute at American University along with the Barbara Lee Family Foundation are the founding partners of Gender on the Ballot, a nonpartisan project to examine and contextualize gender dynamics in politics. As the conversation and culture around running for office in the United States evolves, Gender on the Ballot contributes to the national dialogue on gender and politics through accessible content from experts and practitioners.


American University’s Women & Politics Institute

The mission of the Women & Politics Institute is to close the gender gap in political leadership. We provide young women with academic and practical training 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.

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Barbara Lee Family Foundation

For over 25 years the Barbara Lee Family Foundation advanced women’s equality and representation in American politics. The work was guided by the core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture.  For two decades, elected officials, candidates, and practitioners regardless of party affliation used Barbara Lee Family Foundation research to better understand the obstacles and opportunities facing women in politics. A founding partner of GOTB, the Foundation sunset in 2024.


Posts from Gender on the Ballot experts and contributors do not reflect the opinions of Gender on the Ballot, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, or American University’s Women & Politics Institute.

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