Not a ‘Year of the Woman’… and 2036 Doesn’t Look So Good Either

The 2014 election saw some incredible firsts for women; but when historians look back on the 2014 election, it will not be dubbed the “Year of the Woman.”

Happy Pride Month!

To celebrate pride month, we’re highlighting some of the amazing people who paved the way for LGBTQIA+ representation in American politics: Kathy Kozachenko First openly gay candidate to run successfully for political office in the United States, 1974 Elaine Noble First openly gay candidate elected to a state legislature, 1974 Harvey Milk One of the …


  Resources from Gender on the Ballot, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, and the Women & Politics Institute at American University include must-know research on women running for office, as well as original polling related to the 2020 elections.

The women in the Democratic primary debates will make history. Here’s how moderators can do the same.

  There have been more than 170 Democratic and Republican presidential primary debates broadcast since the first radio debate in 1948; in that time, only five women have ever participated. On Wednesday and Thursday, in the first Democratic debate of the 2020 primary season, six women — Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Kamala Harris …

What Qualities Actually Matter to Voters?

  Recent research of the business sector indicates that when it comes to hiring for managerial positions, men are judged on their leadership potential while perspective female hires are evaluated far more on their actual job-related experience.  This, not surprisingly, has led some to ask whether we see the same thing happening as voters assess …

POLITICO Women Rule, 6/21/19

  WANT TO FOLLOW WOMEN ON THE BALLOT? — The Women & Politics Institute at American University School of Public Affairs and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation announced this week they are launching Gender on the Ballot, a new non-partisan project diving into the gender dynamics in the 2020 race. The project will analyze the role …

Gender on the Ballot is here!

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation and Women & Politics Institute at American University School of Public Affairs announce: GENDER ON THE BALLOT New Project to Examine the Role of Gender in 2020 Elections CAMBRIDGE, MA— As the conversation and culture around running for office in the United States continue to evolve, the Barbara Lee Family …

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4 History-Making Debate Moments

  So far, the 2020 presidential election features more women on the debate stage than ever before. But women on both sides of the aisle have been present in debates – albeit sparingly – for decades. We’ve rounded up some of the best debate moments from women candidates. Shirley Chisholm, 1972 Presidential Debate Not only …

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