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Reflections from a Former Congressional Candidate

I’ve never been intimidated by a challenge; being bold and fearless has been the hallmark of my career. Or so I thought. That changed the moment I filed to run for Congress. For the first time, I was petrified. As a former Chief of Staff and political fundraiser, I thought I was prepared to run …

Rising to the Occasion: How Women Leaders Prove They Can Handle a Crisis

While the current COVID-19 pandemic underscores its importance, proving they can handle a crisis has consistently been important for women candidates and will continue to be so in the years to come.

The Balancing Act of Proving Likeability and Qualifications

Likeability is non-negotiable for women candidates: voters are willing to vote for a man they don’t like, as long as they think he’s qualified, but women don’t get that same treatment. On top of that, voters tend to assume male candidates are qualified, while women face extra hurdles in proving their qualifications. Because of this, …

Media Round Up: Week of June 14th

Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week: In the face of coronavirus, female world leaders stood out. These women are spurring change on a local level. Sarah Stankorb, The Lily Amid protests and the COVID-19 …

Happy Anniversary Gender on the Ballot!

2020 has been eventful, full of surprises, and as the November election looms, shows no signs of slowing down. One year in, Barbara Lee Family Foundation’s Executive Director Nicole Carlsburg and American University Women & Politics Institute Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin weigh in on the state of gender in the 2020 election cycle. 1. …

COVID-19 shows LGBTQ women make excellent leaders

It’s a common observation that the nations with the most effective coronavirus response are all led by women. In comparison, pandemic management in the US has been delegated predominantly to the state and local levels, where the most effective leaders have followed the global trend — they’re women. And in many cases, they’re LGBTQ women. Now, …

Media Round Up: Week of June 7th

Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week: The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment Keisha N. Blain, The Atlantic Black women have been stepping up as leaders during the recent protests over …

What Progress Looks Like for GOP Women

There have been hundreds of articles written since the 2018 election which have focused on the painfully small number of GOP women currently serving in the US House, most of which are now coupled with an emphasis on the record setting number of GOP women running in 2020. Any way you slice it, the current …

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