How Women Navigate the Road to Higher Office

A national debate has sparked over the dearth of women in leadership positions. Are they held back by lack of ambition or disadvantaged by the existing political infrastructure? With more women greatly needed in public office, what can we do?  Read the full report

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Where Women Win: Closing the Gap in Congress

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Summer 2016

After Political Parity released its groundbreaking “Twin States” research in 2013, revealing the phenomenon that states with one woman in a top office are more likely to elect other high-level women, we wondered if this was true at the congressional level as well.

Sex, Bipartisanship, and Collaboration in the U.S. Congress

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Spring 2016

Are women in Congress really more likely than their male counterparts to work together and get things done, regardless of party lines? Or are they first and foremost partisan creatures? Read the full report, published by Jennifer Lawless and Sean Theriault and made possible with support from the Ford Foundation.

Clearing the Primary Hurdles: Republican Women and the GOP Gender Gap

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Winter 2015
We worked with some of the nation’s top political consultants, pollsters, and researchers to understand why Democratic women are elected to Congress at far greater rates than their Republican counterparts.

Shifting Gears: How Women Navigate the Road to Higher Office

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Spring 2014
A national debate has sparked over the dearth of women in leadership positions. Are they held back by lack of ambition or disadvantaged by the existing political infrastructure? With more women greatly needed in public office, what can we do?

Twin States: A Multiplier Effect

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Spring 2013
An analysis of how political and demographic characteristics differ in states that have elected two women to the US Senate (or one female senator and a female governor) versus states that have not elected any women.

Research Inventory

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Summer 2015
Intended for political leaders, campaign professionals, journalists, scholars, and the general public, the inventory provides a systematic review of current and past research in the field of women and American politics. The goals are to identify strategies that can be used to elect more women and to determine whether there are important research questions yet to be addressed.

Upcoming Research

“Impact” Project

Spring and Fall 2016
This study seeks to understand whether and under what circumstances women are able to overcome gridlock in Congress.