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WOMEN ON WEDNESDAYS

The Women & Politics Institute "Women on Wednesdays" brings our WPI community together with dynamic and thought-provoking women leaders, authors, scholars, journalists, and activists. We hope you'll join us as we kick off the Spring semester. Here's a look at a few of our upcoming events:

WOMEN IN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
WED | JAN 27 at 6pm ET
One week after the inauguration, CNN’s White House Correspondent MJ Lee will discuss the notable and historic women tapped by the Biden-Harris administration, offering an insider’s perspective to the nominations, the confirmation process, and the barrier-breaking impact that these women will have on President Biden’s pledge to “build back better.”
Details and registration
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Check out Gender on the Ballot’s Tracker for more on the women in Biden’s administration and bring your questions to our inaugural Women on Wednesdays” of 2021.

THE DAUGHTERS OF KOBANI
WED | MAR 3 at 6pm ET
In advance of International Women's Day, New York Times bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon will discuss her forthcoming book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. She will share her on-the-ground reporting about an extraordinary group of women who took on the Islamic State and won. Pre-order the book here

Details and registration here
 
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AFFILIATED EVENT HIGHLIGHT

JAN 13: Women's Vote Centennial Initiative
WPI’s Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a conversation on “Making History: The Next 100 Years” with national women leaders, Sindy Benavides, Chief Executive Officer of the League of United Latin American Citizens and Melanie Campbell, President/CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Watch the full replay here

ACADEMICS
The Women & Politics Institute's Graduate Certificates and Undergraduate Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership (WPPL) provides the knowledge and experience students need to become a leader in the field of politics, government, and the nonprofit sector. The certificate program is open to degree and non-degree seeking students. There is no application deadline for enrolling in the WPPL certificate program as students are admitted on a rolling basis.
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MEET OUR SPRING 2021 FACULTY

Karen O’Connor is the Founder of the Women & Politics Institute and the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science at American University. She is an expert on American politics, the courts, women and politics, and interest group politics. She will be teaching Introduction to Women & Politics and Women, Sports, & Politics this Spring. View profile

Laura Cox Kaplan has more than two decades of executive-level experience in public policy, communications, corporate governance, and stakeholder engagement in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She will be teaching Women, Leadership, Politics & Power this Spring. View profile

Amanda Fuchs Miller has 25 years of advocacy, policy, research, and communications experience in and outside of government. As president of Seventh Street Strategies, Amanda consults with non-profits to provide advocacy, policy, and communications support. She will be teaching Women, Politics and Media this Spring. View profile

Shilpa Phadke is the vice president of the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Her work focuses on a wide range of women’s issues, including women’s economic security; women’s health and rights; and women’s leadership. She will be teaching Women, Politics, and Public Policy this Spring. View profile

Vicky M. Wilkins is the Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include gender and race issues; deservingness; political institutions and human resource management. She will be teaching Women and Politics this Spring. View profile

VIEW ALL SPRING 2021 WPPL COURSES
MEET OUR NEW GRADUATE ASSTISTANT
Sarah Aldridge is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Applied Politics. She began her career in education policy, but in ten years sees herself working in community outreach and engagement with advocacy groups or campaigns. 
 
WELEAD CAMPAIGN TRAINING
There were no training sessions in December, but #WeLead2021 celebrated with a virtual Holiday Happy Hour on the 1st, and spent the rest of the month working on Campaign Statement videos to introduce themselves to future voters, funders and the media.

The next training session on January 30, 2021 will focus on fundraising. Read more about all WeLead skills training sessions here

WELEAD ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT

FRANCES GARCIA DAVIS
Workforce Management Specialist

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
(2017-2018 Alumna)


"It was great to see accomplished female leaders take the time to mentor and inspire a younger generation of women to follow in their footsteps." Read More

WELEAD SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

NICCARA CAMPBELL
Political Director
Congressional Black Caucus PAC


As the first-ever Political Director at CBC, Niccara Campbell works to increase the number of Black members in Congress.  Before that, she was part of the team at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that helped elect a record 41 Democrats to the House in 2018. Read More
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GENDER ON THE BALLOT
President Joe Biden has promised to have the most diverse administration ever, potentially including a historic number of women. Gender on the Ballot is tracking the Biden-Harris female cabinet-level nominations and senior level political appointees to the Executive Office of the President, as well as key leaders of Independent agencies, task forces and centers.

To learn more about many of the notable and historic women tapped by Biden, see our series of posts starting here.
VIEW THE TRACKER

Recent Highlights

From Emancipation to Voting Rights: The Tradition of Black Women Organizing Atima Omara, founder of the Omara Strategy Group and WeLead Expert Speaker, covers the legacy of Black women’s tireless organizing efforts. Their latest victory in the January 5th Georgia Senate Runoff election, led by Stacey Abrams New Georgia Project and countless other BIPOC-led organizations, joins the ranks of Black women’s successful efforts to give “their time - and sometimes their lives - for democracy.”

The Gender in Politics News I’m Watching This Month Despite the continued chaos of the pandemic and the 2020 elections, Amanda Hunter “look[s] forward to watching many courageous women elected continue to inspire us to act bravely, to look out for each other, and to work toward building an inclusive, resilient government.”

Women Need to Run for Office Without Having to Run for Their Lives In the wake of the "violence, mayhem and terror" on Capitol Hill, Betsy Fischer Martin hopes future women are not discouraged from running for office, but rather “are emboldened to make a difference, to fight for equality and to stand up to dark forces.”

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WPI IN THE MEDIA
One Step Closer: WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin joined FOX5 DC to discuss the presence of America’s most powerful women on the inauguration stage. FOX5 DC

Women Make History in Silicon Valley:  For the first time in its history, the Mountain View, CA city council is made up almost entirely of women. WeLead alumna Ellen Kamei was chosen by her newly sworn-in council colleagues to lead the city as Mayor. Kamei said during her remarks that she’d like to keep Mountain View as the welcoming place that she grew up in. She said she’ll focus her leadership on the economic recovery and shoring up renters — who make up about 60% of Mountain View’s population. San Jose Mercury News

Moms are at a Breaking Point: With no paid leave included in the bipartisan $908 billion relief proposal, Emily Peck explores how this fails women. WPI course instructor Shilpa Phadke, VP of the women’s initiative at the Center for American Progress says, “Senate Republicans have resisted meaningful policy change for two key issues — paid leave and child care — that are critical for women, their families and overall economic growth.” Huffpost
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As we approach the transition to a new administration in the White House and a record number of women serving in Congress, we eagerly anticipate a busy and energetic year ahead. 

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