Presidential Gender Watch 2016 is a nonpartisan project of the Center for American Women and Politics and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the 2016 presidential election. Presidential Gender Watch 2016 draws upon the research and expertise of both partner organizations, as well as other experts, to further public understanding of how gender influences candidate strategy, voter engagement and expectations, media coverage, and electoral outcomes in the race for the nation’s highest executive office. Our goal is to lend expert analysis to the dialogue around gender throughout the election season.

Center for American Women and Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.

CAWP’s education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women’s under-representation in political leadership with effective, imaginative programs serving a variety of audiences. As the world has watched Americans considering female candidates for the nation’s highest offices, CAWP’s over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion.

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Barbara Lee Family Foundation

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation advances women’s equality and representation in American politics through nonpartisan political research and strategic partnerships.

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation has produced unique research on every woman’s campaign for governor on both sides of the aisle since 1998, including real-time polling on voters’ views and post-election interviews with candidates and campaign staff. The Barbara Lee Family Foundation Keys to Elected Office mobile app is the only one of its kind.

For nearly two decades, elected officials, candidates, and practitioners have used Barbara Lee Family Foundation research to better understand the obstacles and opportunities facing women in politics.

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