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IWPR Publication

Building Women’s Political Careers: Strengthening the Pipeline to Higher Office
by Denise L. Baer, Ph.D., Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. (May 2014)

This report was prepared by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) for Political Parity, a program of the Hunt Alternatives Fund. The report analyzes results from interviews with experienced candidates and officeholders and several focus groups with elected state legislators, young elected officials, and congressional staff members to investigate how women make the decision to run and how they develop their political careers, with a focus on seeking or achieving higher office. All Political Parity publications are available at

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