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Political Science 494W/WGS 475W: Gender, Race and Political Representation in the U.S.: Public Policy and Research Centers

This guide is designed to assist with all three parts of your research assignment that focuses on the nature of and effects of minority representation in a specific state. The guide will provide links to resources and tips for utilizing said resources.

Minority Politics Centers and Links

Women's Political Research Centers

  • Institute of Women's Policy Research
    • Public policy research institute in D.C. that contains numerous reports and studies on the issue of women and public policy. Of particular interest is the Status of Women in the States project, which has data back to 1998.
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
    • Research, data, resources on issues of gender across a number of areas.  Produce the journal Gender & Society
  • Center for American Women and Politics
    • Center maintained at Rutgers University with a substantial amount of information on women and the US political process, both at the federal and legislative levels. You can find numerous reports, facts and figures on women in politics. Many publications are available online or can be ordered directly from the CAWP. Of particular use are the Factsheets with current information on women in state and federal politics.
  • Center for Women in Government and Civil Society  
    • Center at SUNY, Albany that focuses on the role of women in positions of political power. Of particular interest is the Women's Leadership Profile 2004 which studies trends in women's political leadership across the country. 
  • Women's Legislative Network
    • Part of the National Council of State Legislators.