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    The Barbara Lee Family Foundation advances women’s equality and representation in American politics and in the field of contemporary art through nonpartisan political research, strategic partnerships, and grantmaking. Our work in both areas is guided by our core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture.

  • New from the BLFF Research Team

    Politics is Personal: Keys to Likeability and Electability for Women

    American politics can sometimes feel like a popularity contest. Questions like, “Who would you like to have a beer with?” or “But does she smile enough?” are par for the course. Like it or not, likeability is a non-negotiable quality voters seek in women officeholders and candidates. When it comes to articulating what attracts them to a candidate or officeholder, voters have an “I know it when I see it” mindset.

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