#MeToo: An Issue that Transcends Party

This research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, conducted in partnership with Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Consulting, shows that voters respond positively when women candidates on both sides of the aisle talk about sexual harassment in their candidate profiles, and provides insights about candidate messages supporting and questioning the #MeToo movement.

About Us

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

Our Research

The Essential Guide

Now updated with our 2016 and 2017 research, the Essential Guide is the compilation of nearly 20 years of research studying the complex attitudes toward women candidates. From calling out an opponent’s record to talking about your personal life to establishing qualifications, this no-nonsense pragmatic guide gives women candidates the tools they need to run for public office.


The Foundation produces unique and original research highlighting the obstacles and opportunities women candidates encounter when running for leadership positions, particularly executive office.

Voters, Candidates, and #MeToo

In the six months since Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement was revitalized on social media, the national conversation about sexual harassment shows no signs of slowing down. New research by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, conducted in partnership with Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research & Consulting, reveals what voters think about the #MeToo movement and how their thoughts might translate into voting decisions.

Featured Research

Finding Gender in Election 2016 (2017)

How did gender influence the 2016 presidential election? For Presidential Gender Watch 2016, the question extended well beyond the fact that for the first time, a major party nominated a woman as its presidential candidate. It even went beyond the majority-female electorate that chose the new commander-in-chief. Presidential Gender Watch’s new report highlights the answers to those questions.

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The Foundation partners with other nonpartisan organizations dedicated to helping women succeed in American politics. The goal: to change the dialogue about what a leader looks like.

Featured Program

Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Women and Politics in New York

Coming to the Museum of the City of New York in fall of 2017, Beyond Suffrage tells the story of the past century of political participation by New York women. While showcasing the accomplishments of women in politics, it will also showcase the limits of suffrage and the difficulties women in politics still face today.

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IGNITE is committed to engaging and educating young women and supporting their political aspirations across the country through college chapters, high school programming, political leadership conferences, an elected women’s network, and the IGNITE fellowship program. The Barbara Lee Family Foundation is proud to support their efforts to expand the IGNITE fellowship program to the Boston region.


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