Author: Center for the American Woman and Politics, Rutgers | Do women in office make a difference? The Center for the American Woman and Politics under a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation conducted a major program of research aimed at answering this question. This summary provides an overview of the research findings reported in the series The Impact of Women in Public Office. The results of the research – the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of the impact of women in public office – provide strong evidence that women in office are making a difference in both public policy and the way that government operates.