May 9, 2017
NEWS & NOTES
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
The ABCs of Political Fundraising
 
Thinking of running for office or working on a campaign? To learn the essentials of campaign fundraising, sign up today for our next Ready to RunĀ® campaign workshop, Political Fundraising Made Simple, taking place on Thursday, May 18 from 9:00 am - noon.  In this energetic and interactive workshop, our expert trainer, Nancy Bocskor, will teach you how to help donors move from concern to passion to cash. Seating is limited; reserve your seat now! 
Watch "The New Normal? Women, Media, and Politics: A Conversation with Media Leaders"
Did you miss the fascinating discussion about how gender and ideas about women and power shaped the 2016 election and the discourse that followed it? Luckily, you can watch the conversation now. It features NPR's Michel Martin as moderator with panelists Rebecca Traister and  Farai Chideya. The program was presented by the Institute for Women's Leadership Consortium and co-sponsored by CAWP. The video is on YouTube.
 
 
Presidents of the Future?
Women officeholders around the country -- including those from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kansas and Illinois shown here -- are reading If I Were President to schoolchildren and talking about what it's like to run for and serve in elective office. They received copies of the book via CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead TM program. If you're a woman officeholder who has read the book to kids in your district, please share your pictures with us; we love to see inspired future officeholders!
Women's leadership is blossoming everywhere! Help us to cultivate a new generation of political women by making a contribution to CAWP today.
Thank you!   
End of an Era
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Latina to serve in Congress and the senior Republican woman in the House, will retire at the end of this term. The Miami Herald has the story. 

Starting Out Strong
Even as the first Latina retires from Congress, the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House is "raising hell," according to SeattlePI.com.

Finding Her Footing
First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump is developing the contours of her White House role, as described in The New York Times.

Back in a New Role?
The Hill says former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is a leading contender for appointment as U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

Nowhere to be Seen (or Heard)
The Senate GOP working group established to write a new version of health care legislation has 13 members - all men. CNN reports that a party aide defended the decision not to include any women on the grounds that "We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics."

In the Wings
In the hotly contested suburban Atlanta congressional run-off, Republican Karen Handel is opposing Democrat Jon Ossoff; The New York Times  says Handel is a familiar face for voters.  In Cincinnati, Councilwoman Yvette Simpson was the top vote-getter in an open mayoral primary and has a good chance to become the city's first Black woman mayor, as reported in the Cincinnati Business Courier and Cincinnati.com . Meanwhile, in Georgia, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has filed to run for governor, hoping to succeed the retiring Gov. Nathan Deal. She would be the first Black woman to hold any statewide elective office in Georgia, say The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Guardian.

The Saga Continues: Newcomers to Political Activism
In what has now become a familiar refrain, The Chicago Tribune offers another story about women deciding to get political in the wake of the 2016 election.

Whither Women's Rights?
Rebecca Traister, in The Cut in New York Magazine, speculates on the future of women's rights, and reproductive rights in particular, as Democrat try to figure out what they mean by "progressive."


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