August 29, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Celebrating Equality by Voting
Women's Equality Day - August 26 - marks the anniversary of the date in 1920 when women secured the right to vote.  And how are women doing with that right? As it turns out, women have outvoted men consistently for decades - voting in greater proportions than men since 1980 and in greater numbers than men since 1964. See all the details in the latest update of CAWP's fact sheet, Gender Differences in Voter Turnout.  You can also see how women's and men's voting rates compared in the early years, according to political scientists Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht in The Washington Post.  And see what CAWP director Debbie Walsh said we can be thankful for on Women's Equality Day, published in Self
Wearing Fashion with a Message
The True North bracelet from TheCompassProject is one powerful piece of jewelry. Not only does it make you look chic, but it supports CAWP's work to expand Ready to RunĀ® programs nationwide. Order your bracelet here - and don't forget to order a few more for gifts!

Legislators at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures joined CAWP director Debbie Walsh and Associate Director Jean Sinzdak in displaying their True North bracelets. 
Women's voices change the agenda! Help us point more women toward political participation---  m ake a contribution to CAWP today!  Thank you.  

Women Running, Women Winning, Women Serving
  • In Tennessee, Roll Call reports that Congresswoman Diane Black has announced that she will run for governor in 2018, leaving the U.S. House after four terms. But she's not the only woman in the race; per WBIR, she's joined by House Speaker Beth Harwell and State Senator Mae Beavers.
  • Maryland, too, has a woman running for governor in 2018: Krishanti Vignarajah, former policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama, says Governing. Cosmopolitan has more on Vignarajah, who led Obama's signature initiative to give girls in developing countries access to education, "Let Girls Learn." 
  • Seattle is electing a new mayor, and KUOW reports that the next mayor will be a woman, the city's first since 1926. The Seattle Times says women's electoral success in western Washington extends beyond that race to several others. 
  • The town of Blue Lake, California boasts the only all-female city council in the state, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • Marine veteran Amy McGrath's forceful ads are drawing national attention to her campaign for a Kentucky seat in the U.S. House, as reported in the HuffPost.
  • Elle, as part of its continuing series on women who have run for office, tells the stories of Haya Ayala, currently a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, and Hillary Schieve, a figure skater-turned-mayor of Reno.
  • Rosie Rivera has been elected the first woman sheriff in Salt Lake County, Utah, says the Deseret News.
  • The Jewish Telegraphic Agency highlights Jewish women who are newcomers running for office because of President Trump.
  • Bustle describes some of the training that's helping women gear up to run.  
  • Lenny introduces three political novices who have stepped up to run. 
Women Being White House Communicators
  • Hope Hicks has been named interim White House communications director, per CNN
Women Not Running
  • Refinery 29 says female celebrities don't run for office as famous men do -- and speculates on why. In a different article, Refinery 29 speculates on why women hold leadership positions in high school government but don't go on to public office.
  • A new report from the New York City Council's women's caucus, covered in the New York Daily News, attributes the paucity of women on the council in part to the paucity of women running for seats there. Governing expands on that report to cite the city councils where women are least represented.
Women Paying Attention 
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Americans - and women in particular-are increasingly tuned in to politics. 58 percent of women, compared with 46 percent of men, say they are paying more attention to politics since the 2016 elections.

A Woman Getting Married
Congratulations and best wishes to New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (the youngest woman ever to serve in the House!), whose marriage was announced in The New York Times

Women Doing Political Science
  • Washington College political scientist Melissa Deckman, in The Gender Policy Report, asks whether conservative women will flourish in the Trump era and provides some preliminary answers.
  • Rutgers University political scientist Mona Lena Krook discusses rising violence against female politicians as a threat to democracy in British Politics and Policy.
History Lessons
  • Teen Vogue, which covers news and politics imaginatively alongside the expected fashion stories, tells us that women suffrage leaders left out Black women; the story fills in some of the gaps, highlighting racism in the suffrage movement.
  • Time explains how some women could run for office even before the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920.
  • The Washington Post places the current attention to Congresswoman Maxine Waters in the context of problematic connotations of the phrase "strong Black women."
  • A Utah state legislator thinks the Beehive State should replace its U.S. Capitol statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, an inventor of television technology, with one of Martha Hughes Cannon, the first woman to serve in any state senate, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

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