February 06, 2018
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Women Candidates in 2018: A Note of Caution 
Image Source: The Cut for New York Magazine
News of the "Pink Wave" of women candidates was ubiquitous ahead of and after the first anniversary of the Women's March last month. Cover stories and in-depth investigations into women running for office in 2018 rightfully celebrated the increase in the numbers of women running this year. At CAWP, we are the ones keeping those  numbers, tracking potential candidates for Congress and statewide elected executive offices nationwide. We're celebrating as well, thrilled to see women candidate numbers that are almost guaranteed to break records at every level. But we also know that there is more to this story, and ignoring important context in which to digest these candidate numbers risks inaccurate, and perhaps unfair, conclusions come Election Day. Read more in this blog post by CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar. 
Building Women's Power: A Note of Thanks
Last night, CAWP -- with the help of our honorary co-hosts Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, and all the women of the New Jersey Legislature -- held our sixth annual Women of Power event. Over 150 of New Jersey's most powerful women and men gathered for this networking reception to benefit CAWP's nonpartisan leadership programs for New Jersey women. We thank all of our wonderful donors for supporting this work to bring along the next generation of women leaders - we couldn't do this without you.
Women of Color, Get Ready to Run®
Three specially designed programs for women of color kick off CAWP's Ready to Run® campaign training on Friday, March 9 just prior to the opening Ready to Run® session. Former NYC Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, the first Latina to hold that position, will keynote. If you're a woman of color who's thinking about how to get political, consider the one that's tailored to your needs (and then stay for the whole Ready to Run® program!):
Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics
Run Sister Run: Women of the African Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape
Elección Latina

HURRY!  February 9th is the deadline for early bird reduced registration!

The Future of Republican Women in Office
The Washington Examiner looks at whether the Republican congresswoman is an endangered species, while Roll Call profiles a new GOP women's group hoping to prevent that from happening.
Still "Unbought and Unbossed"
Vanessa Williams writes in The Washington Post about how Shirley Chisholm's famous campaign slogan is still relevant 50 years later.
Women Veterans
The New York Times profiled three women military veterans, all graduates of the United States Naval academy, who are campaigning for seats in Congress.
Already a pathbreaker, military veteran Tammy Duckworth announced her second pregnancy and will become the first US Senator to give birth while in office. Duckworth told ABC News this will only make her "want to be there longer" so she can see to it that women are never forced to choose between their careers and their families.
Women Candidates Are on Everyone's Minds
CAWP's director Debbie Walsh discussed whether 2018 will really be another "year of the woman" on New Jersey's News Channel 12, Los Angeles radio station KCRW, and NBC News. You might have also heard her talking about the new wave of groups looking to fund women candidates on Ohio's WOSU

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