August 26, 2014
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

Celebrate Women's Equality Day!


August 26 has been designated as Women's Equality Day, celebrating the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote nationwide. Ways to celebrate:

  • Find out about the push for women's suffrage, using the new suffrage module on CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead™ website. You'll find lesson ideas, fact sheets, handouts, links to online resources and more. Whether you're a teacher, a Girl Scout leader, a parent, or just someone who likes to learn, you'll discover something new here.
  • Invite a woman to run for office! Women's underrepresentation in public office can only be remedied when more women run and win. And we know that women, more often than men, wait to be asked, rather than deciding on their own to run. So think about that talented, smart, energetic woman you know, and ask her to consider running.
  • Support the woman candidate of your choice. Not saying you must back every woman on the ballot - but find one you admire and boost her candidacy. Volunteer for her campaign, send a contribution, and tell your friends why they should support her too.

Fundraising? Piece of Cake!

Many people are deterred from running for office by fear of fundraising. But it doesn't have to be that way! Come learn the basics of "relationship fundraising" from Nancy Bocskor. It's cost effective, the return is high, and the results can be immediate. This workshop will explain relationship fundraising and how to help each donor move from concern to passion to cash. Nancy Bocskor has raised money for  more than 100 Members of Congress and candidates and trained activists and leaders in all 50 states and more than 20 countries.


Thursday, October 16th, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm 

Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University    

191 Ryders Lane

New Brunswick, NJ 08091

$75.00 fee includes workshop materials and refreshments. Registration is limited to 30, so sign up now! Get more information and register here. 


Questions? Contact Deanna-Marie Norcross at (732) 932-9384, x223 or 

 TBT (Throwback Tuesday, That Is)

Remember when some people were calling 1984 "the Year of the Woman"? It was a year of potential for women candidates, and the year when New York's Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to run on a major party's national ticket as vice presidential nominee. Relive that year - and see what's changed and what hasn't - by viewing Not One of the Boys, the documentary produced by CAWP and aired on PBS' Frontline.



Hillary Rodham Clinton offers career advice in this excerpt from an article in the September issue of Glamour.


Conservative Women Reframing the Picture

In the Tuscaloosa News, commentator Katherine Robertson suggests that conservative women can change the public narrative about women as voters if they get "a little more organized and a lot more vocal."


Making History

Two weeks ago, Mary Burke became the first female nominee for governor in Wisconsin. The Washington Post cites CAWP's data to report that eight other states have yet to nominate a woman for the state's highest office.


...But No Midterm Boost

Scripps News draws on CAWP's Election Watch 2014 to note that fewer women filed and have won their congressional primaries in 2014 than in 2012. While we may still break new records of female winners, our data shows there is more work to do to get women to run for office.

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