May 23, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Finding Gender in Election 2016
How did gender influence the 2016 presidential election? For Presidential Gender Watch 2016, the question extended well beyond the fact that for the first time, a major party nominated a woman as its presidential candidate. It even went beyond the majority-female electorate that chose the new commander-in-chief. Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a collaboration between CAWP and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, worked with expert scholars and practitioners for 21 months to further public understanding of how gender influences candidate strategy, voter engagement and expectations, media coverage, and electoral outcomes in campaigns for the nation's highest executive office. Now a final report highlights the many lessons learned. Read the full report or the highlights, both authored by CAWP scholar Dr. Kelly Dittmar. Please read, share, and let us know what you think.  Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook using #GenderWatch2016.
Who's Resisting Women's Political Leadership?
Scholars are discussing many manifestations of that question in a conference May 22-26 at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Resisting Women's Political Leadership: Theories, Data, Solutions , organized by Professor Mona Lena Krook, is exploring " the nature, origins, and manifestations of resistance to women's political leadership, taking a global perspective and engaging scholars and practitioners working in a host of related areas. " The program also celebrates 30 years of the pioneering graduate program in women and politics at Rutgers . Conference details are here . Want to listen in? The program is being live-streamed all week on Facebook .
Anxious About Public Speaking?
S eventy-five percent of women answer "Yes!"  That's why the latest Ready to RunĀ® interactive workshop, on Thursday, June 29 from 9:00 am- noon at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, will focus on effective public speaking and presentation skills. Led by Professor Karla Jackson-Brewer, a skilled and encouraging trainer, participants will learn how to deliver a message more powerfully and how to identify their own authentic style, along with secrets of verbal and nonverbal communications techniques to capture and maintain any audience's interest and tips for dealing with speech anxiety.
2018 Is Just Around the Corner
We're not even halfway through 2017 (and there are still important elections this year ) but CAWP is already tracking who's contemplating running for congressional and statewide seats in 2018. Get the latest buzz here . (And see stories of some candidates-in-waiting below.)
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Look who's running!
As Election 2018 starts to unfold, Roll Call informs us about potential candidates including a paralympian who's a sled-dog racer, a New Mexican who wants to be the first Native American congresswoman , and a Republican businesswoman  who's challenging incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. WBKN-TV also reports that three women  are contemplating running for governor in Ohio.
Look who's leaving
The Hill  says senior Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering options including running for other offices or retiring.
Good jobs for girls
Running a country is a good job for a girl, per Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as reported by I News . And so is serving in a presidential cabinet, newly elected French President French President Emmanuel Macron seems to believe; he dug into his binders and found women to fill half of available positions, according to CNN .
Where women matter
Women matter in politics, according to Redbook . And they matter as campaign consultants, according to Campaigns and Elections . Also in sports, where they can offer valuable lessons for women in politics, according to
"Nobody is being excluded because of gender."
So says U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Yet The New York Times  reports that Republican women in the Senate "have struggled to gain as much influence in the Senate as their Democratic counterparts" and no women sit on the 13-member panel developing the Senate GOP's plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Why don't women run?
Teen Vogue reviews key reasons women might choose not to run for office--and offers hope for change. 

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