April 3, 2018
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Check out CAWP'S Latest Election Watch Release
According to CAWP's latest release , a record number of women are running for governor in 2018. "Much of the coverage of election 2018 has focused on the Congressional midterm contests. However, with 36 states holding gubernatorial elections, there are tremendous opportunities for women to advance as chief executives," says CAWP's director, Debbie Walsh.  For a full summary and listing of women candidates in 2018, see CAWP's  Election Watch.
Eagleton Hosts Talk with Hillary Rodham Clinton
On March 29, more than 5,000 people packed the Rutgers Athletic Center (the RAC) in Piscataway, NJ for the Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs conversation between Secretary Clinton and Eagleton director Ruth B. Mandel. If you weren't able to attend, you can watch the Facebook Live video of the full event here.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
to Speak at Eagleton!

Healey is one of only seven women currently serving as Attorney General and is the first openly gay person ever elected state Attorney General. 
Don't miss her talk on "The Role of State Attorneys General in the Current Political Climate" on April 19 th at the Eagleton Institute of Politics in New Brunswick, NJ. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.
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Women Candidates: Records, Challenges, and #MeToo
NBC News reports on a record number of Black women running for office in Alabama Missisippi has just sent its first woman to Congress, and thanks to NPR's handy graphic,  you can find out when your state did that The New York Times reports on candidate Deb Haaland, who could become the first Native American woman in Congress

CNN profiles women candidates who are incorporating their past abuse and a #MeToo message directly into their campaigns .   Indystar.com reports that candidate MeChelle Callen  carries around a wooden chair  to drive home her message that more women are fighting for a seat at the table. 

Politico focuses on the biggest  challenge for female candidates: 'It's hard to beat an incumbent, period' 2018 could be a wave election - for Minnesota women,  writes Briana Bierschbach in Minnpost.

Women in Congress: Milestones, Messages, and Myths
US Senator  Kamala Harris (D-CA) is dreaming bigwrites Abby Aguirre in  Vogue Mattie Kahn writes in ELLE about the quiet power of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).
US Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) has an important message for Democrats running in 2018 , reports Roll Call
Weaker sex? U.S. Rep. Ruth Bryan Owen, the first woman elected to Congress from Florida and the South, sent that myth packing writes Joy Wallace Dickinson in Orlando Sentinel.

Fond Farewell
Rep. Patricia Todd,   A labama's first openly gay legislator, received a standing ovation as she bid farewell to the House of Representatives before the last day of the legislative session, reports The Associated Press.
The Gender Gap
The  Pew Research Center  finds a "persistent gender gap" in a study of "more than 10,000 interviews of registered voters," with a 56% majority of women identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic, while 37% affiliate with or lean toward the GOP. 

Institutional Sexism in the Trump Administration
Annie Lowrey and Steven Johnson examine the very male Trump Administration in The Atlantic, noting that "the White House has named twice as many men as women to administration positions. This gender skew is both broad and deep: In no department do female appointees outnumber male appointees, and in some cases men outnumber women four or five to one."  
In Memoriam
US Rep. Louise Slaughter set House rules, and played by her own, writes Carl Hulse for
The New York Times

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