September 1, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

What women have learned
Lessons from past women's presidential races remain salient for 2016 - so Presidential Gender Watch 2016 (a collaboration between CAWP and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation) convened a telephone press conference to draw on that wisdom. Featured experts were 2004 candidate Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun and 1988 candidate Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, along with Kathleen Harrington, deputy manager of Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole's 2000 campaign, and Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, author of You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Michelle, Sarah, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman. Find highlights of the discussion and listen to the recording on the PGW2016 website.

What to study
Want to learn more about women in American politics? Click on over to the Research and Scholarship section of CAWP's website, where you can dig deep into data and analysis on dozens of topics. Whether you're exploring candidates and campaigns, women of color in politics, women voters and the gender gap, or the impact of women public officials (just to name a few of our featured topics), you'll find it all, and much more. 
What to study, youth division

Not quite ready to dip into advanced scholarly research? There's plenty for you to learn - and teach -   at CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead website,  which aims to make women's public leadership visible to the next generation. Teachers, be sure to check out our teaching toolbox for classroom-ready resources for all levels. 

Not too late to finish your summer reading
Two women in the U.S. Senate published memoirs this summer. Senator Amy Klobuchar's  The Senator Next Door  and Senator Claire McCaskill's Plenty Ladylike offer different takes on building political careers and serving i n the Senate. And for a view from the GOP side of the aisle, add former Senator Olympia Snowe's 2013 book,  Fighting for Common Ground to your syllabus. Or take a look at Cosmopolitan's   "20 Political Books Every Woman Should Read."

Fiorina rises in polls, fends off attacks
The Los Angeles Times notes that as presidential candidate Carly Fiorina attracts more voters and battles for a spot on the CNN debate stage, she is also attracting new attacks.
Aloha, equality!
Celebrating Women's Equality Day, WalletHub ranked the states on the basis of gender equality, considering factors including education, workplace environment, and political empowerment. Top ranked? Hawaii, followed by New York and Illinois. At the other end of the list, Utah, Idaho and South Carolina have not yet come a long way, baby.
What the public wants
A new survey commissioned by the Ms. Foundation for Women  looks at public opinion on issues and solutions, with emphasis on the intersections of race, gender equality, and income inequality. The findings could prove helpful to candidates as they shape their platforms.
Money talks
Donovan X. Ramsey interviewed Former Ohio Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner about money, race and politics; the conversation is reported in   Demos. Turner observes that women of color seeking office encounter a "cash ceiling" as daunting as any glass ceiling.
It's all about that bass
Business Insider reports on a study that found that voters prefer candidates with deeper voices, who are perceived as stronger and more competent. 

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