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

CAWP apologizes for the tardiness of this News and Notes, which is due to major Rutgers network malfunctions. 

Watch It

Wondering what to watch for in the 2016 presidential race? Presidential Gender Watch, the new collaboration between CAWP and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to track, analyze and illuminate gender dynamics in election 2016, presents diverse viewpoints from scholars and practitioners focusing on policy, strategy, voters, and candidates. Start with this week's Scholar Outlooks from Anna Sampaio (Santa Clara University) about Latino/A Turnout and Immigration ReformDr. Erin-Heidt-Forsythe (Penn State University) on Abortion, Liberty, the Republican Presidential Candidates, and Dr. Dianne Bystrom about Gender Bias, Media, and the Cause for Concern in Presidential Politics. Coming next week: practitioners Mary Hughes, Glynda Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Leslie Sanchez, and Christine Matthews share their outlooks for the 2016 presidential race.

We have a winner!


CAWP director Debbie Walsh is receiving an award from Women's E-News as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. The awards are presented "to individuals who work - personally or professionally-- each day to improve the lives of women and girls around the world." Seven women are honored in each of three categories; Debbie's category is "Seven Who Give Life to Movements." The festivities take place at JW Marriott Essex House on May 5; contact Women's E-News for more information. 

And a few more winners...

Each year the Center for American Women and Politics recognizes the accomplishments and leadership potential of two Douglass Residential College students with the CAWP Leadership Awards. These awards are named in honor of two outstanding New Jersey women leaders.


This year's winner of the Nancy H. Becker Award for Public Leadership  is Francine Glaser. A senior with a major in planning and public policy and a minor in women's & gender studies , Francine has spent her college career involved on campus and contributing to the local community.   In the fall of 2014, Francine served as a Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellow, working on community-based research surrounding food insecurity in New Brunswick, NJ in partnership with a local organization. She also serves as the Democratic committeewoman for her District 69 in Edison, having won a contested race for the position at age 20. She is an elected student government (RUSA) member, a School of Arts and Sciences Senator-At-Large, and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Undergraduate Student Representative. Additionally, Francine is an Eagleton Institute Undergraduate Associate and an IWL Leadership Scholar.


This year's winner of the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award is Saira Shakir. A senior  graduating in May 2015 with a major in political science and minor in history , Saira has spent her college career involved in building her legal education and providing assistance to those in need. In the fall of 2013, she interned at the Legal Services of New Jersey and provided assistance to clients living under the 20% poverty line in finding legal representation or legal advice. She is an Eagleton Institute Undergraduate Associate and a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. After graduation Saira plans to pursue a J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, with the intention of building a career in law and politics, with a focus on civil liberties, human rights, and women's rights.


Michigan Women Now Ready to Run

Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women

CAWP's Ready to RunĀ® partners around the country are doing their part to expand the pool of women prepared to run for office or shepherd successful campaigns. Most recently, more than 40 women attended Ready to Run Michigan on April 18 at Saginaw Valley State University. The daylong session was highlighted by a panel presentation of appointed and elected officials who discussed building a campaign, running for the first time, fundraising and balancing a family while seeking political office.

Soror power

The Atlantic reports on the political clout of four Black women's sororities, whose members include leaders like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a member of Delta Sigma Theta.  


Political is the new chic

Political women must be in style; women's magazines are showcasing them and their work. Elle tells us what the media get wrong about women in politics. Cosmopolitan offers advice to young women from women in the Senate AND credits female senators for getting things done.


Ready for a woman president?

It's not as if we haven't been trying for a while, per's feature about women who have paved the way. But apparently, according to CBS News, some men are still uncomfortable with the idea.


Trying out the gov's office

Winner of Rhode Island's Governor-for-a-Day competition Khatima Bulmer used her day to promote girl powerpothole-filling and tree planting, according to local radio and TV. If Rhode Island didn't already have a woman governor, that platform might be enough to get Khatima the job!


A step up in Senate leadership for Murray?

Politico and The Hill speculate on whether Patty Murray will seek the number two position when Chuck Schumer becomes Senate Democratic leader upon Harry Reid's retirement.


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