September 1, 2020
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Beyond the 19th Amendment
Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment, simultaneously the culmination of decades of activism to expand the right to vote to women and the beginning of further struggle to ensure that right extended to all American women, regardless of their race or ancestry.
To mark this important moment in the history of American women's drive towards political equality, we are pleased to announce our upcoming virtual event on Tuesday, October 13th at 1pm ET devoted to furthering our understanding of the suffrage centennial - how the women's vote has evolved over the past 100 years and the unequal ways in which access to the ballot was achieved for women of color:
Beyond the 19th Amendment: A Century of Growing Political Power Amid Unequal Suffrage
Susan J. CarrollSenior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics; Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University.
Wendy SmoothAssociate Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science; Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University.
Deborah Gray WhiteBoard of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University. 
Christina WolbrechtProfessor of Political Science; Director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, University of Notre Dame.
This event is free and open to the public.

CAWP's Christabel Cruz on National Geographic Panel
CAWP's NEW Leadership® Director Christabel Cruz joined a National Geographic virtual panel discussion about the suffrage centennial, 
Recruiting Women for Office: Why Is it Still Necessary? 100 Years After Women's Suffrage, to discuss her work getting young women more engaged with the political process. Cruz was joined on the panel by U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence, Ariel Hill-Davis of Republican Women for Progress, and National Geographic moderator Mallory Benedict. In the panel, Cruz tells the audience, "because of all these wonderful firsts that we've seen among women of color in office...those things are exciting and they will then motivate other see themselves as potential [officeholders]. And, most importantly, for the folks who are gatekeeping in recruiting, for them to see them as potential candidates as well and folks that can and should and are likely to win when they do run."
Women Candidates Through History in Redesigned CAWP Resource
In a recent piece on our blog, CAWP research associate Claire Gothreau shows off the newly redesigned historical candidate summaries, which now include interactive data visualizations, walking readers through the trends that can be observed when examining this data over time. CAWP databases of candidates are now also easily accessible to the public for the first time. In the post, Introducing CAWP's New Candidate Summaries and Databases, Gothreau writes that the summaries "include interactive data visualizations and important summary information on both filed candidates and nominees...Scholars, journalists, and anyone with an interest in women in politics now have direct access to databases of women."
CAWP data tells the story of women's expanding political power.

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Wyoming Set to Elect First Woman to U.S. Senate
Congressional primaries were held recently in three states: Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming. Among the most notable results for women:
  • All major-party nominees for U.S. Congress in Wyoming are women in 2020, including both U.S. Senate nominees and both nominees for the at-large U.S. House seat. This all but guarantees that Wyoming will elect its first woman to the U.S. Senate. In that contest, former Representative Cynthia Lummis (R) is currently favored.
  • Kat Cammack (R) won the Republican nomination in the open seat created by Representative Ted Yoho's retirement in Florida's 3rd congressional district. This contest is currently rated as "Solid Republican" by Cook Political Report, suggesting that this is a likely pick-up for Republican women.
  • Alyse Galvin (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Representative Don Young (R) in Alaska's at-large congressional district. Galvin was the Democratic nominee in 2018, when she lost to Young by 6.6 points. This contest is currently rated as "Lean Republican" by Cook Political Report.
  • As a result of last Tuesday's primaries, there will be at least six all-woman U.S. House contests in Florida in November. Together with Wyoming's all-woman congressional contests, this brings the total number of contests where a woman will face a woman to 50, far eclipsing the previous record of 33 all-woman congressional contests set in 2018. For more information on these races historically and in 2020, visit CAWP's fact sheet, Woman vs Woman: Congressional and Gubernatorial Races
As always, full context about women in the 2020 elections, including candidate lists, summaries, results from previous primaries, and historical comparisons, are available via the Center for American Women and Politics' Election Watch page.
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