November 22, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
During this holiday week, we are thankful for women public leaders who work hard to strengthen our democracy and shape our communities. And we thank all of you for supporting CAWP and women's leadership!
Women in State Legislatures and Statewide Offices: More of the Same
A preliminary count of women in state legislatures and statewide elective offices for 2017 shows minimal, if any, progress. Even if most of the still undecided races fall women's way, there will be no more than 25% women in state legislatures, and the number of women in statewide elected executive offices, currently 75, will go no higher than 77 depending on the outcomes of two undecided races. This CAWP press release contains the details.

2016 Presidential Election Energizing Potential Women Candidates
An article in USA Today  captures a positive election outcome CAWP is experiencing: women are looking for ways to have a voice in the political arena and to acquire tools they need to become effective advocates for issues they care about. It's not only CAWP's Ready to RunĀ® program that's getting a surge of early applications; partners in the Ready to RunĀ® National Network are reporting the same. Information about the New Jersey program is here , or you can check out our partners around the country here . And use our Political and Leadership Resource Map  to identify organizations and programs that can help you plunge into politics!

Women in Presidential Cabinets: Records to Beat
As the president-elect vets potential cabinet members , take a look at CAWP's fact sheet on women in presidential cabinets  to see the past records. President Clinton and President Obama have done best in appointing women, and President G.W. Bush leads among Republicans.
The Final Numbers: CAWP Post-Election Releases

As we wrap up the election season, here are the final CAWP releases on the gender gap in the presidential and Senate races, outcomes for women running for Senate, House and governor , the popular vote for President . To see what a variety of women leaders had to say about the election results and the future, check out #WomenTalk2016 on Twitter.

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Will Women Still Run?
In The New York Times , Susan Chira asks whether women will still want to run for the office after the ugliness of the 2016 elections - and answers her own question with a qualified yes.
More Glass Ceilings, Uncracked
Jena Macgregor of The Washington Post  reports on other glass ceilings, besides the presidency, yet to be cracked.
The Women's Vote: Myth or Reality?
Amanda Hess, in The New York Times , reconsiders the idea of "the women's vote" in light of the 2016 elections.
Goodbye, Senator Mikulski
When the Senate convenes in January, there will be 21 women, but for the first time since 1987, Maryland's Barbara Mikulski will not be among them. Senator Mikulski was the initiator of private gatherings of women senators, and Roll Call  reports on her last one, which included the three new women of color joining the Senate.
One State's Example
In Oklahoma, the number of women lawmakers is slated to drop as a result of the elections, reports KGOU , placing the Sooner State near the bottom for representation of women in state legislatures. On the bright side, this may lead to establishment of a bipartisan women's caucus in the legislature.

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