October 13, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
CAWP Call for Research Proposals: Identifying and Addressing Barriers and Opportunities to Women's Political Power 
CAWP is now accepting proposals for both small and large research grants to investigate and illuminate barriers and opportunities to increasing women's political power in the United States. This request for proposals is supported by the generosity and commitment of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates. Applications will be accepted through November 16, 2020.

Preference will be given to research proposals that:
  • Advance our understanding of the distinct realities that women of color navigate in U.S. politics;
  • Identify and assess steps for translating research into action to increase women's political power, including effective interventions to disrupt gender and/or intersectional biases in U.S. political institutions;
  • Challenge one-size-fits-all assessments of barriers or opportunities to women in U.S. politics; and
  • Expand the sites for research focus to non-electoral positions of political power and/or to sub-national levels of political representation.
Priority areas of research include:
  • Leading with Intersectionality
  • Expanding Research Focus
  • Meeting the Moment
Learn more about each priority area, as well as eligibility and proposal requirements, by visiting the RFP page on CAWP's website. The page also includes FAQs that provide additional information about expectations and processes.
Symposium: Revisiting the Gender Gap in 2020 
Last week, CAWP created a blog series interviewing experts about the gender gap in American politics in an effort to shed light on how these gaps may impact the 2020 presidential election. The three-day series produced curated conversations, moderated by email by CAWP faculty and staff, with gender and politics experts intended to illuminate the meaning of the gender gap, to explore what we understand and do not understand about women's political behavior, and most importantly to address questions posed in the media about gender and the presidential election.
Women of Power 2021
We were looking forward to networking once again with women lawmakers and our Women of Power Host Committee in February to share ideas and celebrate milestones. These are not ordinary times. CAWP relies on the Women of Power event for vital program support, but we can't safely gather during the ongoing pandemic. The mission of Women of Power, however, continues. Supporting CAWP research and educational initiatives is more critical than ever, so we are inviting you to join the Host Committee of Women of Power 2021. Learn more and become a member here.
New Jersey Allows Campaign Funds for Childcare Expenses
Last week, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that would allow for the use of campaign funds for related childcare expenses for both officeholders and candidates for public office. CAWP Associate Director Jean Sinzdak, who compiles CAWP's state-by-state information about campaign funds and childcare, gave this statement in the governor's press release: "We commend Governor Murphy and the members of our legislature for this legislation, which removes a significant barrier to elective office for many parents, particularly those with less disposable income, and for women, who disproportionately bear the burden of child care. Only a handful of states have passed similar laws, and New Jersey's goes further by including officeholders in addition to candidates, making the Garden State a model for the nation in promoting access to public service for all."
The U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Index
Last week, CAWP Director Debbie Walsh joined the panel discussion, The Best and Worst States for Women: Introducing the US Women, Peace, and Security Index, at the Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS). The panel also included Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief of National Geographic; Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Times Up; Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research; Jeni Klugman, managing director, GIWPS; and was moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, executive director of GIWPS. The Georgetown Index is a comprehensive information source about women's rights and opportunities across America. View the full discussion here and read the report here.
Voting: Resource and Inspiration
Our Eagleton colleagues in the Center for Youth Participation in Politics have launched a brand-new resource, RU Voting National, that provides a central hub for voter participation information for people around the country. RU Voting National includes state-by-state guides on how to get registered and cast your ballot, as well as information to expand your understanding of the elections happening in your area.

The Voorhees Choir here at Rutgers, meanwhile, produced a moving virtual choral commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment that also memorialized Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. View the full performance of "What Happens When a Woman" here.
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