April 13, 2021
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Measuring Success: In Conversation 
Following the release of our recent report on the 2020 elections, Measuring Success: Women in 2020 Legislative Elections, CAWP Director of Research Kelly Dittmar sat down with a collection of stakeholders for Instagram Live conversations about last year’s elections. Here’s a preview, follow links for full video:

Follow CAWP on Instagram for more content like this, and read the definitive story of the 2020 elections in Measuring Success.
Last Chance: Register for NEW Leadership® Today! 
Applications for CAWP’s education program for college-aged women are due by April 26th! This year’s program has been converted to an all-virtual format and will be co-hosted by NEW Leadership® National Network partners in more than 15 states. The summer institute will be held for five days over the course of two weeks: June 9th and 10th, and June 14th, 15th, and 16th. Students from around the country will participate in a series of virtual sessions and will have access to online resources; those participating in New Jersey will also receive a Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey care package and a daily food delivery gift card to defray the cost of their meals during the program. Pending the reopening of Rutgers University, students in New Jersey will have the opportunity to attend a one-day, in-person, NEW Leadership® program in the Fall 2021 semester at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Learn more about NEW Leadership® 2021, including application and participation information from our partner programs here. Submit an application for NEW Leadership® New Jersey here.
New Research on Congressional Staff from Kelly Dittmar 
CAWP Director of Research Kelly Dittmar published a new article in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities that explores intersectional identities among political staffers. The piece, “Invisible forces: gender, race, and congressional staff,” draws upon dozens of interviews with women staffers who have worked on Capitol Hill over the past half-century. On the importance of undertaking this research, Dittmar writes, “Only by making gender, race, and intersectional forces visible can scholars effectively illuminate the concurrent privileging of masculinity and whiteness in congressional structures, operations, and distributions of power, as well as analyze the role of staff diversity in both reflecting and affecting institutional gender and race dynamics.” Read more here.
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Upcoming Rutgers Events
  • Reflections on Caste: Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents joins the Douglass Residential College Dean’s Lecture Series: Critical Conversations on Black History. This talk is part of Wilkerson’s larger involvement at the University as the 2021 Blanche, Edith, and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies. Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6pm ET. Register.
  • This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism — A Book Talk with CNN’s Don Lemon: In his new book, Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes? Featuring opening remarks from Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway and moderated by Elie Honig. Tuesday, April 20 at 5pm ET. Register.
  • Making Care Count: Care Work, Gender, and COVID-19: Join the Institute for Women's Leadership consortium for this symposium with distinguished leaders whose research, policy work, and activism are advancing our understanding of one of the most pressing issues of our times: the care crisis. The symposium launches with a filmed conversation moderated by Naomi Klein and featuring Representative Pramila Jayapal and Professor Ipek Ilkkaracan. Thursday, April 22 at 1pm ET. Register.
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