August 04, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Getting Ready for the 19th Amendment Centennial
This month marks the 100-year anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment, which was an initial, incomplete, step in extending the right to vote to American women. Here is just a sampling of information from CAWP and our allies devoted to informing the conversation around the 19th Amendment.

Learn about the past, present, and future of women's engagement in American politics with CAWP's Resources for the 19th Amendment Centennial. Our Women Elected Officials Database offers a look at women officeholders throughout history and into the present; Election Watch gives you the most up-to-date information on the current election; our Teach a Girl to Lead® resources offer students a chance to rethink women in leadership; and our Women's Political Power Map helps you find organizations nationwide, and in your own community, devoted to enhancing women's political participation. Find these resources, and more, here.

Evoke, a platform created by Melinda Gates to highlight innovative ideas and creatives solutions, has produced a new and fascinating resource about Black women's fight to secure their right to vote - before and after the 19th Amendment. Truth Be Told tells the suffrage story from a different perspective, highlighting individual Black women and their work as suffragists, as well as detailing the obstacles they faced, including from white women in the suffrage movement.

All in Together and The 19th News are among the hosts of a centennial virtual forum this Thursday, August 6th, at 7pm ET, featuring Nancy Pelosi, Abby Wambach, and Condoleezza Rice, among other speakers. Register for the event, 19th Amendment: Past. Present. Future., here.

On August 17th at 7pm ET, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center hosts a virtual conversation on the centennial, Pioneers of Protest: Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Voting, featuring a lineup of notable New Jersey women in politics, including U.S. House Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman and Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and former Governor Christie Todd Whitman. Learn more and register here.
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Women Set New Records in Election 2020
Candidate filings for 2020 have ended across the country, and women set numerous new records:
  • A record number of women are running for U.S. House this year, with 584 women filing as House candidates, outpacing the previous record, set in 2018, of 476.
  • Republican women overwhelmingly eclipsed their previous record for filed House candidates. The prior record, set in 2010, was 133. This year, 227 GOP women are running for House seats nationwide.
  • Democratic women narrowly surpassed their own previous record, with 357 women filing for House contests, compared to the previous record of 356 set during the 2018 election.
  • In the Senate, the 60 women who have filed to run for Senate seats surpasses the previous record of 53, set in 2018.
  • Republican women have surpassed by one their previous Senate candidate record, with 23 women running in 2020 compared to 22 in 2018.
  • For Democrats, 37 women are running in Senate races this year, besting their 2018 high of 31.
New on the CAWP Blog 
Guest contributor Rosalyn Cooperman of University of Mary Washington writes on our Election Analysis blog about the large number of GOP women running for Congress this year. In Is 2020 the Year of the Republican Woman? Women's PAC support for Republican Women Candidates Suggests Otherwise, Cooperman examines campaign financing devoted specifically to women candidates and finds that, "If Republicans are serious about increasing the number of Republican women members of Congress, it would be well served to direct more funds to support these women and also work collaboratively with conservative women's PACs to enhance their efforts."

Preparing for the Vice Presidential Announcement with CAWP
With Joe Biden's vice presidential selection imminent, here are some resources from CAWP for putting the announcement in context:
  • Women Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates. Learn about the women who have made vice presidential history, from the first VP nominees in each of the major parties, to women of color who have served as third-party VP nominees, to the odd case of the first woman to win an electoral vote for vice president in 1972 - as the result of a faithless elector.
  • Milestones for Women in American Politics. Get information about historical breakthroughs for women and politics, including women as candidates for president and vice president.
  • What Voters Could Biden's VP Pick Mobilize? CAWP Research Associate Claire Gothreau analyzes nine of the rumored top contenders for the Biden VP pick in terms of their own electoral appeal and how their poll numbers overlap with, or complement, Biden's strengths.
  • A Woman Running Mate is Just a Start. Kelly Dittmar analyzes the potential impacts a woman vice presidential nominee may have on the election, comparing this moment to the 1984 and 2008 elections that also featured a woman VP nominee, while warning the Biden campaign against relying solely on the symbolism of a woman VP pick in its appeal to women voters.
  • VotersWomen vote in higher numbers and at higher rates than men, and they have done so for decades. In addition, learn about the gender gap in vote choice.
The 19th is LIVE 
The 19th, a fantastic new online news source devoted to reporting about how politics and policy impacts the lives of women, went live this week. The 19th has been operating for a few months through a regular newsletter and publishing partnerships with major news organizations, and now the team at The 19th has moved to publishing direct to their own website. Their mission is to be "a source of news and information for all women, with a special emphasis on those who have been underserved by and underrepresented in American media." They're already a regular read for us - we think you'll feel the same.                                                   
Vote Mama Foundation
In May 2018, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) ruled that Liuba Grechen Shirley, a congressional candidate from New York, could use campaign funds to cover her campaign-related childcare expenses, which spurred several state-level candidates to seek clarity on the rules regarding campaign funds and childcare expenses in their states. After her campaign, Grechen Shirley launched the Vote Mama Foundation, which is working with candidates across the country to petition their state and local election commissions, as well as with legislators to introduce and pass legislation to approve the use of campaign funds for childcare for state and local candidates. They are working to pass campaign funds for childcare in all 50 states - by 2023. Learn more about the Vote Mama Foundation here, and find out how campaign funds and childcare are treated across the country in our state-by-state guide. See CAWP Director Debbie Walsh moderate a discussion with the Mom's in the House Caucus that touches on these issues here.
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