April 17, 2018
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

The Power of the States 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy will be speaking at CAWP on Thursday, April 19th on the topic of "The Role of State Attorneys General in the Current Political Climate." Healey  is one of only seven women currently serving as attorney general, the first openly gay AG and the only woman AG who was a professional basketball player! 

This event has reached capacity, but you can watch the livestream on Facebook here.
Good News/Bad News
After filing deadlines in 30 states, a record number of women are running for the U.S. House. As of April 6th, 309 women - 231 Democrats and 78 Republicans - have filed, surpassing the 2012 high of 298. "Offsetting the record number of women running is the highest number of women incumbents not returning," said Debbie Walsh, CAWP's Director. This year, 13 (7D, 6R) or 15.7% of the 83 women serving in the U.S. House are either retiring or running for other office.

"The bottom line is that women remain underrepresented among all U.S. House candidates in 2018," says CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar, who offers partisan and historical context, as well as comparisons to men running this year, in her latest blog post Putting the Record Numbers of Women's Candidacies into Context.
Women get Ready to Run® in Southern California
Mount Saint Mary's Center for the Advancement of Women is hosting its annual training on April 28th in Los Angeles featuring an all-star lineup of political women and campaign operatives.  Learn more HERE
Rutgers Alum Pooja Prabhakaran Joins CAWP Staff 
We're delighted to have a talented new member of our team. Pooja Prabhakaran is the new program coordinator for Ready to Run®, NEW Leadership™ and other CAWP education and training programs. Prior to CAWP, Pooja worked on two political campaigns for women candidates. Working with women candidates helped Pooja understand the obstacles women face while running for office and led her to become a passionate supporter of CAWP's mission. Pooja received her master's degree in public administration from Rutgers-Newark and her bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers-New Brunswick. 
Political Moms
Congratulations to U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth on the birth of her daughter Maile. Duckworth is the first sitting U.S. Senator to give birth while serving in office. Watch her poignant personal story here .

In a sign of changing times, many women candidates this year are forcefully highlighting motherhood as an asset during their political campaigns rather than a strike against them, Susan Chira writes in "Mom is Running for Office" for The New York Times
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Women Candidates for Congress, Governor and Big City Mayor
In a CNN op-ed, CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar reminds us that when it comes to "gender and racial diversity, Congress remains a work in progress."
The AP and The New York Times  share CAWP data on the record number of women in gubernatorial races: "The candidates include three incumbents, 15 challengers and 22 running for open seats in eight states."
Russell Berman writes in The Atlantic about The White Men's Club Leading America's Largest Cities "In the 15 biggest U.S. cities, all but three mayors are white men, and none are women."
Women in the U.S. Senate - Making their Mark
How Lisa Murkowski Mastered Trump's Washington "The Alaska senator is one of the few Republicans who has gone toe-to-toe with the president - and thrived," writes Susan Dominus in The New York Times Magazine.
Decoding the Electorate
Danielle Kurtzleben explains on NPR What We Mean When We Talk About 'Suburban Women Voters':  "In political speak, the focus on 'suburban women' is often a focus on highly educated, upper-middle-class, often-but-not-always-married white women."

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