February 02, 2021
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Coming up in our Ready to Run® 2021 Virtual Series 
Tara Dowdell and Abigail Gardner
Here's what's coming up in our 2021 Ready to Run® virtual sessions this week and next. As with all sessions in 2021, these are free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors. You can see all future programs in this virtual campaign training series, which runs through March 12th, at our website.

Friday, February 5th at 1pm ET Digital Strategies for Campaigns: Now that campaign operations have been moved mostly online, what are the best strategies for engaging voters? Tara Dowdell leads this session that spotlights the best practices and offers actionable tips for reaching and engaging voters in a virtual world. Register here.

Friday, February 12th at 1pm ET Strategic Campaign Communications: In this session, Abigail Gardner will provide practical tips for preparing yourself to run for office, including developing a unique and persuasive message and improving your digital presence. It will also cover tips for communicating on-camera, connecting through virtual platforms, and adjusting to an evolving news environment. Register here.
Women in Office 2021 
With swearing-in ceremonies in statehouses around the country now complete, as well as the inauguration of Kamala Harris, America's first woman vice president, we've updated our resources about women serving in office in 2021. These resources include our state-by-state interactive map with information about women serving statewide and in state legislative offices in every state, as well as our regularly-updated rankings of states by women's representation in state legislatures. All of this new data is also reflected in the most recent update to the CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a one-of-a-kind searchable tool with entries for each of the more than 11,500 women who have served in state legislative, statewide elected executive, and federal offices from 1893 to the present.
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Amanda Gorman on the Teach a Girl to Lead® Book List
Amanda Gorman
The 2021 Presidential Inauguration was a historic day for many reasons, and a young woman, Amanda Gorman, emerged as a shining star. Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and her inspirational inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," was a timely call to action and moment of healing for the nation.
The 22-year-old poet began her road to Inauguration Day in high school, when she was chosen as youth poet laureate of Los Angeles in 2014, and continued throughout her college career when she was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. Gorman teaches girls to lead by example and creates work that inspires them to do so. She has two forthcoming books that are accessible for young readers: The Hill We Climb: Poems, which includes her historic inaugural poem, and a lyrical picture book, Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, which is illustrated by Loren Long and encourages the next generation of leaders to make a difference in their communities and the world. Both books are featured on CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead® book list, an excellent source for K-12 books that are focused on women's political history and public leadership in the US.

While we wait for Gorman's future run for president of the United States in 2036, we anticipate her continuing to lead through words that galvanize and unite us all.              
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators' Latinas Lead Academy
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
CAWP co-hosted the annual Latinas Lead Academy with the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, which virtually brought together a group of Latinas in state legislatures from around the country. The two-day program included sessions on navigating various stakeholders and networks to achieve successful outcomes, strategies for working towards legislative leadership, advancing a legislative agenda, and an inspirational keynote address from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who discussed the process of working with legislators to accomplish policy goals, the challenges to being taken seriously as a Latina, and why we need more Latinas in public leadership.
Upcoming Eagleton Events 
Barbara Mikulski and Latosha Brown
There are two exciting virtual events coming up this month at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. First, on Wednesday, February 10th at 2pm ET, Eagleton hosts its annual Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs lecture, A Conversation with the Honorable Barbara Mikulski. Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the Senate and in Congress, will visit Eagleton virtually for a conversation exploring the state of our political institutions, her legacy of leadership, and her experiences as "Dean of the Senate Women." Learn more and register here.

On Wednesday, February 17th at 12:30pm ET, and in co-sponsorship with Rutgers Access Week, Rutgers' Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, and Rutgers' Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Eagleton hosts Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder LaTosha Brown as part of Eagleton's Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series. Brown will discuss her story of civic engagement and political empowerment with political strategist Marilyn D. Davis. Learn more and register here.           
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