June 26, 2019
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.

Historic Presidential Primary Debate TONIGHT
For the first time in history, more than one woman will take the  stage at a  presidential primary debate when six women candidates participate in the  two-part opening Democratic debate tonight (6.26) and tomorrow (6.27).
Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Tulsi Gabbard will appear in the night  one lineup, while Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Marianne Williamson  appear on night two.

Need a debate primer? At The Washington Post, Debbie Walsh and Kelly Dittmar
write about the ways women, and men, will navigate gender as they manage the delicate optics of a political debate. Also on WaPo, Dittmar appears in an explainer
video about gender in the debate setting. On Twitter we outline what we'll be
watching for at the debate, and on Medium, Dittmar expands on this viewer's guide
in greater detail.

Need a debate buddy? We'll be live-tweeting during the debate using the hashtag #GenderLens2020 and #WomenRun2020. Log on to Twitter, pull up our account, and let us know what you think of this historic debate moment by tweeting with #GenderLens2020 and #WomenRun2020.

Want to get to know the candidates ahead of this week's debate? Check out this interactive feature from The New York Times with responses to 18 questions from
21 of the Democratic candidates.
State of the Race for U.S. House: 2020
We're halfway through 2019 and starting to form a picture of what the 2020 elections will look like for the U.S. House at our 2020 Candidates: The Buzz site at Election Watch. Compared to this point in the 2018 midterms (June 26, 2017), there are slightly more women candidates running in 2020, with a total of 238 potential House candidates so far next year, as opposed to 227 in 2017. The number of non-incumbent potential candidates, however, was 148 in June of 2017, compared to 138 in this cycle. For Democratic women, gains made in the 2018 midterms translate to more incumbent women running in 2020 (88) compared to June of 2017 (61), but there are fewer non-incumbent women Democrats contemplating runs this year (90) than in 2017 (129). For Republicans, recruitment efforts spearheaded by GOP women like Elise Stefanik, Susan Brooks, and Ann Wagner may be showing signs of paying off. At this point in 2017, only 37 total, and 19 non-incumbent, Republican women were listed as potential candidates in the midterms, while this year 60 women, and 48 non-incumbents, are considering U.S. House runs. Despite this encouraging movement, it should be noted, potential Democratic women candidates still nearly triple the number of GOP women considering a House run.

Trail Ride
For Politico  , Democratic media consultant Jennifer Burton writes about the impacts of new DCCC rules that blacklist consultants working with challengers in Democratic primaries. These rules protecting incumbency, it has been argued, have the potential to shut out women and minority candidates, as white males are still a large plurality of incumbents. Burton argues that it also has the potential to hinder the rise of women and minorities in the overwhelmingly white, male political consultant industry. 
While we're talking challengers, Roll Call reports that Jessica Cisneros is mounting a challenge in the Democratic primary for Texas's 28th congressional district against Henry Cuellar...who she interned for while in college. The Washington Post takes an early look at the 2020 Senate race in Iowa, where one potential Democratic challenger to Senator Joni Ernst, Theresa Greenfield, is a fellow pig farmer, and examines how the two women exemplify the double-bind women candidates face.

Representative Susan Brooks of Indiana, meanwhile, announced that she will not seek re-election in 2020, according to The Indianapolis Star, though she will retain her recruitment position in the NRCC for this cycle. Brooks is one of only 13 GOP women currently in the House, and, without her incumbent status, that seat may prove difficult to hold for Republicans. That answer may come in the form of Brooks's chief of staff, Megan Savage. Savage, like Jessica Cisneros in Texas, is contemplating a run for her boss's seat, per Politico.

In the near term, the run-off for the special election for North Carolina's 3rd congressional district is just two weeks away, and, according to Roll Call, it's turned into a microcosm of a debate going on within in the Republican Party. On one side are the forces supporting a drive to elevate women candidates and expand the demographic profile of the party, and they're backing pediatrician Joan Perry. Meanwhile, for the GOP's right-wing Freedom Caucus, the race hinges on support for conservative policies and President Trump, and they've thrown their support behind state Rep. Greg Murphy. This is one to watch.
The race is on.
Help CAWP's mission in 2020 and beyond. 
CAWP Welcomes New Staffer Claire Gothreau
CAWP is delighted to announce an expansion of our data and analysis team with the hire of Dr. Claire Gothreau as a research associate. Claire comes to CAWP from Temple University in Philadelphia where she recently received a Ph.D. in political science; her research interests are in American politics with a focus on gender and political philosophy. She was also the assistant director of the Behavioral Foundations Lab, where she specialized in the collection of physiological data. At CAWP, Claire will contribute to ongoing research and data collection projects and is currently working on data analysis related to a project on gender and the 2018 midterm election.

The Warren Report
Emily Bazelon of The New York Times follows Elizabeth Warren on the trail through the period when she began methodically rolling out a series of detailed policy proposals and Warren's concomitant rise in the polls, making for a great profile of the candidate. Also on the NYT, Sabrina Tavernise looks back to Warren's childhood in Oklahoma, as well as her early adulthood, and shows how her experiences as a woman growing up in mid-20th-century America molded her into the politician, and presidential candidate, she is today.

The New Yorker, meanwhile, tracks the career evolution of Senator Warren over time, as a professor and bankruptcy expert, and how her exposure to the workings of Washington as an outsider drove her political ambitions and desire to fight for her ideas about economic justice.

Who Run the World?  
  1. Senators in the newly-formed, perhaps facetiously-named, "Efficiency Caucus," a bipartisan group of legislators devoted to making sure that 10-minute votes actually take 10 minutes, by cajoling their sluggish colleagues to get their votes in rather than dawdling. [Roll Call]
  2. The U.S. Women's National Team, whose successes in the World Cup (they're heading into the quarterfinals after their most recent victory) have sparked renewed interest about equal pay legislation. The UWNT has been engaged in a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation because women players are paid less than their male counterparts and WAIT A SECOND WHY AREN'T THE WOMEN PAID MORE HAS THE U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION NEVER WATCHED U.S. SOCCER??? [The Hill

Voices Carry

Pacific Standard  wrote about Rep. Pramila Jayapal's recent op-ed  on her life-and-death abortion decision and how women's representation is particularly critical because their voices on this and other issues reshape the way we see how political policy affects our personal lives. As Jean Sinzdak tells reporter Francie Diep, "Of course, women are the ones who have postpartum depression and can talk about it...When you have people with different experiences and perspectives, it shows in the issues that they talk about and the issues that they care about, and this is just one example of that playing out in real time."

Father's Day

It was Father's Day last week and a couple of outlets took the opportunity to examine fatherhood on the campaign trail. A number of 2020 presidential candidates are fathers to young children, but Stephanie Akin of  Roll Call notes that they aren't receiving the same sorts of questions about juggling parenthood and politics that women candidates regularly face. Lisa Lerer at The New York Times notes, however, that the men in the race are bringing fatherhood front and center in their own campaigns in how they relate to voters and communicate policy priorities. With fatherhood, and the visible performance of fatherhood, seen as asset on the presidential campaign trail, we're a little curious: what do you expect the reaction would be if a woman candidate released an ad or appeared at an event toting a child in a Baby Bjorn? How would that go over?

Also, in the NYT interactive mentioned above, several of the men running for president, when asked who their personal hero answered with their wife. Which is...sweet? Simone Landon of the NYT noted on Twitter that the men frequently picked women as their personal heroes, but rarely as their political heroes, and Monica Hesse at The Washington Post examined that absence in greater detail. For our part, we asked our Twitter followers who their women political heroes are. Join the conversation .
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