August 18, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

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It's not too late to grab one of the few remaining spots for CAWP's September 18 one-day Ready to Run® seminar, Political Campaign Careers for Women. You'll learn about fast-paced, exciting political careers many people don't even know exist - and find out how a job in politics can be your opportunity to make change. 

Take a tip from our partners
The Ready to Run® Arkansas training this year - a 2 ½ day program held at the Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain - was a tremendous success. One highlight: a showing of the new documentary, NextStep Run!, produced by Pam Maus and also screened at NEW Leadership™ Maine.  Our partners highly recommend the film, which profiles four women running for office, realistically portraying the challenges involved. Ideal viewing for NEW Leadership™, Ready to Run®, or anyone who wants to encourage women to run! 
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Ninety five years ago today,  August 18, 1920 , Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. (The measure won after Harry Burn was convinced to vote yes by a letter from his mother.)  It was officially incorporated into the Constitution on August 26, 1920, now celebrated as Women's Equality Day. Want to learn  more about that pivotal moment in Tennessee? Read The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage by Janann Sherman and and Carol Lynn Yellin. And of course, the best way to honor and celebrate the women who won that right for us is by voting. 
We have work to do

A new Harvard study finds that teens prefer male over female political leaders. However, the researchers note, "The good news is that our data suggests that awareness of gender discrimination at school may be tied to less bias against girls."

Mourning two friends
In recent weeks we have lost two women who meant a lot to CAWP - but more important, who helped to change the face of politics and government. Both were good friends of CAWP, and each will be sorely missed.  

Elsie Hillman was a tireless philanthropist and activist  who made her city of Pittsburgh, the state of Pennsylvania, and the nation better and fostered women's leadership, especially in the GOP. 

Kathy Crotty
, who as executive director of the New Jersey Senate Democrats was the first woman to head one of the legislature's partisan offices, was a pioneer, policy expert, 
and  treasured mentor. 
Women (should) rule
Why should women be in charge of everything? Ask Steven Colbert as he gears up for his new show on CBS.
On the presidential front
The Washington Post's Monkey Cage speculates that Hillary Clinton's running mate will have to be male.   Mic observes that the questions posed to Carly Fiorina in the first GOP debate included "token lady questions." The New York Times says that Fiorina is her party's weapon against the "war on women" label and notes that Clinton's celebrity makes it difficult for her to connect directly with voters.  Want more stories about gender in the presidential race? Bookmark Presidential Gender Watch 2016 and visit often for updates!
Meanwhile, in the Senate...
CBS News reports that women on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Senate are upending the "old boys' club."  Among the words they use to describe their relationships: "trust" and "camaraderie" - terms not often heard in the current Senate.
The U.S. and the U.K.
CAWP senior scholar and professor Susan Carroll was interviewed by Democratic Audit UK, offering her thoughts on women in politics on both sides of the Pond.
Passing on the wisdom
Vermont Transportation Secretary Sue Minter is considering a run for governor. Her mentor, according to according to Seven Days, a Vermont web news site:  Former Governor Madeleine Kunin, the only woman chief executive in the state's history and one of just 37 women governors in the U.S. to date. 

A debt to feminism
Bloomberg Politics parallels Hillary Clinton's career with developments in feminism over the same period. 

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