March 05, 2019
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Celebrate Women's History Month with the CAWP Archives 
March is Women's History Month, and CAWP is spending the month sharing interesting facts and data from our archives. Curious to know about women politicians, voters, and activists through history? Want to know about the women making history right now? Follow CAWP on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and see highlights from our vast store of information. Or, if you're feeling impatient, explore our website and find the fun facts that interest you. With the 2020 presidential election gearing up to be a thrilling one for women and politics, why not start with our historical timeline of women and the presidency? We guarantee you'll learn something.   
Women are making history in American politics.

Help us keep track of it all.
Ready or Not, Here We Come
We're only 10 days away from the 2019 flagship Ready to Run® conference in New Jersey. Get training on how to form a clear political identity and how to communicate that identity via public speaking, press relations, and digital media. Learn about the nuts and bolts of party politics and fundraising. In addition, special preconference programs designed to encourage women of color to join the political process, Rising Stars, Run Sister Run , and Elección Latina, will feature Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver as their keynote speaker. Whether you're dipping a toe in the water or taking the plunge, Ready to Run® will give you the skills, information, and networking opportunities to make your play. Spaces are going fast - register now to get your spot!

Get Ready to Literally Run
CAWP is excited to once again join in the Courage to Run 5k as a partner, alongside many other organizations that promote women's deeper political engagement. The run will be held in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 13th, but if you can't make the trip, you can also hold a virtual run in your own community and get all the same swag--just be sure to tag your run on social media with the official hashtag, #CouragetoRun5K. Get registered and get ready to run, but, in this case, you'll be literally running for five kilometers.
CAWP is Hiring!
There's so much data right now about women's political participation that we're hiring a Research Project Coordinator to join our team. We're looking for someone with a strong background in data collection, organization, and analysis who has a deep understanding of women and U.S. politics, particularly in regards to candidates and officeholders, and a Master's degree in Political Science, Women and Gender Studies, Public Policy, and/or Public Administration or a related field. Does this sound like you? Apply now!

The Next Generation of Women Leaders Begins with You 
CAWP's political education program for college-aged women, NEW Leadership TM, is accepting applications for its 2019 flagship summer institute in New Jersey. The six-day residential program, held in June in New Brunswick, is open to rising juniors and seniors of New Jersey four-year colleges and universities, as well as all students in two-year institutions. Participants deepen their political knowledge and engagement through hands-on workshops and opportunities to meet and learn from successful women leaders. Apply Now!

"Wait. No fair," you say, "I don't live or go to school in New Jersey. Sad!" GOOD NEWS! The NEW Leadership TM National Network of participating educational institutions hosts programs modeled on CAWP's original institute in states across the country. Find a program near you today.
Power Play
Last week, CAWP hosted its annual Women of Power Networking Reception at Marsilio's Kitchen in Trenton, with people from across the state and the political spectrum coming together to support CAWP's educational initiatives, including Ready to Run® and NEW Leadership TM. Attendees heard from CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, and Senator Shirley Turner about the historic gains of 2018 and the power and potential of women in New Jersey state politics. Feeling that FOMO? Don't miss out on Women of Power 2020 and, remember, it's never too late to support CAWP's educational mission.

The Great Race 

With six women currently seeking the presidency, there are a lot of interesting stories to watch in the press. Marie Claire has a piece interviewing the five officeholders in the race, Senators Warren, Gillibrand, Harris, and Klobuchar, as well as Representative Gabbard. Samantha Schmidt of The Washington Post spoke to CAWP's Kelly Dittmar for a story about the ways that the women running for president are leaning into their experiences as mothers, when traditional wisdom had discouraged women candidates from talking about motherhood. Politico has a story about the Harris campaign staffing up and women of color serving in more than a dozen senior roles.

The Klobuchar Chronicles continue to unfold in the national press, with both Michael A. Cohen (NOT THAT MICHAEL COHEN) of The Boston Globe and Bret Stephens in The New York Times writing about Klobuchar's managerial shortcomings. Would a story about a demanding boss have made national headlines were the candidate a man? Would the story continue to unfold over the course of a month, eclipsing all other coverage of the candidate? These are key questions for watchers of women in politics. Meanwhile, dozens of former Klobuchar staffers have signed an open letter attesting that their positive experiences working for Klobuchar weren't properly accounted for in coverage of the candidate.

Speaking of how candidates are covered, both The New York Times and Politico had stories out last week about Kamala Harris starting strong on the campaign trail and making an impression, while also being unprepared for the sorts of specific policy questions that come up on the trail.

That 2018 Feeling 

The 2018 election continues to reverberate, and Rolling Stone features a handful of the big winners of the midterms on the cover of its "Women Shaping the Future" issue, and interviews House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jahana Hayes, and Ilhan Omar for the piece. MSNBC interviewed Kelly Dittmar for a story about how the successes of 2018 are already inspiring women to run in 2019 and beyond, while, also on the inspiration beat, The Washington Post writes about the surge in political activism from young women since the 2016 election. With all that inspiration floating around, you just know someone would put a price tag on it, and MarketWatch talked to Dittmar about the cottage industry of AOC swag that's sprung up in the wake of the charismatic young leader's rise to Congress.

Chicago Style

Big news out of the Windy City: their next mayor will be the first Black woman to lead Chicago. As reported in The Chicago Tribune, former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle advanced from the February 26th election and will face each other in a runoff in April. When either Lightfoot or Preckwinkle assumes office in May, Chicago will become the largest city in United States history to be led by a Black woman. This brings to eight the number of the top 100 cities in the US that will be led by a Black woman...another record! A full list of women serving as mayors of the country's 100 largest cities can be found here.

Jersey Made

Meanwhile, right here in New Jersey and just in time for Women's History Month, U.S. Representative Andy Kim (NJ-03) has sponsored new legislation that would prohibit interference of voter registration efforts, and Kim has named the bill in honor of New Jersey's own Alice Paul. Paul was a suffragist, activist, and political prisoner whose work leading the Congressional Committee in the campaign to enact the 19th Amendment was critical to its ratification. Learn about Kim's legislation at Insider NJ and about the life and work of Alice Paul from the Alice Paul Institute.
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