September 23, 2014
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

November's Numbers

With all primaries completed (except in Louisiana, where November's Election Day is Primary Day, with runoffs where no candidate gets a majority), the 2014 ballots are set. 

Clearly, this is NOT the year of the woman - at no level have we exceeded, or even matched, a previous record number of candidates. Read CAWP's press release on the upcoming elections here. And find all the candidate details here for Congress and statewide offices, and here for state legislatures. 

October's Skill-Builder

You can still register for the October 16 Ready to Run´┐Ż workshop, Political Fundraising Made Simple, led by fundraiser/trainer Nancy Bocskor. Don't miss this chance to learn how to:

  • Build a functioning fundraising operation;
  • Ask for money, even if you hate to
  • Use storytelling to build personal relationships
  • Put together a powerful finance team
  • Plan fundraising events that actually raise money.

This interactive workshop is limited to 30 participants. The $75 fee includes materials and refreshments. 

Questions? Check with Deanna-Marie Norcross (; 732/932-9384, ext. 223)

The Difference in Diversity

David Wasserman in Five Thirty Eight Politics highlights the diversity gap now -- and the likely greater gap post-2014 midterm elections -- between the two parties in Congress, with the GOP caucus far more white and male than the Democratic side.


One Way to Get More GOP Women

Politico focuses on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and her efforts, in collaboration with some of her Republican women colleagues in the House, to raise big bucks for newcomers seeking to join them on Capitol Hill.


Breaking the 20% Barrier?

Drawing on CAWP data, Time hypothesizes that this could be the year that women - more than half the U.S. population - finally grab 20 percent or more of Congress.  Philip Bump of The Washington Post, in The Fix, elaborates on the same point with some historical context.  Right now, Senate membership is 20 percent female (20/100) but the House lags at 18.2 percent (79/435, not including non-voting delegates). A net increase of 8 seats, for a total of 107 women in Congress (House and Senate combined) would hit that 20 percent benchmark.


For Junkies Only

Political junkies, that is...CAWP's Professor Susan Carroll talked politics on NPR's Ken Rudin's Political Junkie, addressing the prospects for women's votes in November.


Guess Who Likes the Idea of Women Candidates?

Hillary Clinton, that's who, per The Wall Street Journal. But she still isn't commenting on her own plans with regard to becoming one. 


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