December 12, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
The End of an Era
All of us at CAWP are trying to adjust to a new reality -- Kathy Kleeman, who has been a member of the CAWP team for 37 years, is retiring at the end of the year. She arrived in New Jersey in 1980 to join the CAWP staff, and, happily for all of us, she never left. Kathy has had a hand in every aspect of CAWP's work during her tenure, and everything we do has been better because of her enormous contributions. She has been at the heart of our work, from our conferences for women state legislators to the development of the NEW Leadership™ program, Pathways to Politics for Girl Scouts, and our media and press outreach, to name just a few examples. You may not realize it, but you have come to depend on Kathy almost as much as we have, as she is the person who has brought this newsletter to your inbox since 2012. This is her last edition of News and Notes, and we apologize ahead of time for what we anticipate will be a precipitous drop in the cleverness of  future edition headlines! We wish Kathy all the best in the next chapter of her life, including travel across the country, Cayamo cruises, lots of live music, and visits to multiple baseball stadiums. Kathy, we love you and will miss you every day.
They're Ready to Run; Shouldn't You Be? 
Created by Daniel Donner for Daily Kos Elections.

Record numbers of women are stepping up to run for office, according to CAWP data analyzed by CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar in  A Closer Look: Women Candidates in Election 2018, One Year from Election Day. If you want to know why, check out some of the articles in the "Women Running" section of ICYMI below - or contemplate the emerging stories about sexual harassment and assault described in "Harassment Watch," also in ICYMI below. Or just ask  former President Barack Obama why he thinks more women should run.
Are you motivated too? Then lace up your running shoes and attend a Ready to Run® campaign training program, where you can find out about running for office, working on campaigns, getting appointed to office, or just understanding the political system.   Ready to Run® NJ - including three Diversity Initiative programs for women of color - will take place March 9-10, 2018 in New Brunswick; you can  register right now and get the early bird discounted rate. Or if you're in another state, see what  our Ready to Run® partners around the country have to offer. 

Don't Want to Run? Get Appointed! 
New Jersey's new governor will make appointments to more than 500 boards and commissions with more than 3,000 slots. CAWP and the Women's Political Caucus of NJ want to make sure women are prominently represented among those appointees, so we co-convened a half-day training to demystify the appointments process. Almost 200 participants heard from bipartisan panels of former gubernatorial appointment directors and current and former members of gubernatorial administrations. Learn about CAWP's Bipartisan Coalition for Women's Appointments here
The Holiday Gift that Supports Political Equality

That would be the True North bracelet, an original compass medallion design created by TheCompassProject that can be worn alone or layered. What's so special about this bracelet? 30% of the profits support Ready to Run®. The bracelet is now available in three styles: sterling silver medallion on black leather ($49); gold-toned bronze medallion on rustic brown leather ($45); gold-toned bronze medallion on red striped cotton band ($39). Buy yours today!
See You Next Year!
This is the last edition of CAWP News & Notes for 2017. Look for us in your inbox on January 9, 2018. Meanwhile, as you make your year-end gifts, remember to support CAWP, your source for all things women and politics!

The Big Picture
CAWP director Debbie Walsh joined Ohio State University's Professor Wendy Smooth and Debbie Johnson, Upper Arlington City Council President and Mayor for a conversation about women in politics on Ohio Public Radio. You can listen here.
Women Running
Among those throwing their hats in the ring for 2018 races: suburban women in Illinois, according to the Daily Herald ; Alexandra Chandler, a transgender woman in Massachusetts, per NPR;  Rep. Paulette Jordan, a Native American lawmaker in Idaho who wants to be that state's governor, as reported in The Spokesman-Review; North Carolina women seeking legislative seats as mentioned in The News & Observer; and several South Carolina women who might run for lieutenant governor, according to The State.  Women are also prominent among Minnesotans who might replace Sen. Al Franken, says the Star-Tribune.
Women Who Won
With 2017 elections completed, winners include: Preet Didbal, reportedly the first Sikh woman mayor in the country, per HuffPost and The Sacramento Bee ; Keisha Lance Bottoms, whom The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls the new mayor of Atlanta (although her opponent has called for a recount); Utah women, who made gains but still hold only a quarter of local offices there, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Washington State had many women winners, including 38 women mayors, per Crosscut , and Seattle's new mayor, Jenny Durkan, whose swearing-in was covered by CNN. The Stranger goes so far as to call Seattle's leadership a matriarchy. And in California, a different kind of winner: The Los Angeles Times reports that Sen. Toni Atkins won the votes of her colleagues to become the first woman leader of the California State Senate.
Harassment Watch
The new national focus on sexual harassment, as embodied by Time magazine's Person of the Year, has made a big impact on the political world. Among the varied takes: The New York Times highlights the particular issues for women lobbyists; The Hill cites concerns of women in national security; The Christian Science Monitor looks at charges of harassment in state legislatures;  Roll Call says that more than 50 Democratic women in Congress have asked for an investigation into charges of sexual misconduct against President Trump, and in The New York Times, Secretary of State Nikki Haley says the accusations against Trump should be heard; and The Washington Post asked Alabama women why they supported Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of the accusations against him.
Many of the stories address the resignation of Sen. Al Franken after charges of inappropriate behavior. Mashable , CNN, and  The Hill  focus on the role of women in the Senate in pushing Franken to resign. Rantt and Mic describe gender bias among journalists (including Matt Lauer, accused of predatory behavior), particularly in their coverage of Hillary Clinton.

News from Abroad
The Guardian reports from Iceland that people there believe electing more women benefits women and families. Perhaps we could try that experiment in the U.S.? The Ms. blog asks "Why does the U.S. rank 22 nd globally in women's wellbeing?" Perhaps the first article cited in this paragraph would help to answer the question. Women's leadership will be on full display in Davos at the 2018 World Economic Forum, where all seven co-chairs will be women, according to Quartz at Work.
In Case You Wondered...
The New York Times' "Upshot" tells us that a survey finds that men and women say they're more different than similar.
Still Room for Progress in Our Own State
New Jersey Spotlight summarizes the status of women in public office in New Jersey; despite some bright spots in the 2017 elections, the word "scarce" figures appropriately in the discussion.
And Then There's This...
If you were reporting from a historic meeting of women leaders discussing gender equality, would you focus on one of the few men there? Apparently The New York Times thought that would be a good idea.  Meanwhile, Dana Nessel, a Democrat running for attorney general in Michigan, found a unique way to emphasize the difference a woman can bring to public office, as reported in HuffPost.

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