April 25, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Our Future Leaders
Elected women continue to head into classrooms with If I Were President , the book sent to them by CAWP's Teach a Girl to Leadâ„¢ . Kids hear a great story - and meet a woman leader! The latest lawmaker to read to students in her district was Montana State Representative Ellie Hill Smith, who shared her experience in a USA Today commentary.  The effect of Smith's visit was immediate and powerful, judging from the 8-year-old who sent her a note afterward saying, "You made me feel special. I am going to run for office too, just like you!"
The New Normal? Women, Media, and Politics: A Conversation with Media Leaders
How did gender and ideas about women and power shape the 2016 election and the discourse that followed it? NPR's Michel Martin will moderate a conversation with journalists Rebecca Traister and Farai Chideya about these questions on Thursday, April 27 as this year's Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture, presented by the Institute for Women's Leadership Consortium and co-sponsored by CAWP. Details and registration are here .

A Joy-Ful Event 
Eagleton Institute director Ruth B. Mandel, Joy Reid, and CAWP director Debbie Walsh.
Truth and Consequences: What We Know and Why it Matters was the title of the thought-provoking lecture by MSNBC's Joy Reid under the auspices of the Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership . If you missed it, you can watch here.

In spring, we admire beautiful green things--like fresh contributions to CAWP's important work. Please help us plant the seeds of women's political leadership. Thank you!   
What Women Want Now
In 2005, Democratic pollster Celinda Lake and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway joined forces to publish a book, What Women Really Want: How American Women are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live. Now Conway is a top White House aide, and Ms. Magazine  checks in with Lake for her thoughts on where we stand today.
Back on the Ballot?
2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is considering a bid for the U.S. Senate from Virginia, where she now lives; The Hill  reports that she plans to decide after November. (As a California resident in 2010, Fiorina lost her Senate bid against incumbent Barbara Boxer.)
As She Was Saying When She Was So Rudely Interrupted...
A new study by scholars at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law shows that women on the Supreme Court (not unlike women in general) are interrupted far more frequently than their male colleagues. The New York Times  has the sorry specifics.
Breaking News: Women Legislate Distinctively
Echoing CAWP's message of more than 40 years, an op-ed in The New York Times  mentions ways women lawmakers do their jobs differently.
More Breaking News: Women Prepare More than Men
Politico is checking in with powerful women in its "Women Rule" podcast. In this edition, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao notes that women are generally better prepared than their male colleagues. Chao offers insights from her many years of experience in four different presidential administrations.
Yet Another Shocker: Americans Don't Like Men (Alone) Making Decisions About Women
The Washington Post's "Monkey Cage"  presents survey research showing that "Citizens don't like all-male panels" of decision-makers.

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