October 17, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Get Ready for a New N.J.Governor to Appoint More Women
As the New Jersey gubernatorial election nears, CAWP has convened some of the state's most powerful political women to press candidates to agree that they will appoint substantial numbers of women to their transition teams and administrations. Led by a bipartisan Advisory Committee, the Bipartisan Coalition for Women's Appointments (BCWA) has asked to meet with both gubernatorial candidates before the election to stress the urgency of including substantial numbers of women at all levels in the next administration, from cabinet-level positions to the governor's "front office" to part-time boards and commissions. BCWA also aims to educate NJ women about the thousands of state, county, and municipal appointed positions available and has created a "talent bank" for women interested in getting appointed. Want to submit your resume for consideration? Fill out this form.
Are You Ready to Hear April Ryan?
Sign up now, while seats are still available, for The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of the White House and Race in America , with April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN political analyst. She'll deliver this year's Senator Wynona Lipman Lecture in Women's Political Leadership on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm in the Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick.

The event is free and open to the public,
but RSVP is required.  
Ready to Run? Lots of Places to Learn How
Where can women get ready to run by attending partner programs based on CAWP's Ready to Run® non-partisan campaign training? Whether you're in California, Connecticut, or points between, lots of options are available between now and spring 2018. 

Among the upcoming programs are:
Ready to Run® Indiana - October 27-28, 2017
Real Women Run Top of Utah - November 4, 2017
Ready to Run® North Dakota Workshops - November 6, 13, 20, 2017
Ready to Run® Ohio - December 7, 2017
Pipeline to Politics (OK) - January 27, 2018
Ready to Run® Pittsburgh (PA) - January 27, 2018
Ready to Run® Philadelphia (PA) - February 17, 2018
Ready to Run® New Jersey - March 9-10, 2018
Ready to Run® South Dakota - April 13-14, 2018 (details TBD)
Ready to Run® California - April 28, 2018
The list of programs is regularly updated here .
Girls Get Ready to Lead Change
Thousands of girls gathered in Columbus, Ohio for G.I.R.L. 2017 , hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA and led by girls themselves. The event offered inspiration, know-how and tools for empowerment. CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak was a panelist, discussing CAWP's research on the impact of women in office and CAWP's programs to support women and girls in politics, including Teach a Girl to Lead™. Her session included former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former Ohio Chief Justice Yvette McGee Brown, and She Should Run's Emily Liner - all shown here with Girl Scouts gearing up for future leadership roles.
Your Fashion Statement is Ready
Seeking a snazzy new look, or the perfect gift for the person who has almost everything? What you need is the True North Bracelet from TheCompassProject . As seen here on the wrists of former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman (r) and her Whitman Strategy Group partner Jane Kenny, it features a sterling silver compass aimed at True North, set on a wrap-around leather band, to be worn alone or layered. Best of all, 30% of profits go to Ready to Run®, so it's the gift that gets women elected! Order yours here!
Time for More Women in NY Government Already
By the end of 2017, the New York City Council's 51-member body could have fewer than 10 female representatives, a sharp drop from 18 women in 2009. What will it take to reverse this trend? In the Halls of Power: Women and the Future of New York Politics will present a distinguished panel of veteran and current New York politicians to discuss their visions and strategies for getting -- and keeping -- women in public office locally, regionally, and nationally.  The event will take place Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, in connection with the museum's new exhibition,  Beyond Suffrage: A  Century of New York Women in Politics .  A reception and exhibition viewing will follow. Register online at mcny.org/suffrage , and use the code VOTE for discounted tickets.
Women's voices change the agenda! Help us point more women toward political participation---  m ake a contribution to CAWP today!  Thank you.  
Aiming for Office
The latest woman tapped to join the Trump administration is Kirstjen Nielsen, named to head the Department of Homeland Security, as reported by NPR . She'll need Senate confirmation before replacing John Kelly, who left DHS to become White House chief of staff. Meanwhile, on the electoral side, two women of color are facing off in the race for mayor of New Orleans, and one will become that city's first woman mayor, as we learn from The Times-Picayune . Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is running for re-election, per The Hill. Seeking to join her in the Senate is Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, according to The Tennessean . The crowded race for governor of Maryland is getting another woman, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, says The Baltimore Sun.  Essence highlights five Black women to watch, and northjersey.com tells us that more women are running for office in New Jersey, both in 2017's state legislative elections and in 2018 congressional races.
Not Running
Maine Senator Susan Collins has decided not to run for governor of Maine, but to stay in the Senate, says Politico . Representative Carol Shea-Porter, who has been in and out of the House representing New Hampshire since 2012, will not seek another term, according to Roll Call.
Wisdom from Women Who've Been There
From Cosmopolitan's How to Run for Office treasure trove, we get tips from experts on (what else?) how to run for office and thoughts from Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , who will retire after 2018 as the dean of Republican congresswomen. From Vogue , there's a chat with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about politics, feminism, and her (presidential?) future. The Hill  tells us that Minnesota's senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, often gets identified as the wife of Minnesota's junior senator. Cleveland.com starts a series of interviews with political women by talking with Representative Marcy Kaptur, currently the longest-serving woman in the House. Washington DC City Council member Brianne Nadeau tells Fox5DC about being the first woman to give birth while serving there. Roll Call takes five with Senator Tammy Duckworth. In Politico , Hillary Clinton has a lot to say on her book tour; she issues a warning about the "double standard" future female presidential candidates - e.g. Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren - are likely to face, should they run. And, on the other side of the world, The New York Times  reports on Liberian women who fear the end of a peaceful period as their female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps down and a man succeeds her.
Survey Says...
As part of its How to Run for Office collection of articles (many of which are linked in today's ICYMI), Cosmopolitan conducted a survey and found that "women between the ages of 18 and 34 were about equally likely to say the 2016 election made them less likely to run for office as they were to say the election inspired them to run. Eighteen percent of young women said the election made them less likely to run, while 16 percent said the election made them more likely to run."  See what else the magazine found in its survey here.
Depressing, but true, stories from CNN , The Washington Post , and National Geographic .

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