November 24, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Thank you!
We live in exciting times. Women are running for the highest office in America. Women in Congress have worked across the aisle to break damaging deadlocks. We know, from our own research and the work of others, that women make a difference in the halls of power. CAWP is monitoring these historic developments and keeping journalists, scholars, students and the public informed. In political terms, we're helping to frame the debate.
So in this season of gratitude, we offer a dual thank-you: To the women who step forward to run and serve  and to all those who support CAWP as we track and analyze their progress. Please help us continue that work by giving now

Looking forward
Election Watch
Elections, elections! We've just finished the 2015 contests, and now 2016 races are just around the corner. Our latest footnotes blog post from senior communications officer Kathy Kleeman brings you up to speed on what to watch as women seek congressional and statewide offices.

You'll thank us for Ready to Run® NJ
Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women
Ready to Run® NJ, the flagship program in our national network of non-partisan campaign trainings, is slated for March 18-19, 2016. We have a new schedule that includes our pre-conference Diversity Initiative programs plus even more sessions for those planning to run soon and those just testing the waters. Register now to get the early bird rate and secure your spot!

Thanks in advance for completing the NEW Leadership™ alumnae survey
  NEW Leadership has been around for over two decades, and many of our partner programs around the country have operated for a decade or more, even as new partners join us every year. Now it's time to find out how the program affects those who have participated. NEW Leadership  schools are reaching out to participants to complete a survey that will help us understand how the program works and how it might be even better. If you're a NEW Leadership alumna, please contact the school that presented your program for a link to the survey. Not sure who to ask? Contact Sasha Patterson at CAWP, who will be happy to help you. 

Thanks, Senator Loretta Weinberg...
For including CAWP director Debbie Walsh and Eagleton Institute of Politics director Ruth B. Mandel on your 2015 Women's Power List. It's an impressive, bipartisan roster of women making a difference in and for New Jersey!

Giving special thanks
CAWP is both sad and happy to report that Deanna-Marie Norcross has left her position at CAWP. While it's sad news for us, it is wonderful news for Deanna, who is headed for new work that will allow her to pursue her passion for public policy advocacy. Over the past five years, Deanna has been a dedicated and hard-working member of our staff, and she has done a terrific job coordinating Ready to Run®.  We will miss her greatly, and we hope you will join us in wishing her well in her new endeavors!

Watch CAWP's website for info about hiring a new program coordinator, available starting 11/25. Applications will be accepted only through the online Rutgers HR website.

Thanks in the form of a Presidential Medal
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's extraordinary achievements will be recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as reported by NY1. Chisholm, the first Black woman in Congress, made history with her presidential candidacy in 1972; she campaigned across the country, ultimately winning 152 delegate votes with her uncompromising anti-war, progressive politics. Her book, The Good Fight, chronicles that  campaign. In 2000, Chisholm was the inaugural holder of CAWP's Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership.

CAWP is your resource hub for all things women and politics. Please make a tax deductible gift in honor of our 45th anniversary!

Lack of gender diversity=lack of peak performance
Governing  reports on a study from the  International City/County Management Association that finds that gender diversity leads to better "organizational success" across the public and private sectors. Hence, a call for more women running local governments. What a good idea!
Lack of gender diversity=free rein for good ol' boys
Speaking to reporters including one from the
Sun Herald, Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn thinks more people from his party (GOP) should be elected because those districts that choose their legislators from the minority party (Democrats) aren't part of the conversation. Fair enough - that's how majorities may operate. But then Gunn gets tangled up in gender...
Lack of gender diversity in the White House might change
A HuffPost Women-MAKERS survey discovered that 56% of respondents believe we'll have a woman president in the next decade.
Octogenarian wisdom
The New York Times brought together Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and feminist activist Gloria Steinem for a wide-ranging conversation on the fight for women's rights. And former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum, in
The Wichita Eagle, reminisced about her political career and legacy as she returned to her native Kansas. 


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