October 31, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Scary NJ County Report Card: Still Failing to Elect More Women
Most New Jersey counties continue to draw poor to mediocre grades for their efforts to elect women as freeholders and mayors, but do somewhat better in electing women to local councils. Mercer County sits at the head of the class overall, while Warren County seems to need remedial work. And regardless of which party's candidate wins, Morris County will boast a majority of women on its Board of Chosen Freeholders after the 2017 election, since women are on both parties' tickets to join three incumbent women who are not up for re-election. CAWP compiled 2017 data on both numbers and percentages of women freeholders, mayors and council members in New Jersey's 21 counties; detailed tables present the mostly uninspiring findings. Read the full press release and see the tables here .

Learn the Tricks of Running for Office at Ready to Run® NJ
Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women
It's that time of year - time to register for Ready to Run® NJ! Last year, CAWP's campaign training program filled up well in advance, so make sure you're not left behind and take advantage of the early bird registration rate right now. What can you learn at our a bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system? 
  • Practical "how-tos" for candidates
  • Real world advice and best practices from the experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • The ins and outs of New Jersey politics
  • Campaigning in a digital age.
Three pre-program Diversity Initiative sessions address the interests of women of color:
Find out more here, and then sign up today!

Don't Miss This Treat - RSVP Now to See April Ryan
Here's an event you won't want to miss: April Ryan speaking about The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of the White House and Race in America on Thursday, November 16. Ryan, who reports from the White House for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN political analyst, has recently been honored by the Women's Media Center and the National Association of Black Journalists. Don't delay; you must RSVP to get your seat. Get the details and sign up here.

The event is free and open to the public,
but RSVP is required.  
Who You Gonna Call? Not Ghostbusters, but...
Do you have a question for CAWP? Information you'd like to share? Are you looking for ways to support the work of the Center? Here's who to contact:
What's That Knocking Sound? Must Be Opportunity 
New research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation explains why now is a great time for women to run and serve.  Read their report, Opportunity Knocks: Now is the Time for Women Candidates, to get the details. 
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree: Former CAWP Intern Shaping Future Leaders 
CAWP is so proud of Toni Gingerelli, a former CAWP intern and recent Rutgers graduate! Toni created WE WILL LEAD as an undergrad, aiming " to help middle school girls see themselves as leaders in their communities now and in the future." The program hosts daylong conferences introducing middle school girls to the field of politics and government with a focus on leadership development, including exposure to women leaders in politics and emphasis on the model of women supporting women/girls supporting girls and development of self-confidence.   The first conference was held in March 2017. The program  was selected for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Conference, where Toni joined other young people committed to action. Since graduating, Toni has joined  Representation 2020  in Washington, DC, continuing her commitment to expand women's political representation.
 Toni says, "A ddressing gender bias and the confidence-gap with young girls at an early age, particularly middle school, can play an important role in improving the number of women in politics in the future. As an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate and a student involved in many of CAWP's initiatives while at Rutgers, I learned about the importance of diverse representation in politics and gained the confidence to do my part in trying to tackle some of society's most difficult issues.  My experience at Eagleton helped inspire the creation of my program."
 Find out more about WE WILL LEAD here.
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Women Get it Together
Around the country, women are preparing to run for office, often with the support and encouragement of other women. Marie Claire surveyed potential candidates to find out what makes them tick. Voice of America presents a set of reports about women moving into electoral politics. SF Gate highlights women whose personal stories fuel their passion to run. ABC News introduces gun control activists who hope to pursue their advocacy as elected officials. The Huffington Post  wonders whether 2017 might be the Year of the Black Woman Mayor. The Texas Tribune talks to Republican women at their Texas state convention. CityandStateNY.com addresses some of the challenges New York women encounter as they pursue fair representation in government. And The New York Times checks in from the Women's Convention in Detroit.
We're Not Shocked
The Washington Post surprises no one with research from The Reflective Democracy Campaign study showing that "Despite changing demographics, the political playing field still tilts toward white men." And Reuters  cites Office of Personnel Management data to show that mid-level appointees in the current administration are mostly white and male. 
Harassment Watch
Recent events have placed sexual harassment in the headlines, and stories about political women are in the mix. The Huffington Post features stories from women in the U.S. Senate, while Governing approaches the story from state legislatures.
Leaders Don't Look Like They Used To
Fortune introduces us to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's third woman prime minister and, at 37,  the youngest leader of that nation since 1856. The New York Times features three female practitioners of statecraft without feeling the need to focus on their gender. 

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