October 3, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
April in November

April Ryan
, White House correspondent and CNN political analyst, will deliver the 2017-18 Senator Wynona Lipman LectureThe Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of the White House and Race in America on  Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 pm  in the Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick. Ryan is White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House-a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of two books: the award-winning The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Four Presidents and Race in America and her latest,  At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.  
Basic Training--Across the Country
Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women
CAWP's Ready to Run® National Network partners are gearing up for their state programs. Whatever the location, it's all about non-partisan training to prepare more women to run for public office.  Take a look at our national map to see where Ready to Run® programs happen, building on the model created by CAWP. There are programs coming up in the next few months in Delaware, Northeast Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Dakota, Connecticut, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania.  And Ready to Run® New Jersey returns March 9-10, 2018; details will be available soon.
And More  Basic Training
The Women's Campaign School at Yale is launching WCSYale: the Basics, a new one-day non-partisan campaign training "for women who have newly discovered a passion for politics and need to learn the critical next steps to make the decision to run and launch their political careers." In partnership with the United State of Women and the Democracy Fund, they are kicking off the program in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 14. Get the details and register here.
But Wait, There's More Basic Training!
#RunAsYouAre National Training is a three-day program November 17-19 in Minneapolis. Sponsored by  VoteRunLead , it's designed to help women become powerful leaders in local and state office. There are specialized sessions for rural women leaders, office-specific content, and regional groupings to sustain participants after the training. Find out more here.
Womanpower, Right on Your Wrist
TheCOMPASSProject and CAWP have joined forces to strengthen CAWP's campaign training program, Ready to Run®, and expand it to all 50 states.  To fund this effort, TheCOMPASSProject designed a special collection of hand-crafted True North bracelets. Wear one as a symbol of your support for electing more women.  Give them as gifts to family and friends. They look great on everyone who supports political equality. Order yours here!

They're #1

Which state has the highest proportion of women in its state legislature? Right now it's Arizona, with 40%. (Bottom of the heap? It's Wyoming, with 11.1%.) Read the Arizona specifics from AZcentral.com, including fact-checking by CAWP. And find out where your state ranks on CAWP's Women in State Legislatures 2017 Fact Sheet.
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Who's Family-Friendly?
The Mercury News says that the California legislature is getting more family-friendly, in part because more members have school-age children and, in the words of one woman lawmaker, "You have these guys who are like 'Wait a minute, this is an issue,' because they're seeing it up close." Not yet up to speed, according to Senator Tammy Duckworth on Cosmopolitan.com, are the nation's airports, which need to provide appropriate space for breast-feeding moms. Meanwhile, Detroit Metro Times tells us one Michigan state legislator found, when she brought her two-year-old to a meeting, that some constituents hadn't yet gotten the memo about being family friendly.
Where are the Women?
Not in appointed positions in the current administration, we learn from The Guardian. They tell us that President Trump has chosen men for 80% of nominations so far, making for the "most male-dominated government in decades."
Candidates, Present, Future and Absent
Two women in the U.S. House of Representatives have their eyes on U.S. Senate seats.  Rep. Marcia Blackburn (R-TN) is looking at the seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker, per The Hill, while Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has joined Democrats challenging Sen. Jeff Flake, as reported by azcentral.com. In Boston, women of color have already started to reshape local politics, says WGBH.org. Looking ahead, The New York Times finds Democrats encouraging women to run for state attorney general posts, where women remain scarce. (Look up the numbers on CAWP's fact sheet, Women in Statewide Elective Executive Office 2017.) But ABC News says that Republican women are not rushing to run in the way that Democratic women have in the wake of the 2016 election, citing as one reason a paucity of support systems for Republican women candidates.

They're Already Leaders
Thoughts on two women currently in top leadership roles: Angela Merkel (from Refinery 29) and Nancy Pelosi (from The New York Times). And a conversation with State Rep. Attica Scott, the first Black woman elected to the Kentucky House in almost two decades, who tells  Governing  she's tired of being labeled an "angry Black woman."
Who Decides How Women Vote?
The Guardian fills us in on research by Oregon State University's Prof. Kelsy Kretschmer  confirming a theory espoused by Hillary Clinton--that straight white women are apt to take guidance from their fathers, husbands, boyfriends or male employers about how to vote. "The key distinction, according to Kretschmer's research, is that single women tend to cast votes with the fate of all women in mind, while women married to men vote on behalf of their husbands and families (the study was based on a poll of straight women conducted in 2012, before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, and draws no conclusions about marriages where neither partner is a man)."
No Comment
Sometimes the right comment is no comment at all, at least when it comes to sexist behavior. Examples: The New York Times on the delicate feelings of men in Silicon Valley with regard to women there; a report from CNN and a follow-up opinion piece on a Republican congressman's description of his female colleagues as "eye candy"; news from The Cut about how Senator Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, is being treated in the media.

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