March 1, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Super Tuesday News
We don't yet know what will happen, but we know where to tune in for smart analysis--WHYY Radio's Radio Times , hosted by Marty Moss-Coane. Among the guests will be CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar , who will assess the election results along with Villanova's Matt Kerbel  and Swarthmore's Ben Berger . If you're not within radio range, you can listen online .
New at Ready to Run
® -- but sign up fast! 
Ready to Run
Space is filling up for this year's Ready to Run® NJ , so now's the time to register for the March 18-19 campaign training! If you're not ready to run yourself, but eager to engage in political campaigns, you'll want to attend "Political Campaign Careers for Women," a new addition to the Ready to Run® NJ  agenda this year. Campaign strategist Eva Campbell will offer an overview of opportunities for getting involved in campaigns at every level and advice on how to build on those experiences. Also new for Ready to Run® NJ  this year: Francesca Dulce Larson of Mosaic Strategies offering an overview of "Internet Strategies for Candidates, Campaigns and Advocates." She'll discuss best practices and give practical tips on how to get started or enhance your online presence. And those are just two of the sessions in a packed two-day agenda that includes information-rich plenaries plus two breakout tracks: "I'm Ready to Run, Now What?" and " I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But..." See the entire agenda here . Click below to register!  
NEW Leadership™ wants you!
If you're a college student in New Jersey - or a New Jerseyan enrolled in college elsewhere - you're eligible for NEW Leadership™ NJ, a fantastic opportunity to meet inspiring women leaders and learn how to be an effective issue advocate. Participants in the six-day residential program hear from established women leaders, meet like-minded peers, and participate in hands-on, skills-building workshops. There is no charge to participating students, but their institutions are asked to pay $500 per student. NEW Leadership™ graduates have gone on to run for public office and work with advocacy organizations, on local and national campaigns and even on Capitol Hill. The program takes place June 9-14 on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. Details and online application are available hereAnd listen to CAWP director Debbie Walsh talking about the program here.    
New CAWP staffer
CAWP welcomes Nisa Sheikh, the new program coordinator for Ready to Run®,  NEW Leadership™ and other CAWP programs. She will assist with logistics, planning and on-site support, and also work on web content, infographics and social media. Prior to coming to CAWP, Nisa worked as a paralegal case handler at the Legal Aid Society's homeless rights project and also as an advocate at Manavi , a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to ending all forms of violence against South Asian women. Nisa received her B.A. in political science and international relations from Seton Hall University in 2010. She has always been passionate about women's issues and an advocate for diversity in politics.

News of CAWP coast to coast
Last week, CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar  traveled north of the border to speak at the University of Quebec at Montreal's conference, "Who Will Succeed Obama?," where Canadian and U.S. scholars discussed the U.S. presidential primaries and their impact on Canada and Que bec. The next day, she spoke to audiences at five U.S. consulates across Canada (Montreal, Ontario, Halifax, Vancouver, and Calgary) about women in U.S. politics, evaluating their status and influence, and the outlook for 2016. 
CAWP director Debbie Walsh was the keynote speaker at a January training in Salt Lake City, UT for Real Women Run , the newest partner in the Ready to Run® National Network. Walsh also spoke on a panel, Political Gender Watch 2016, for the Women's Funding Alliance in Seattle. CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak presented on the Grace for President Reading Day, a project of CAWP's Teach a Girl to LeadTM initiative, to women legislators at Women in Government's Annual State Directors' Conference in Tampa, FL.
At the "Running and Winning" program presented by the League of Women Voters, the Junior League, Hadassah and AAUW in Monmouth County, while students from area high schools - after meeting with local political women -- brainstormed about testimony they might deliver to a school board, senior communications officer Kathy Kleeman brainstormed with their teachers about ways to employ a "gender lens" and bring examples of women's leadership into the classroom.  She will also join a March 2 community conversation sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area: "Learning to Lead: How Can We Encourage Young Women to Become Actively Involved in Our Democracy?" 
She knows the news
CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson will address a truly timely topic - "Race, Gender and the 2016 Election" - when she gives the Senator Wynona Lipman Lecture in Women's Political Leadership . The date is Wednesday, April 20, the time 7:00 pm. Get the details and register here .
New report of interest
Wondering how women are faring in the 13 southern states and the District of Columbia? Get the details in The Status of Women in the South , produced by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The first report to provide a comprehensive portrait on the status of women, and particularly women of color, in the southern states, it grades each state in six topic areas related to women's economic, political, health, and social status .
All the election news
A reminder that you can keep up with the presidential race on Presidential Gender Watch 2016 . And for up-to-date details on congressional and statewide races, check back regularly with CAWP's Election Watch .
Why do women have to look perfect?
In The New York Times , Julia Baird muses on Sarah Palin's mustache and other imperfections in the appearances of political women.
Who's on the road to leadership? Work horses, not show horses
That has been the formula for Joyce Peppin, Minnesota's Republican house majority leader. The MinnPost  describes her rise to become one of the state's "most important players."
What's in store for the first woman president?
Harsh sexist backlash, according to the Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg in the Charlotte Observer.
Are you more likely to vote for a woman or a man?
Per FiveThirtyEight , "the gender gap on how voters weigh gender is much bigger between parties than among supporters of different candidates in the same party."
How do we get more women to run?
Jaime Fuller in MTV News  discusses the prospects for getting more than a handful of women to the highest levels of politics.
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