August 2, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

CAWP at the Conventions

CAWP staff at the RNC met Gov. Mary Fallin (OK) (second pic from left)

and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (WI) (third pic from left)

The Center for American Women and Politics was represented at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. CAWP was the lead partner for Inspiring Women luncheons at both the DNC and the RNC. In Cleveland the program, moderated by CAWP director Debbie Walsh, featured: Congresswoman Kristi Noem (SD); RNC co-chair Sharon Day; Julie Conway, executive director of VIEW-PAC; and State Rep. Julie Emerson (LA). The program at the DNC, also moderated by Walsh, featured Congresswomen Rosa de Lauro (CT), Barbara Lee (CA), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), followed by New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins and then a panel including Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners; TIME Washington correspondent Jay Newton-Small; Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder and managing director of Higher Heights for America; and Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, WA. The lead sponsors for the events were Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens, Campbell Soup Company, and AFLAC.
CAWP staff at the DNC met Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) (second pic from left)

They Pushed on the Glass Ceiling First
Although it took until 2016 for a major party to nominate a woman for President, the story of women seeking the nation's highest office goes back all the way to 1872. A new Google Cultural Institute exhibit curated by CAWP, Aiming High: Women Pursuing the Presidency , shows that history in images and video.
Fun with Data - No, Really!
CAWP partnered with FiveThirtyEight to bring to life our data on women in elective office, using images to tell the story of women's numbers and impact, as well as the barriers women face. Take a look!
The Slates are Set
Filing deadlines for the November elections in all 50 states have now passed. To see the complete list of candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and statewide elective executive positions, visit CAWP's Election Watch page; for an overview, see our Women Candidates 2016 summary. Note that the number of women who filed for U.S. Senate seats has hit a new peak of 38, but many  have already lost their primaries. 
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Perspectives on the Clinton Nomination
Gail Collins  in The New York Times and Leigh Ann Caldwell  for NBC News set the nomination in historical context, while New York Magazine  offers a little context from Clinton's own life. Vox reports on women who found the nomination an emotional experience. CBS Sunday Morning  considers the roles of "first gentlemen" in anticipation of Bill Clinton possibly attaining that role. And, whether tongue in cheek or not, The New York Times and Quartz file reports on Hillary Clinton  ( here and here ), Bill Clinton  and Tim Kaine  from the fashion front.

Who's Running the DNC? Black Women!
All Digitocracy points out a first that was ignored by many in the media: Black women were in control at the DNC. Donna Brazile is interim party chair, Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH) was permanent convention chair, and Rev. Leah Daughtry was the convention CEO. 
From Further Down the Ballot
Politico suggests that while there may have been a breakthrough at the highest level, women are still seriously underrepresented at lower levels.
Women in Power Speak Out
Terri A. Sewell, the first Black woman to represent Alabama in Congress, told The Washington Post  about the challenges she faces and the experience of being a woman in power. It's the latest installment in the Post's series of interviews, Women in Power .
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