February 18, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
CAWP on Jeopardy!
Next Monday, February 24th, Jeopardy will feature an entire category based on information provided by the Center for American Women and Politics. Whether it's our current data, elections history, or milestones for women's political advancement, CAWP has an unmatched collection of information on women in U.S. politics to draw from. We're not sure what the clue writing team at Jeopardy pulled from, (even if we did we wouldn't tell you - we won't be party to anyone getting sneaky with their Jeopardy-viewing friends and family!), but we're excited to see how the contestants do in the women and politics category next week. Find when Jeopardy airs in your area and set your DVRs!

CAWP Candidate Summary 2.0 
CAWP is thrilled to reveal a brand-new update to our Candidate Summary page, just in time for the first congressional and state primaries in two weeks. As always, our candidate summary contains full numbers of women candidates for Senate, House, governor, lieutenant governor, and other statewide elected executive offices, but the summary is now accompanied by interactive graphics that compare current numbers to historical records, display state-by-state information, track candidate filings, sort candidates by whether they're running for open seats or as challengers, and more. The summary currently includes both likely and filed candidates and will update throughout the year with confirmed, filed candidates and general election nominees as filing deadlines and primary elections pass. The candidate summary will also include general election candidates for state legislatures following primary election results. Check it out!

Public support for "more " women in Congress
CAWP Senior Scholar Kira Sanbonmatsu published an article in the most recent issue of the academic journal Politics, Groups, and Identities that examines public attitudes towards increasing the number of women in Congress and how knowledge of current representation affects desire for increased representation: "those who overestimate the percentage of women in Congress are less supportive of electing 'more' women whereas those who underestimate the percentage of women are more supportive." One other troubling finding... "the public is slightly less supportive of electing more 'women of color' than more 'women.'" Read the full article.
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Karine Jean-Pierre to Give the 2020 Lipman Chair Lecture.
CAWP is delighted to announce that the 2020 Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership will be held by campaign professional, political analyst, and activist Karine Jean-Pierre. The annual Lipman Chair event, featuring Jean-Pierre, will be held on Monday, April 6th on the Rutgers campus at 7pm ET.

Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, as well as a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She worked in the Obama administration as the Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs, and worked on the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, Martin O'Malley and John Edwards.

The Lipman Chair was originally established by the New Jersey legislature and former Governor Christine Todd Whitman to honor the legacy of the late state Senator Wynona Lipman, the first African American woman in the New Jersey State Senate.

Following Senator Amy Klobuchar's surprising surge into a strong third place in the New Hampshire primary, there's been a buzz of interest in "Klobmentum" and whether Klobuchar will be able to capitalize on the renewed interest. Vox spoke to Debbie Walsh about Kobuchar's deft debate performance that helped propel her to victory. This Saturday's Nevada caucus will be the first test of Klobmentum.

Election Analysis from CAWP
As the first caucus and primary were held, scholars at CAWP and from our community of fellow experts provided insights into the presidential race on our Election Analysis blog. Dan Cassino wrote about how latent sexism impacts candidate preference in  After Iowa: Is sexism weighing Warren down? , Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison took a look at Pete Buttigieg's strong showing in What does Buttigieg's success mean for gender progress in American politics? , and our own Kelly Dittmar discussed the best ways to push back against bias when you see it in When it comes to gender bias in politics, be confrontational.

Debate Night (Yes, Again)!
Two Democratic presidential primary debates remain in this, the shortest month of the year, with the next two debates falling within six days of each other. This Wednesday, the candidates will meet in Nevada ahead of the state's caucus, and the debate will be broadcast on NBC. Join our live analysis on CAWP's Twitter account and #GenderLens2020.
This Girl's Teaching *Us* to Lead 

Anna Wiese at the Idaho Capitol
 in a photo from Boise State Public Radio.
An exhibit highlighting Idaho's early women legislators was languishing in an obscure corner of the Idaho Capitol until 11-year-old Anna Wiese discovered it.  Boise State Public Radio reports that Wiese is already a political junkie and makes regular visits to the Capitol, but when she found the historical plaque in an out-of-the-way location, she decided to take action. She wrote to Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett who eventually ensured that the marker was moved to the Garden floor rotunda, which gets significantly more traffic. Way to go, Anna!

CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead® program has a number of resources for young students to explore the history of women in politics, including an activity focusing on how to apply a gender lens to a state capitol tour. It's a great resource for all of us who aren't naturals like Anna.
Eagleton Event: A Conversation with the Honorable Barbara Mikulski

Former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the Senate and in Congress, will visit Eagleton as the 2019-2020 Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs for a conversation exploring the state of our political institutions, her legacy of leadership, and her experiences as "Dean of the Senate Women." The Clifford P. Case Professorship brings prominent and respected public servants to the Rutgers campus and serves to honor Clifford Case, who represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate for 34 years. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

Eagleton Event: Re-Drawing the Lines

On March 24th, The Eagleton Institute of Politics will host Re-Drawing the Lines: Planning for the Next Decade of Election Reforms, a conference convening decision-makers, academics, and the community to address the intersections of law and politics at the heart of legislative redistricting, the 2020 U.S. Census, and related election reforms. The conference will cover topics like litigation approaches, mapping technology, national and state election reforms, and public education and mobilization. Register here.
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