May 20, 2014
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

A Woman for President?
With women in the news as potential presidential candidates, CAWP's Presidential Watch is back! We're re-launching your go-to resource for news articles, polling data, historical context, and a bibliography about women as presidential candidates. 

What Happened, and Why?

In the New Jersey primaries, that is. Is New Jersey positioned to elect its first congresswoman (or women) since 2003? Join the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the morning of Wednesday, June 4 for The Morning After: 2014 Primary Election Results and Implications. The panel, moderated by Institute associate director John Weingart, includes Matt Arco, reporter for PolitickerNJ; State Senator Jennifer Beck; Angela Delli Santi, New Jersey Statehouse reporter for Associated Press; and former NJ Governor James J. FlorioDetails and RSVP here.


Does Public Speaking Scare You?

Is public speaking one of your biggest fears? You're not alone! Seventy-five percent of women report that they have anxiety about giving speeches or presentations. On the morning of Thursday, June 19, CAWP is offering an interactive workshop, designed with women in mind, with a focus on effective public speaking and presentation skills. Our presenter, Karla Jackson Brewer (professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers) earns rave reviews every time. She'll show you how to deliver your message more powerfully and how to identify your authentic style. Find out the secrets of verbal and nonverbal communications techniques to capture and maintain any audience's interest, and practice tips and specific strategies for dealing with speech anxiety.    


Questions? Deanna-Marie Norcross (Phone 732/ 932-9384, ext. 223) 

 CAWP Faculty on National TV

It was a big week for CAWP faculty sharing what we know with national audiences. On Friday May 16, Professor Susan Carroll joined Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Marsha Blackburn on Katie Couric's daytime ABC talk show to talk about why there are so few women in politics. And on Sunday, May 16, Assistant Research Professor Kelly Dittmar ventured into Nerdland -- the Melissa Harris Perry show (MSNBC) -- talking about the 2014 midterm elections and women candidates. There are three segments: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.

Did You Thank Your Mom - for Your Politics?

Professor Dittmar, in CAWP's footnotes blog, explains why mothers may be our best political role models. 

Where the Girls Are

Columnist Gail Collins highlighted races featuring women candidates - and the continuing paucity of Republican women in Congress -- in The New York Times, quoting CAWP director Debbie Walsh.


The Girls are Here, Too

The New York Times also reported on women in New York City Hall in the new administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, finding many women in key positions.


Where the Girls Aren't

Reading Rainbow's blog featured a guest post from CAWP senior communications officer Kathy Kleeman, targeted for Women's History Month but appropriate any day.


Where the Girls Haven't Been, but Could Be

The New York Times looked at women running for governor in northeastern states, discussing opportunities and potential glass ceilings.


Where ARE the Republican Women?

That's the question MSNBC asked, noting CAWP's research on the paucity of Republican women candidates and winners.


Do Women Want to Go There?

Forbes took a look at whether women harbor political ambitions and why they might not.


Women Voters Hold the Key in 2014 - Again

The Ledger-Enquirer discussed the potential for women voters to sway the North Carolina contest for U.S.  Senate, while The Atlantic examined the politics of an aging population that may not be as conservative as older voters of the past.


Women Officeholders Do Make a Difference

Once again, the women of the U.S. Senate were found collaborating across party lines - this time, with regard to the missing Nigerian girls, as reported in The New York Times.


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