June 09, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Black Lives Matter 
In response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the ongoing protests against police violence against Black Americans, the Center for American Women and Politics and our parent institution, the Eagleton Institute of Politics, released statements supporting the protests and fundamental change to overcome systemic racism in our country. There are many organizations and campaigns that you can help to support and empower Black women; here are just a few: Higher Heights; N.O.B.E.L Women; Black Mama's Bail Out Fund; and #SayHerName.
Governor Nominates Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced last week that he would nominate Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the state's Supreme Court. If confirmed, Pierre-Louis would become the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court, as well as one of the youngest justices in the court's history. Pierre-Louis is a graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Law School-Camden, and was an Eagleton Fellow in 2006. In an interview with Essence, Pierre-Louis said of her nomination, "I am a Black woman. I am the child of immigrants from Haiti. I am someone who is a first generation American citizen here in this country, [the] first person in my family to attend law school, to become a lawyer, someone who's also lived in a variety of inner cities throughout my life, beginning with my early childhood in Brooklyn, then followed by the remainder of my childhood in Irvington, New Jersey. All those experiences bring a unique perspective to the Court that currently is not there."

Women will dominate general election ballots in Iowa and New Mexico this fall  
Congressional and statewide primaries were held last Tuesday in seven states: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Results were also reported from Idaho's May 19th primary election.

Among the most notable results for women:
  • Women are the majority of congressional nominees in Iowa and New Mexico this year. 
  • New Mexico is likely to have an all-woman delegation to the U.S. House in 2021, and that delegation could be all women of color.
  • At the congressional level, 11 woman versus woman general election congressional contests resulted from last Tuesday's primaries. Learn more about woman versus woman contests at the congressional and gubernatorial level this year and historically here.
  • No women advanced in South Dakota's congressional elections and women nominees are not favored to win Idaho and Maryland's congressional contests, making it likely that these states' congressional delegations will remain all-male in 2021.
Find full results about last week's primaries at our Election Analysis blog, and follow results from today's primaries in Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia via @CAWP_RU on Twitter.
Help Provide Internship Opportunities for Students 
As COVID-19 shut down schools, travel, and workplaces,many of the opportunities of a college education disappeared: study abroad programs ended, internships canceled, fellowship programs delayed or deferred. If your organization works in politics, government, activism, or political campaigning, and there are open internships, either virtual or in-person, help students find career-building opportunities by adding them to the Eagleton Institute of Politics' internship repository using this form.
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