July 10, 2018
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Women Are Less Than a Quarter of All U.S. House Candidates This Year, but That's Still Record Breaking.
Danielle Thomsen of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University contributes analysis to CAWP's Footnotes blog, tracking what percentage of House candidates are women in every cycle from 1980 to the present. Thomsen shows that women's proportion of this year's candidates increased by 6 percentage points from 2016's share (18% to 24%), the largest increase since at least 1980. She also follows an intriguing partisan trendline; as the share of women among Democratic candidates has increased, the share among Republican candidates has largely stagnated, a difference Thomsen attributes to a decline in ideological moderation.
"Latina women have been the driving force behind Latino politics this entire time."
Christabel Cruz at The Hill's Latina Leaders Summit (photo:Kevin Dietsch for The Hill)
NEW Leadership TM Director Christabel Cruz appeared at The Hill's Latina Leaders Summit, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Taking part in the panel "Changing the Political Landscape," Cruz spoke about her research on Latinas in local politics, the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign, and the history and future of Latinas as political organizers, candidates, and office holders. On her own research, Cruz told the audience at the Newseum, "I wanted to pursue my PhD and do research on these Latinas and figure out -- why aren't they the candidates more often, and how can we make sure that we support them so that they are the candidates and that they win." Watch the full video.

This is What a Legislator Looks Like.
CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar highlights the historical roots of exclusion and marginalization of women - and specifically women of color - from American politics to understand recent events where women's political power has been questioned. Highlighting the recent #WeBelongHere campaign, Dittmar adds that the work to reimagine what political leadership looks like starts with all of us.

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Gender Watch 2018: Measuring Success for Latina Politics in 2018
Following a previous analysis about how to measure success for women candidates this year, Christine Bejarano of The University of Kansas takes a more specific look at Latinas in 2018 and what success might look like for them. Bejarano points out a number of primary victories for Latinas this year before analyzing Latina representation at various levels of political office. She closes by discussing ways to support and grow the Latina leadership pipeline.
CAWP Presents Annual Hazel Frank Gluck Award
Carmen Cusido, second from right, with
members of this year's NEW Leadership TM class .
During June's NEW Leadership TM New Jersey training session, CAWP presented this year's annual Hazel Frank Gluck Award to Carmen Cusido. The award, named for the former New Jersey State Assemblywoman and multiple-time cabinet member, is given every year to a NEW Leadership TM New Jersey alumna in recognition of their professional accomplishments. Cusido, a member of the class of 2004, was honored this year for her distinguished career in journalism, communications, and education.
Speaking the Speech
Karla Jackson-Brewer leading the workshop
Last week, CAWP's Ready to Run® New Jersey hosted an interactive public speaking workshop led by Karla Jackson-Brewer. The workshop focused on helping attendees to identify and develop their own authentic speaking styles. The Ready to Run® national network holds training programs like this one throughout the year for women seeking to deepen their engagement with politics and hone skills to be successful. To stay informed about workshops and training sessions near you, be sure to bookmark the Ready to Run® site.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Success Sparks Debate
The big story from the June 26 th primary was a stunner of an upset in New York's 14 th congressional district, where Joe Crowley, an oft-rumored future Speaker of the House, was defeated in the Democratic primary by relative newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Both NY1 and The New York Times compared the Ocasio-Cortez win to the victory of Elizabeth Holtzman against half-century-incumbent Emanuel Celler in 1972.

Ocasio-Cortez's win set in motion a thousand think-pieces, many of which called on CAWP for insight. Glamour spoke to CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar about women candidates owning the conversation about their style; CAWP Director Debbie Walsh gave context to NPR about the difficulties young women encounter as candidates; and CAWP data was cited in an Elite Daily piece about millennials stepping up and seeking a seat at the table.

Then, of course, there are the political repercussions. The New York Times and The Washington Post took a look at a race with similar dynamics in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Vox examines the impact that women legislators have on legislative output. And what does this mean for the Democratic Party? The Washington Post reports that liberal icon Barbara Lee is mulling a run for Crowley's party leadership position. If successful, she would become the first woman to chair the House Democratic Caucus.
CAWP in the News
Data and commentary from CAWP continues to be a crucial component of coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, so much so that this newsletter offers only a sampling of our appearances in the media. For even more, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook .

FiveThirtyEight and NBC use CAWP data to examine why the majority of women candidates for House seats are running as Democrats rather than Republicans. For CNN, Nia Malika-Henderson cites Kelly Dittmar in her commentary on women candidates breaking the gender double bind. Dittmar also gave comments to The Washington Post for a piece highlighting little-known women candidates leveraging viral videos to gain exposure and amplify their messages.

At the state and local levels, too, CAWP plays an important part in keeping people informed. The New York Times relied heavily on CAWP's state legislative data and analysis in a piece highlighting the potential for nine states to see gender-balanced or majority-women legislatures as a result of this year's election. In New Jersey, former State Senator Diane Allen launched a political action committee, runWOMENserve, to help get women elected to the New Jersey legislature, and  The Philadelphia Inquirer featured CAWP commentary and data on women's representation in state legislatures nationwide. In their interview with Cynthia Nixon , CBS Sunday Morning presented CAWP data on women running in gubernatorial races around the country. Finally, CAWP Associate Director Jean Sinzdak spoke to The Washington Post's local edition about a school board in Maryland that will be led entirely by women following this November's election: "It's not the norm to have all-female governing bodies, no matter what level you're talking about." That's likely true. For now.

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