April 12, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Get the scoop from CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson
The New York primary is April 19 -- so on April 20, you'll no doubt want smart analysis of the state of the election. Now's the time to sign up  to hear CNN's senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson discussing Race, Gender and the 2016 Election under the auspices of the Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership.  Henderson's talk, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20 at the Douglass Student Center on the Rutgers-New-Brunswick campus, is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.
The women's vote in 2016
CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar (center)  was among three experts discussing the women's vote on the PBS NewsHour. But referring to "the women's vote" vastly oversimplifies the true picture; watch the video or read the transcript to get a more nuanced view.

It matters #WhoTalks
Glamour highlights the #WhoTalks project, in which CAWP is a partner with Gender Avenger  and the Women's Media Center . #WhoTalks compiles data on the gender of analysts on the major weekday political news shows - and, no surprise, the vast majority are men. See the Hall of Shame and a review of the first month's findings here.

Next steps for gender equality
Last week the McKinsey Global Institute released its latest report, The Power of Parity: Advancing Women's Equality in the United States . To mark the occasion,   New America  held a discussion about how to move forward on key gender equality issues across sectors. CAWP director Debbie Walsh participated in a lively panel on the topic; watch it here.
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So close, and yet so far apart
Colorado and Wyoming are adjacent, yet one tops the rankings of states for women's representation in state legislatures while the other sits at the bottom. NPR's Morning Edition  examines the differences.
Another year of the woman?
Roll Call  says not so much with regard to the US Senate. Prognosticators see six races where women have a good chance of winning, and three others where women might do well if the electorate moves toward the Democratic side. (California's open primary system may result in a Democratic woman-versus-Democratic woman November election, according to the Sacramento Bee .) Don't forget to find the latest on where women are running on CAWP's Election Watch page.
How do attacks on Hillary Clinton hurt all women candidates?
Scholars Jill Greenlee, Mirya Holman and Rachel VanSickle-Ward, in The Washington Post Monkey Cage,  say, "Attacks on female candidates as being 'ambitious' or 'unqualified' are exactly the reason that so many qualified women don't run for political office in the first place." And FiveThirtyEight notes that women often opt out of running for office because of self-doubts, so attacks on Clinton "seemed to send a volley at the fortress of qualification female candidates build up as proof of their worthiness to the public at large."
Is voting for women in women's self-interest?
So says Nancy L. Cohen in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times , citing a variety of research on women officeholders advancing women's interests. Former Pensacola Councilwoman Diane Mack offers a GOP perspective in the Pensacola News-Journal , drawing on CAWP's footnotes blog post ; she encourages fellow Republicans to do something about the paucity of Republican women on ballots.

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