March 6, 2018
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
With Record Number of Women Running for Office, CAWP and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Launch Gender Watch 2018
"Gender is at play in all aspects of political campaigns, from the messages and behavior of candidates to the ways in which media and voters evaluate candidates and engage with campaigns," said Dr. Kelly Dittmar, Gender Watch 2018 Project Director and CAWP Scholar. This non-partisan project will track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the 2018 elections. Don't miss our  Outlook on today's Texas Primary.
Mark your calendar!
Clinton will talk with Eagleton director Ruth B. Mandel about American democracy and its institutions, her political career and her role in the women's political movement on Thursday, March 29th at 4:30 pm at the Rutgers University - New Brunswick    College Avenue Gym.
General Admission FREE -- RSVP required
Details HERE and on Facebook
Rutgers registration opens 3/6 at 2 pm.
Public registration opens 3/12 at 2 pm.
The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018

We're delighted to release this updated report in partnership with the Higher Heights Leadership Fund  outlining the status of Black women in American politics at the start of 2018. The report was written by CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar with a forward by US Senator Kamala Harris.
Download the full report  HERE

Women in County and Municipal Government: 
NJ Must do Better
The latest census of women elected to county and municipal offices in New Jersey raises an urgent question: Why is progress painfully slow - or non-existent? The numbers have edged upward since 2017, but women - who constitute more than half the state's population - still hold only 29% of freeholder positions (compared with 26% in 2017), 25% of council seats (compared with 24%), and a paltry 14% of mayoralties (compared  with 15%)  

"Across the nation and throughout New Jersey, the flood of women stepping up to run has been front-page news," observed CAWP director Debbie Walsh. "CAWP has trained record numbers of women to run, and they're eager to serve now," added Walsh. "But until the powerful county party chairs on both sides of the aisle make it a priority to include more women on their tickets, our best efforts won't alter the picture significantly."
Thanks for the Honors...

US Senator Bob Menendez will hold his annual Women's History Month Celebration on March 18th from 3 - 5:00 pm at Kean University in Union, NJ. We are delighted that Eagleton director Ruth B. Mandel will be honored at the event with the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award.

New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver will deliver the keynote and other recipients of the award include: Mayor Wilda Diaz, Amy Andersen, Uyen (Winn) Khuong, Audrey Meyers, and Reverend Tiffany Williams.
Admission is free. Click here to RSVP

A special thanks to the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey for honoring CAWP's work at their 2018 Jazz Scholarship Brunch. The event - Her Voice Marches On: Women Speaking Truth to Power - was held March 3rd in Princeton, NJ.
NJ Governor Phil Murphy Makes History with a Majority Female Cabinet
"Women's representation is good news as a matter of simple fairness, and because women bring different backgrounds, perspectives and styles to government, "said CAWP's director, Debbie Walsh. "But even more important, this cabinet includes a range of talented, experienced women whose diversity reflects that of New Jersey. A variety of voices is essential for effective government that reflects the needs of the entire state and that's more good news for all New Jersey's citizens."
"The media undermined Hicks with sexist language right up until her last day."
"The Democratic gubernatorial candidate talks with us about poverty, prosperity and how her history as a business owner will make her the "entrepreneurial governor" Georgia needs."

"Marlène Schiappa discusses Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuel Macron, and the path forward for French women."
"She attributes her early interest in politics to growing up gay and female in a family affected by the Holocaust."
Monmouth County Republicans Launch GOP Women's Leadership Initiative "for women interested in getting involved in politics and government, and making a difference in the Monmouth County community."

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