December 6, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
A Gift to Yourself
In this season of giving, why not do something for yourself and also benefit your community, state or nation? You can register for Ready to RunĀ®,  CAWP's bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. But act fast; at a moment when American women are eager to get political (see, for example, this story in The Washington Post ), the New Jersey program , slated for March 10-11, 2017, is filling up far faster than in past years. 

Not from New Jersey? Find a Ready to RunĀ® partner program
here (and note that other programs are also experiencing a surge in registrations, so you should register right away). Or check out our national Political and Leadership Resource Map  for other opportunities around the country.
Women Appointed to Key Positions in Trump Administration
With many positions left to fill, President-elect Trump has already tapped several women for important positions in his administration. They include: Governor Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as secretary of education ( The Washington Post); former labor secretary Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation (The New York Times); Fox News commentator K.T. McFarland as deputy national security advisor ( The New York Times); and health care consultant Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( NPR). Want to know how many women past presidents have appointed? See CAWP's fact sheet about women in presidential cabinets.    
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A Latina in Charge, Again
  With a record number of Hispanic members of Congress, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) will have a big job as chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, according to The Hill.  She follows in the footsteps of Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), who will serve as vice-chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, as reported in the LA Times.  
House GOP Woman: A Dwindling Number
The elections will leave the U.S. House of Representatives with fewer Republican women in 2017 than in 2016, and that number could fall still further if President-elect Trump chooses any women from the House for posts in his administration. That's the story from Roll Call , which also says that a number of the congresswomen are contemplating runs for higher office that could diminish their numbers still further unless the GOP recruits more women candidates.
Looking ahead to 2020?
Even before the candidate elected in 2016 has been sworn in, the 2020 buzz has begun. One frequently mentioned name: California attorney general and Senator-elect Kamala Harris (D-CA), as reported in Fortune .

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