January 18, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Take a Closer Look--or Three 
With most winners of the 2016 elections now seated, CAWP's A Closer Look research briefs provide all the up-to-date info and show how the new numbers compare with the past. CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar breaks it all down for women in Congress, statewide elected executive offices, and state legislatures.
Winding Down, for Now
Web and social media posts from Presidential Gender Watch 2016 have slowed, but while PGW is winding down post-election, the dialogue around gender and presidential politics continues. Stay tuned for the project report release later this spring and stick with CAWP and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation for continued data, research, and news on women and American politics. PGW will post updates here on the presidential transition and new research about gender in the presidential race as it's released.
But Still Thinking About a Woman President...
Gender was clearly an issue in Election 2016. What will it take to surmount the seemingly inevitable gender barriers, and which insiders and outsiders might line up to try? CAWP director Debbie Walsh discusses the prospects for the first female POTUS with The New Yorker's Amy Davidson on The New Yorker Radio Hour. Listen to the podcast here.
A Key Role for Republican Women in the 115th Congress
Political scientists Rosalyn Cooperman and Melissa Deckman, in CAWP's footnotes blog, suggest that while Republican women's numbers in the new Congress may be small, their voice as messengers to articulate the Party's vision may be more prominent as Republicans continue to grapple with expanding their base of voters to include more women. Read their analysis here.
Maybe a Key Role for You?
Ready to Run Have you thought about running for office yourself? (If so, you're in good company--see ICYMI below!) Now's the time to sign up for CAWP's Ready to Run® Campaign Training--a bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. It's all happening March 10-11 on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, including special pre-conference sessions for women of color. Get the details here

Not from NJ or nearby? Find one of our Ready to Run® partner programs near you!  
A new year brings lots of new beginnings, but women's leadership is here to stay. Help us continue our important work! 
Lacing Up Their Running Shoes... 
Election 2016 gave women around the country  fresh motivation to run for office themselves. CAWP's  Ready to Run ® is featured in Slate's write-up about the phenomenon. 

But Wait, There's More!  
Also reporting on the surge in women considering running for office are The Chicago Tribune and WBUR's Here and Now.

Lacing Up Their Marching Boots  Vogue profiles organizers of the Women's March on Washington, while The Atlantic highlights pro-life women joining the event.  

Women on t
he Global Path to Power 
  The New York Times looks at the prospects for women achieving power from a global perspective, asking "is it sexism or the system that has so far prevented a woman from becoming president of the United States? And what lessons might be drawn from Europe, or places further afield, that could help an American woman get to the top one day?" Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage notes that the number of women leaders on the world stage has fallen and examines some of the reasons.

Few and Far Between  
Vox picks up on the same theme reported in CAWP's Closer Look research brief: the overall paucity of women in the new Congress, despite a record number of women of color. The number of GOP women, in particular, continues to lag. One possible approach? Roll Call asks whether there might be room for a Republican version of EMILY's List to boost the party's representation among women.   

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