January 21, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

 Get the facts for 2015

Do you want to know where women stand in elective office this year? CAWP has updated its fact sheets for 2015. Visit our website to find updated numbers on Women in Elective Office, Women of Color in Elective Office, Women in Congress, Women in Statewide Elective Executive Office, and Women in State Legislatures. Then, spread the word online by sharing our latest infographic on women in office on your social media.

Inspiration from the frozen north

Susan Wefald, herself a former public service commissioner, has compiled a book of the stories of the women elected statewide in North Dakota, from the first - Laura Eisenhuth, who became the first woman in the nation elected statewide when she won the post of superintendent of public instruction - to the women currently holding office. Important Voices; North Dakota's Women Elected State Officials Share Their Stories 1893-2013 introduces us to 17 interesting women; it could also inspire women in other states to undertake similar projects. 

Inspiration from CAWP's own Kelly Dittmar


If you're in NJ on February 12, come hear Professor Kelly Dittmar talk about her new book, Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns. Details here; books will be available for sale and autographing.


Put your best face forward

CAWP wants you to be photo-ready - you can win a free set of head shots for your campaign! The first 50 registrants for Ready to Run New Jersey will be automatically entered. Ready to Run is a bi-partisan training program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system in New Jersey. Topics covered include fundraising, navigating the political parties, working with the media, and developing a campaign plan. Ready to Run� will take place on FridayMarch 13th and Saturday, March 14th at the Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick.  For more information and to register, click here


New Year, New Governor

The Providence Journal reports that Gina Raimondo, the newest U.S. woman governor promises "a Rhode Island comeback."


New Year, Not So New State Legislative Numbers

The National JournalPolitico and Pennlive (The Patriot News) use CAWP's latest numbers to highlight the sadly unchanged status of women in state legislatures. CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar reviews the trends and challenges for forecasting gender parity in state legislatures in her latest footnotes blog


New Congress, Few Women Leaders

Bloomberg Politics tells about the one woman chairing a House committee and the scarcity of women in leaders in Congress more generally.


You Mean Women Have to Make Laws AND End Sexism Too?

Jessica Valenti in The Guardian opines that women can't end sexism in the workplace by just showing up.


Lawmakers Chillin'

CBS News shares a class portrait of the Democratic women in the U.S. House on the frozen Capitol steps along with a rundown of the numbers of women in the new Congress.


Where Women Lawmakers Chill

Politico provides snapshots of Senator Barbara Mikulski's hideaway office in the Capitol, where the women in the Senate meet to talk shop and build relationships.


Be Cool, but Not Too Cool

CNN looks at two Republicans, Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Mia Love, who arrived on Capitol Hill as celebrities and gets advice for them from others who have had similar experiences.


Political Dynasties are Good for Women

So says New York magazine's Annie Lowrey, noting a number of political women who have come from political families. 

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