May 26, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Why so little power?

Federal Election Commission chair Ann Ravel convened a forum  to discuss challenges facing women in the political arena. CAWP director Debbie Walsh was among the panelists charged with defining the problem, along with Adrienne Kimmel of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation; Harvard historian Jill Lepore; and Christine Matthews, president of Bellwether Research and an expert on public opinion. A subsequent panel outlined possible solutions to women's underrepresentation. The New York Times   and  Elle  reviewed the event.

 Powerful bias

On the Bias, a new bi-weekly section of Presidential Gender Watch 2016, will identify potential examples of gender bias in campaign coverage and place them within the context of research, noting comparative treatment of male and female candidates. Read the first post from CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar here

Future power source: NEW Leadership?

NEW Leadership? NJ kicks off on June 4, and partners around the country are either just ahead or just behind. Every program, built on CAWP's model, is prepping women for future public leadership. CAWP director Debbie Walsh keynoted the program at The Ohio State University, which welcomed 32 students from colleges and universities across Ohio. Ohio State was one of the earliest NEW Leadership? partners, and now OSU's John Glenn College of Public Affairs is slated to become the newest partner in CAWP's Ready to Run? National Network. Watch News and Notes for highlights from other partner programs in the weeks ahead!

Potential powers behind the throne?

Spouses of the presidential candidates are in the National Journal's spotlight.


Womanpower on the Hill

Also from the National Journal: a report from insiders about what it's like to be a female Capitol Hill staffer -- and their roster of the 20 most powerful women staffers on the Hill.


Power players: the next big woman-versus-woman race?

Roll Call looks at the power of women in Congress, with a particular focus on Loretta Sanchez, who has thrown her hat in the ring for the 2016 race for an open Senate seat in California. The contest is being watched as a face-off between two powerful women, Sanchez and the state's attorney general, Kamala Harris.


Older woman power

That's what The Atlantic sees, placing the rise of powerful older political women in an evolutionary context.


Women leaders, left and right 
Senator John McCain of Arizona, who faces re-election in 2016, is being challenged by women from both parties.  The Hill reports that Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) will seek McCain's seat, and that State Sen. Kelli Ward is among those who may run against him in the Republican primary. 


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