November 14, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Election 2017 in the Books
Newly elected women include (top row) Sheila Oliver (NJ lt. gov.); Danica Roem (VA and Kathy Tran (VA Delegates); (bottom row) Hala Ayala (VA Delegate); Jenny Durkan (Seattle mayor); Vi Lyles (Charlotte mayor); Elizabeth Guzman (VA  Delegate)

The 2017 elections are now history--and historic. CAWP's Election Day press release provides a summary wrap-up, including the record number of women legislators elected in Virginia.  Media offerings included general accounts of wins for diverse candidates from NPR and The New York Times, and post-election analysis about how women fared in The Washington Post. The Center for Public Integrity, looking at 2017 results, forecast a shift for 2018 politics.
Getting down to specifics, key stories included:
Thanks for the Shout-Out!
Your Turn to Run? Get Ready!
Were you inspired by the women who went for it in the 2017 elections -- and won? Maybe it's time for you to think about throwing your hat in the ring, or at least getting more engaged in politics in your community. The first step? Sign up for Ready to Run® New Jersey, CAWP's bi-partisan campaign training for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. You will learn:
  • Practical "how-tos" for candidates
  • Real world advice and best practices from the experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • The ins and outs of New Jersey politics
  • Campaigning in a digital age

There are two tracks to meet your needs:

  • Track 1: I'm Ready to Run, Now What? for women planning to run for office immediately.
  • Track 2: I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But...for women who want to learn more about different ways to get involved in politics or position themselves for public leadership.
There are also three pre-program Diversity Initiative sessions addressing the needs of women of color:
Last year's program sold out; don't miss your chance. Learn more here and register today to get the early-bird reduced rate! 

Sexual Harassment on the Politics Page
Women around the country have leveled accusations of sexual harassment in legislatures and at lawmakers on both the federal and state levels. Long-suppressed stories have been told in Congress and in legislatures in Texas, Minnesota, California, Illinois, Kentucky and other states. The Women's Media Center created a video, " Silencing Women in Politics: The Costs to Democracy of Gender-Based Online Harassment," to highlight the problem among women candidates and officeholders. And CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak joined Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, who first spoke out on the issue in 1973, in commenting on progress over the years in addressing the problem.
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Leaders of the Future
Slate tells us that sexism starts in childhood, and parents need to start early to raise sons who respect women. Ten year old Alice Paul Tapper (yes, she was named for the suffragist and Equal Rights Amendment author Alice Paul) tells The New York Times she wants to see girls speaking up. Politico Magazine asks 20 experts, including CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar, "Will America Ever Have a Woman President?" Drawing on research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, The Washington Post opines that this might be an excellent time for women to run for office. Vice tells about women who are running for Congress in 2018. And Teen Vogue welcomes as its guest editor Hillary Clinton, who claims, "I love seeing articles about the search for the perfect makeup remover next to essays about running for office."  
Leaders of the Past
The Washington Post offers a timeline highlighting the history of women serving in Congress. 

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