February 16, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Women voters: it's complicated
What role will women voters play in the 2016 elections? With primary voting well underway, Presidential Gender Watch 2016  will hold a conference call with political experts to explain women voters' influence to date and provide an outlook on the role that women voters will play in the months ahead. Speakers will include: Glynda Carr of Higher Heights for America; Christine Matthews, Burning Glass Consulting/ Bellwether Research and Consulting; and Anna Sampaio, Santa Clara University. They will highlight the complexity of women voters, focusing on the distinct motivations, priorities and preferences among women in different party/ideology, racial/ethnic and generational groups. Save the date: Tuesday, February 23, noon-1:00 PM EST; find the call-in details here .
The early bird catches the training
Early-bird registration for Ready to Run® NJ has been extended through 2/19. That leaves you time to get a bargain rate on our two-day program  jam-packed with specific how-tos for women considering running for office or just looking for ways to get more active in Garden State politics. You'll want to hear our keynoter, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, tell "My Story from the Campaign Trail." And with effective communication more critical than ever on the campaign trail, you need to learn from Chris Jahnke, whose interactive media training, Conquering the Camera, is an annual favorite. Learn more about Ready to Run® NJ here  and register today !

Race, Gender and the 2016 Election
That's the theme when CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson speaks as the 2016  Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 pm at the Douglass Student Center . The event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP here Check out this recent example of Henderson's work.

Learn how and why to get political
NEW Leadership™ programs around the country  are gearing up for their 2016 summer institutes. Applications are now open for CAWP's own NEW Leadership™ NJ , taking place this year June 9-14. Whether in NJ or at one of our partner institutions, college women develop their leadership skills and learn how to become more involved in the political process - and they have a lot of fun in the process! Find out about programs near you .
Presidents Day or Women's History Month: Fine times to learn about Grace for President
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY) read Grace for President to schoolchildren in her district.
Across the country, state legislators and Members of Congress who received copies of Grace for President  from CAWP are sharing it with school children. We've heard from Arizona, New York, Oregon  and more - kids are meeting elected women and hearing a great story about a strong little girl who wants to be president. But you don't have to be an elected woman to read the story to a classroom in your area; find related resources on CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead TM  website .
Study at Yale for a week...
  And learn skills necessary to run effective and successful campaigns. The Women's Campaign School at Yale is a non-partisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program with two tracks, one for women interested in running for public office and one for those interested in campaign management. The intensive summer session takes place at Yale Law School June 13-17; it's open to women who have a passion for politics, have run for public office or have participated in a paid or unpaid political campaign. Apply by April 11; details are available here , or contact info@WCSYale.org  or 203-734-7385.
A holiday to notice who hasn't been President
In Huffpost Women , Barbara Lee looks at Presidents Day through a gender lens.
And speaking of Presidents...
Looking for the latest news about where gender intersects with the presidential trail? It's all here at Presidential Gender Watch 2016.
Advice from the youngest to the young
Rep. Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman in Congress, offers advice to "anyone who's ever been the youngest woman in the room" in Motto .
Do you know them?
For African American History Month, Makers introduces us to four Black women we might not have known, but should.
Say what?
In The Nation , Joan Walsh considers how the Democratic presidential candidates address women voters.
Sports and success
Fortune explains why women who participate in sports have greater success in business - and in leadership more generally.
Women know stuff
The Washington Post  reports on a new website that offers an antidote to the usual roster of (white male) experts. #womenalsoknowstuff  lists women political scientists to call upon for their expertise in a wide variety of specialty areas -- and not just women and politics!
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