February 3, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

"Why I Want You to Tell Me More: On Bringing the Outsiders In"

That's the intriguing title NPR host Michel Martin has chosen as this year's Senator Wynona Lipman Lecturer in Women's Political Leadership. Martin, host of NPR's "Tell Me More" from 2007-14, is the latest speaker in the se
ries honoring the first African American woman in the New Jersey State Senate. The program happens Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center in New Brunswick. It's  free and open to the public, but RSVP is required


 It's time to celebrate Black History Month...


With a CAWP timeline highlighting Black Women in American Politics. We'll be noting Black women's achievements throughout the month on Facebook


Are you Ready to Run�?


If you're in New Jersey, you can sign up for the 2015 edition of CAWP's Ready to Run� campaign training (March 13-14) while early bird rates are still in effect. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, the first woman in the NJ congressional delegation since 2003 and the first woman of color to represent NJ in DC, will keynote on March 13.  Get the details and register here.


Not from NJ? No problem - our Ready to Run� partners around the country have spring 2015 programs as well. There are upcoming programs in Iowa, Louisiana and Michigan, to name  a few. 

Navigating Gendered Terrain with Kelly Dittmar 

CAWP scholar and Rutgers assistant professor of political science Kelly Dittmar will discuss her new book,
Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns, in a book talk at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Thursday, February 12, with a 5:00 reception followed by the program at 5:30. RSVP (required) here. Can't make it? You can join a Twitter chat on gender and political campaigns with Dittmar, CAWP director Debbie Walsh, and others on February 20 from noon to 1:00; Temple University Press has the details

Get wise!


The recording of a webinar presented by the National Conference of State Legislators' Women's Network  for newly-elected women legislators, Wise Women: Sage Advice from Seasoned Lawmakers,  is now available online.  

Got Five Minutes?


Spend them with CAWP senior scholar and Rutgers professor of political science Susan Carroll, who offers some observations about continuing barriers for women in U.S. politics.



Are men what's wrong with politics?

We would never say it, but National Journal poses that provocative question in reporting on a new study by Patrick R. Miller and Pamela Johnston Conover, published in Politics, Groups and Identities. The authors find that women are better listeners to the other side and less subject to partisan bias.


To compromise or not to compromise?

ABC radio  reports that Republican women are getting advice that compromise, frequently cited as a strength of women officeholders, may not play well with Republican  primary voters. See what other tips on "Clearing the Primary Hurdles" Republican women can pick up from a report from Political Parity.


Oregon women in charge

Women hold four top leadership posts in both houses of the Oregon legislature, according to the Statesman Journal. The women note ways in which their leadership has been distinctive.


Seeking common ground on a hot-button issue

In Huffington Post, Republican Majority for Choice co-chair Candace Straight describes the polarized views of partisans on both sides of the U.S. House aisle regarding recent abortion legislation, and she points out the need to step back and work together.


Senate changes, leadership changes

With the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, the number of women holding committee chairs dropped from nine to two. The New York Times looks at the implications and at GOP steps to amplify women's voices in their caucus.


Are family responsibilities keeping women out of politics?

The Washington Post  asks that question and provides interesting evidence from a Yale doctoral student's research.

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