March 03, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Are you Ready to Run®?

The 2020 New Jersey Ready to Run ® campaign training conference is less than three weeks away! Held March 20- 21, with pre-conference programs for women of color beginning on the afternoon of the 20th, Ready to Run® is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways. Our two-track system has courses both for women preparing for an upcoming political campaign and for those who are looking to deepen their political engagement; lay the groundwork for a future campaign or have an impact on the issues they care about. Have you registered yet?

Super Tuesday
The first congressional and state primaries are happening right now, so get ready for results with resources from CAWP. On our Election Analysis blog , Kelly Dittmar compares the number of women running in 2020 versus this point in the 2018 election. We also asked some of our favorite scholars and expert practitioners what they're watching for on Super Tuesday, and they provided some fantastic insight about today's elections, whether it's about the presidential contest or statewide and congressional races, women of color running for office, voter behavior, and more.  Read more here . Learn about the women running in statewide and congressional races in today's elections in Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, and Texas on our 2020 candidate list , and dig into the numbers of women running this year on our 2020 Candidate Summary . To find out interesting takeaways from today's races in real time, make sure you're following CAWP on Twitter .
Help us keep you informed about the 2020 elections
Upcoming Women and Politics Events at Rutgers 
The annual Wynona Lipman Chair lecture, featuring campaign professional, political analyst, and activist Karine Jean-Pierre, will be held on Monday, April 6th on the Rutgers campus from 7pm ET. Her new book, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America will be available for sale and signing at the event. Register to attend.

Our friends at the Eagleton Institute of Politics will host former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the Senate and in Congress, as the 2019-2020 Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs. On March 11 at 7pm ET, Mikulski will visit Eagleton for a conversation exploring the state of our political institutions, her legacy of leadership, and her experiences as "Dean of the Senate Women." Register to join the event here.

Klobuchar exits
Senator Amy Klobuchar ended her presidential campaign on the eve of the Super Tuesday contest, announcing she would endorse former Vice President Joe Biden. This follows the withdrawal of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg after the South Carolina primary over the weekend; Buttigieg made history this year by becoming the first openly gay person to win a presidential primary contest. With their withdrawals making news, it's a good moment to look back at a recent post on our Election Analysis blog from guest contributors Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison, What Does Buttigieg's Success Mean for Gender Progress in American Politics?

Following Klobuchar's departure, the number of women running in the Democratic presidential primary in 2020 has fallen from six to two. Learn more about women and the presidency on our Women and the Presidency: History & Facts page .

Gender Lens at the Debates 
There have been two Democratic presidential primary debates in the two weeks since our last newsletter, which means there was plenty of activity in our #GenderLens2020 Twitter conversation. After the February 25th debate, four comments from our conversation were included in the post-debate round-up from The New York Times , so make sure you join the conversation for the next debate, on March 15th, to get the best insights on gender in the 2020 presidential primary. Want to learn how to view a debate with a gender lens? Read this post from Kelly Dittmar on CAWP's Medium page .
Conscience in New Brunswick

Starting tonight at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the new play Conscience from Tony-winner Joe DiPietro examines the build up to Senator Margaret Chase Smith's famous "Declaration of Conscience" speech from the Senate floor. This speech was one of the dominoes that led to the toppling of McCarthyism in the United States. For information about the production and to buy tickets, head over to the show's website. Learn more about Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate, and the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for President at a major party convention on  CAWP's historical milestones page or pay a visit to the Margaret Chase Smith Library in her home state of Maine.
Jennifer Steinhauer's  The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Journalist Jennifer Steinhauer follows the women in the freshman House class of the 116th Congress, the largest new cohort of women in American history, in her new book The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress . "From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and "the Squad" to "the Badasses" with national security backgrounds, from the first two Native Americans in Congress to the first two Muslim women, all were swept into office on a wave of grassroots support, diverse in background, age, professional experience, and ideology." Want to know more about how these women got to Congress? Read our report on the 2018 elections, Unfinished Business: Women Running in 2018 and Beyond.
America's Earliest Women Voters 

The New York Times reports on newly discovered documents related to a quirk in the history of women voters in America: from 1776 to 1807, more than a century before the 19th amendment, women in New Jersey had the right to vote. Researchers recently uncovered poll lists from the era that showed New Jersey women participating in elections in this time period in significant numbers, solving a historical riddle about whether women took advantage of the right to vote in this period. Researchers at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia uncovered the documents, which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit, "When Women Lost the Vote." Learn more about the history of suffrage on our 100 Years of Women's Suffrage page and about the New Jersey story in this   Women, Politics and the Constitution from political scientist Dr. Irwin N. Gertzog; find out about women voters in the modern era from CAWP's voter factsheets.
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