October 16, 2018
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

It's the Final Countdown to the 2018 Midterms. Get Ready to Run® in 2020
The midterm election is only three weeks away, and women across the country have run for office and won primary elections at record levels at all levels of government. They didn't come from nowhere. Learn the strategies and start making the connections you'll need to become a part of the next wave of women candidates by participating in our 2019 Ready to Run® flagship training program in New Jersey. The 2019 conference takes place from March 15th to 16th in New Brunswick, NJ.

New Leadership™ Director Participates in Human and Civil Rights Symposium
On Tuesday, October 9th, NEW Leadership™ director Christabel Cruz was an invited panelist at the 15th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium at Stockton University. Cruz was on a panel with Atlantic City Third Ward Councilman Kaleem Shabbazz and Stockton University Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt to speak on this year's symposium theme, " Having our Say: Women of Color in the 2018 Election". Cruz was also an invited attendee at the President's Luncheon in honor of the event hosted by Stockton University Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Dr. Susan Davenport, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lori Vermeulen, and Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman. Other invited guests included Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and the Symposium Keynote Speaker, NJ Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver.
Black Women Candidates: A Smart Investment 
Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr
Kelly Dittmar and Higher Heights founder Glynda C. Carr published an op-ed in Rewire.News about the success Black women have found as candidates in the 2018 midterms, their persistent under-representation at all levels of government, and the investments they'll need to succeed as candidates in proportion to the rates at which they participate in politics as voters, volunteers, and activists. "There are many opportunities for increasing Black women's political representation. Taking advantage of those opportunities requires real investment by parties, funders, and voters into Black women candidates. This year has shown that the return on that investment-measured in terms of both electoral victory and disruption of the conventional wisdom and norms of campaigns-is positive, and research on the impact of Black women in office shows those returns-including responsiveness to and representation of diverse constituencies in policymaking-continue well after Election Day."
When Women Get 
A Seat at the Table...What's Next?
More women running. More women winning. It looks likely that there's a real possibility that women expand their representation in Congress this year. So what comes next? Join the authors of A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen's Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters on October 29th from 6-7:30 pm for a discussion of the insights their book gleans from interviews with more than 80 congresswomen. In A Seat at the Table, CAWP scholars Kelly Dittmar, Kira Sanbonmatsu, and Susan J. Carroll examine women's impact on government from policy to process to the power of seeing women in office to inspire others to follow. Register today.

Dittmar will also give a talk about A Seat at the Table next week at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. To learn more about the event, to be held on October 25th from 7-8 pm, check out the event page on the Aquinas College site.
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Student Spotlight: Painting our Past, Imagining our Future
Mason Gross student Valerie Suter Photo Keith Muccilli
Valerie Suter, a Mason Gross School of the Arts student and a 2018-2019 Eagleton Fellow, was profiled by Rutgers Today about her series of paintings depicting women candidates for the presidency throughout history. Initially imagined during the run-up to the 2016 election, the series brings back to us women whose lives and candidacies may not be well-remembered today, from Victoria Woodhull to Margaret Chase Smith to Shirley Chisholm. Suter plans to paint all of the more than 75 women who have sought the presidency throughout U.S. history. Her work can be viewed on her website, as well as her Instagram account. To learn more about the history of women and the presidency, spend some time with CAWP's Women and the Presidency timeline.

Workshop: "Demystifying the ELEC Process
On Monday, October 22nd, CAWP and the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey will host a workshop that walks you through New Jersey's campaign finance system, "Demystifying the ELEC Process". The workshop will be held at the Eagleton Institute of Politics from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and will be led by Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq. Topics include the legal requirements associated with establishing an ELEC registered committee, the "Dos and Don'ts" of complying with reporting requirements, and New Jersey campaign finance law and pay-to-play restrictions. Register now through the WPCNJ site.

Fury Road

The Ford-Kavanaugh hearings continue to roil the political world as the midterm elections near, with the first, visceral question being: who's angry and who gets to benefit from that anger? The Washington Post published a story about the appeal to white, male grievance that drove the Trump campaign being applied and amplified by the Kavanaugh debate to potential benefit in the midterms, while Rebecca Traister, whose new book was made for this moment, wrote in The New York Times about who in our society is allowed to express anger. For Traister, righteous fury has traditionally been hoarded by men: women should seize it.

Meanwhile, attention has shifted from the substantive issues raised during the confirmation process to potential impacts on the midterms. The New York Times
video team took a look under the hood of the optics of an all-male, all-white GOP Senate Judiciary Committee membership in control of the hearings in a midterm year where women are set to play a defining role. USA Today, on the other hand, takes a look at whether a Kavanaugh-driven backlash may end up benefiting the GOP this year, and CNBC spoke to CAWP's founding director, Ruth Mandel, about how both sides are using the hearings to mobilize their voters. CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar spoke to PBS News Hour for the one year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings, and how our institutions are still ill-suited to cope with allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Dittmar also spoke with the CBC and to the WNYC podcast United States of Anxiety about how women are reckoning with the hearings amidst a wave of women running for office, being particularly careful to note that women are not of one mind on this issue and women's reactions are filtered through their personal pre-existing biases and partisan preferences.


Susan Chira took up this topic of ideological diversity among and between women in  The New York Times  last week in her piece "Women Don't Think Alike. Why Do We Think They Do?", reminding readers of how women voted in the 2016 election and tracing the ways in which partisanship and gender interact for women across ideological spectrums. Also in the  Times , reporters dig into a subset of a subset of women-- those evangelical Christian women breaking from their conservative churches and families to support more progressive candidates as they try to balance their religious and political belief systems.

Finally, CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar made an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning this week to discuss the increased number of women candidates this year, but even though 2018 is a record-breaking year for women candidates, Dittmar points out that "over 50% of the population is only holding 20% of the seats in its major policy-making body." Sounds like somebody oughta do something about that.

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