November 10, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Out of the mouths of babes...
Can a woman be president of the U.S.? Why or why not? Jimmy Kimmel discussed this possibility with four kids - and a special guest. Our reaction? This is exactly why we need CAWP's Teach a Girl to Lead
Election 2015 is in the books, mostly
Five states held elections this year for either statewide offices, state legislatures, or both. While Louisiana's run-offs don't take place until November 21, CAWP has gathered results from Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. No state elected a woman governor, but Kentucky chose a woman new lieutenant governor, a black Republican; there was no other major news at the statewide level. The number of women in state legislatures will remain close to the same as before the elections, with final numbers to be determined when the Louisiana races are complete. For details, check out CAWP's post-election press release.

Election 2016 in less than a year!
The countdown to Election 2016 has dropped below the magic 365. In fact, the first filing dates for state elections have already passed. You can follow the 2016 elections at the congressional and statewide levels on CAWP's Election Watch page. And of course, you can track all the gender politics of the 2016 presidential election at Presidential Gender Watch 2016. You can also read the latest newsletter from PGW16, which anticipates 17 more presidential debates, 5 months of primaries and caucuses nationwide, 2 party conventions, and the winnowing of the current 18 candidates to 2 nominees and 1 winner. To learn more about PGW16, read this article from Rutgers Today.

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In presidential race news...
Gail Collins, in The New York Times, uses the occasion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy to review the history of women's pursuit of the presidency. The Hill notes the challenges Clinton faces in attracting the votes of young women.  Meanwhile, Bloomberg  notes that Carly Fiorina faces her own challenges, as discussed by Kelly Dittmar in a Presidential Gender Watch analysis  and by Kirsten Powers in USA Today And our readers will be glad to know, as U.S. News reports, that the Constitution does indeed seem to allow for a woman president.
In news from the states...
Governing tells the story of Oregon, where women are taking the lead. And Boston Magazine introduces us to Diana Hwang, who has established an initiative to bring young Asian-American women into politics, starting in Boston. But Fortune cites states (North Carolina, California, Kansas and others) where the number of women running and winning has declined in recent years, reminding us that the biggest challenge in electing more women is getting more women to run.
In news from our neighbor to the north
CBC News wants us to know that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed a cabinet that's half women, and diverse in many other ways as well. Moreover, per, five of the positions to which women were appointed, which had previously been considered "ministers of state" and compensated at a lower rate,  will now be declared full ministers, with matching salaries. One of those positions, ironically, is the "Status of Women Minister." Parity and pay equity, eh? Something to which the next US president can aspire...
In "So what else is new?" news...
People apparently notice what political women are wearing, according to The Irish Times. And Quartz reports that a Harvard Business School study found reason for working moms to feel less guilt: they have more successful daughters and more caring sons than their non-employed counterparts. 

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