January 31, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Joy Reid to Speak on "Truth and Consequences: What We Know and Why it Matters"
Joy Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC, is the 2017 Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership. Reid's Lipman Lecture, "Truth and Consequences: What We Know and Why it Matters," will take place on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM in Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick. The program is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. The Lipman Chair was created to honor the legacy of the late state senator Wynona Lipman, the first African American woman in the New Jersey State Senate.

College Students: Time to Apply for NEW Leadership™
Energized by recent events, women across the country are seeking ways to become more involved in the political process. Recognizing the challenges women leaders have faced in the past year, we need the full participation of the next generation to elevate our democracy and make the political process more inclusive. NEW Leadership™ is a non-partisan program that educates and inspires college women to make the world a better place by becoming actively engaged in the civic life of their states and nation. Students meet successful women leaders, connect with like-minded peers, and learn how to be effective advocates for issues that matter most to them. NEW Leadership™ has a proven track record; participants report an increased understanding of, and desire to participate, in politics, as well as improved self-confidence. Over 50% of participants report that they plan to run for office in the future. NEW Leadership™ alumnae have gone on to run for public office and work with advocacy organizations, on local and national campaigns, and even on Capitol Hill. Including the flagship program at CAWP, 19 partner programs around the country serving 24 states use the NEW Leadership™ model. Find a NEW Leadership ™ program in your state.
The Early Bird Gets Ready to Run®
Ready to Run Just a few more days to grab the early bird registration rate for Ready to Run®, CAWP's bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. It's all happening March 10-11 on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, including special pre-conference sessions for women of color. Get the details here  

Counting Where the Women Are -- And Were
CAWP has the latest info about women appointed to high-level positions in the Trump administration; for the historical context, check out our Women in Presidential Cabinets fact sheet.  Tracking women in public office is far from new for CAWP. This 1978 picture shows CAWP's director at the time, Dr. Ruth B. Mandel (now director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics) and Rutgers University President Edward J. Bloustein presenting a copy of the Center's Women in Public Office directory (second edition) to Sarah Weddington, assistant to President Jimmy Carter, on the White House lawn. This was well before the advent of computerized databases; WIPO was compiled on notecards with hand-counts.
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Past and Present
In a moment when immigrants fleeing persecution are in the headlines, The Rachel Maddow Show blog  featured a story about CAWP's founding director, Ruth B. Mandel. She was among the passengers on the MS St. Louis when its Jewish passengers trying to escape the Nazis were barred from disembarking in the U.S.
The Presence of Power, The Power of Presence
Roll Call  identifies GOP women assuming new top committee and subcommittee posts in the House in what the article describes as "a disproportionate share of clout" considering that the House Republican caucus is only nine percent women. And eight of nine black women elected to judgeships in Alabama speak to The Cut  about the impact of being there.
Women with Trump: Voters and Appointees
Political scientist Erin Cassese, in a blog post for the LSE US Centre , explains why Donald Trump "never really had a 'woman problem' among Republican women voters." Susan Chira of The New York Times  describes how she identified and talked with women for Trump. But Refinery 29  looks for women appointees in the Trump administration and finds very few in comparison with recent presidential picks.
Thinking About Gender and Sexism
A national survey found very different views about sexism and gender inequality held by women and men in the US. In particular, Republican men thought it was a better time to be a woman than a man, in contrast to other survey respondents. The New York Times  had the story. And young girls are already aware of gender differences; The Atlantic  reports that girls as young as six are already downplaying their own intelligence.
From Dean to Professor
Former Senator Barbara Mikulski, who became known as the dean of the Senate women for her seniority and leadership in that group, has taken on a different academic title in her retirement from government. She will be a professor of public policy and adviser to the president at Johns Hopkins University, according to the institution.
From Washington (State) to Washington (DC)
In Elle , newly elected Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal describes her route from Wall Street to the Washington State Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives, where her interest in the front-burner issue of immigration will be especially timely.

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