February 17, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

Up to Six Women Governors

When Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown succeeds the resigning Governor John Kitzhaber on Wednesday, February 18, she will join five other women as chief executives in the states for a total of three Democrats and three Republicans. Brown will be Oregon's second woman governor, following in the footsteps of Barbara Roberts, who served from 1991-95. She will be the 37th woman governor overall, and the 22nd Democratic woman, to lead a state's government. Brown will be the seventh woman  and the first Democratic woman to succeed a governor who resigned. Of the women who were elected to states' number two posts and then succeeded to the governorship, three were later elected in their own right to full gubernatorial terms.  CAWP's website has additional information about the history of women governorswomen in statewide elective executive posts, and women in elective offices in Oregon. Additional general information about governors is available on the website of Eagleton's Center on the American Governor.

Chat Up CAWP's Kelly Dittmar and Debbie Walsh


A Twitter chat on gender and political campaigns, featuring CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar and CAWP director Debbie Walsh, will take place on Friday, February 20 from noon to 1:00. Get the details here. And while you're thinking about the subject, see what Dittmar said to Rutgers Today in a recent interview about her new book, Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns.


Talk Up this Event with Michel Martin


NPR's Michel Martin, longtime host of "Tell Me More," will deliver this year's Senator Wynona Lipman Lecture in Women's Political Leadership. Her topic: Why I Want You to Tell Me More: Bringing the Outsiders In. The program, on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Get more information and RSVP link here.

Sign Up and Get Ready to Run

Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women

There's still time to register for Ready to Run� New Jersey, taking place March 13-14 in New Brunswick. Whether you're ready to run right now or just contemplating next political steps, you'll learn a lot from an amazing roster of political pros, both Republicans and Democrats.  Participants get:

  • "How to" instructions on running for office
  • Fundraising and media skills
  • Real-world advice and best practices from experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • Inspiration to launch a campaign
  • A better understanding of party politics
  • Internet strategies for political campaigns

Not from New Jersey? Anyone may participate in the New Jersey program, or find a Ready to Run training in your state through our National Network.

CAWP Veteran Moving Up

Jean Sinzdak, who has been at CAWP since 2005, has been named associate director of the Center. While taking on broader leadership and administrative responsibilities, she will continue to oversee CAWP's Program for Women Public Officials, including the Ready to Run� campaign trainings for women in New Jersey and nationally,  and serve as project director of Teach a Girl to Lead™.

Women to Look Up To


The Power in Place project "celebrates women who have striven to achieve an important presence in the political leadership of this nation. " The website offers some striking portraits of extraordinary women.  


Iowa Ready to Run� gets written up

Associated Press reports on the Iowa edition of Ready to Run�, presented by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University.


Up-and-coming young women

Think there aren't powerful young women - on both sides of the aisle - in Washington DC? Check out The National Journal's list of the most influential Washington women under 35.


Stepping up to run for President

Fortune explains why Carly Fiorina might be primed to run for the GOP presidential nomination in anticipation of facing Hillary Clinton.


Upbeat advice to new youngest congresswoman

Politico gives former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, until recently the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress, a platform to offer advice to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who now holds that distinction.


What's up with this likeability thing?

The Washington Post responds to those who ask, "Is Hillary Clinton likeable enough?"  with polling data, along with a consideration of whether the question matters. In doing so, the article links to another WaPo piece including an interview with Adrienne Kimmell of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, who discusses the likeability problem. 


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