March 31, 2015
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

Ready for...Presidential Gender Watch!

It's still early in the 2016 election cycle, but not too early for Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a nonpartisan project of the Center for American Women and Politics and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the 2016 presidential election.  You can get ready to watch by bookmarking the website that will be launching shortly, liking PGW on Facebook and following the new initiative on Twitter (@GenderWatch2016).


A press advisory provides more info. 

 Can You See Yourself in the State Legislature?


Iowa women for whom that picture is just coming into focus can attend a special seminar, See Yourself Here, on April 8-9 to learn more about running. The program is presented by  50-50 in 2020 in collaboration with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center For Women and Politics at Iowa State University and Iowa N.E.W. Leadership at the University of Iowa. Not from Iowa? Look for a Ready to Run® partner program near you!

NJ women are done waiting; now they're Ready to Run®

Labor activist Milly Silva inspired  
and energized participants when  
she keynoted the Diversity Initiatives at  
Ready to Run® NJ 2015


"Ready to Run was worth attending because the political process is attainable to all, not just a select few." So said a potential candidate who was among over 150 women at  CAWP's Ready to Run® NJ  on March 13-14. After Diversity Initiative sessions focused on the specific challenges and opportunities awaiting women of color, participants geared up to run - or to support other women running -- with workshops and plenaries focused on the nuts and bolts of campaigns and the quirks of running in the Garden State.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon shared insights about New Jersey's political parties.


Experts explained what experience and research have  shown about women's candidacies and provided valuable tools for fundraising, dealing with political parties, and "conquering the camera" to work successfully with the media. As she left, one participant told us, "This was an empowering conference.  I can't wait to get started! I am prepared and committed to making a difference."

Watch (and Listen to) Voices in Leadership

Want to hear leaders speaking candidly about leadership - including leaders like Janet Napolitano, Christine Gregoire, and Kathleen Sebelius? Visit the Voices in Leadership series of webcasts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health site. Next up: Chelsea Clinton on Thursday 4/9. 


Women working together across party lines

If you're feeling down about the possibility of bipartisan collaboration, here's an audio antidote from WABE in Georgia, featuring State Senators Nan Orrock (D) and Renee Unterman (R).


Department of Not Very Surprising

The Huffington Post reports on research showing that women in Congress are more collaborative and bipartisan than their male counterparts, and also less powerful.


Who IS powerful?

One woman, who just turned 75, is in fact very powerful and effective, per The Washington Post: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.


Sure it's not 2016 yet?

Maybe not, but Carly Fiorina is 90 percent certain she'll run for President, and we're still waiting to hear about Hillary Clinton's plans.  Meanwhile Democratic women are lined up to run for the Senate in California, Nevada and Illinois and at least one Republican is considering the race in Arizona.  


Survey says...we're ready for a woman president!

According to an Economist/YouGov poll, two-thirds of Americans now say the U.S. is ready for a woman president. That's up from past polls, and men and women are about equally likely to think we're ready - a change from the past, when men were more likely than women to say so.


Thanks, Harry, but we already knew

In an interview with The New York Times about his impending retirement, Sen. Harry Reid notes one big difference in the Senate since his early days: the presence of many more women, who, he says, "have changed the dynamic of the Senate."


Combat: good preparation for Congress?

The New York Times  interviews Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ), a former Air Force fighter pilot, who won her congressional seat in 2014 after losing narrowly in 2012.


What could a governor do?

That's what Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo asked school-age girls. Their "If I were governor for a day..." essays proposed everything from establishing a "Kindness Day" to planting gardens to filling potholes, according to the Providence Journal. 


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