March 29, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Savvy women (and men) are signing up to hear Nia-Malika Henderson speak on Race, Gender and the 2016 Election on April 20th
Race and gender are woven throughout the 2016 election conversation: the "gender card," Black Lives Matter, severely curtailing immigration and banning Muslims from entering the country, the Ku Klux Klan, female presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle, voting patterns of Latinos, women and African Americans. Who better to offer an informed perspective on Election 2016 than CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson? Learn more about Henderson here . Get the details on the event and RSVP here.
A few are leading nations
A new study from the Pew Research Center  finds that women who lead national governments are few and far between, even though the number has grown. The phenomenon of women as national leaders is relatively recent, and most countries (including the US) have yet to join the club.

Lots are getting ready to run
Ready to Run® NJ took place March 18-19, as reported by NJTV . Young women just discovering their leadership potential joined experienced women getting ready to seek office; all drew wisdom and energy from impressive and informative speakers - and from one another. Looking for a Ready to Run® program elsewhere in the country? There's one on April 9 at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles   where speakers include Councilwoman Nury Martinez (City of Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang. Watch for news of more Ready to Run® programs around the country in the months to come!

38 are wielding power in NJ
NJ BIZ, a New Jersey business publication asked women it considered powerful to name other women they believe are movers and shakers in the Garden State. The resulting list  includes CAWP director Debbie Walsh, along with women leaders like Rutgers Board of Governors member Candace Straight and NJ  Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
Spring is a time of renewal, bringing new challenges and opportunities for women's leadership. Please renew your support of CAWP's work with a gift of $25 or more.
Looking out for black women and girls
Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ), Robin Kelly (IL) and Yvette Clarke (NY) have established a new Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, reports Politicker NJ.  The newest among 430 registered congressional caucuses and organizations is described by its creators as "the first caucus devoted to public policy that eliminates the significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black women."

Making less money as political fundraisers?
Just wondering, since The New York Times  finds that as professions become more heavily female, the pay tends to drop. And KQED says that women are dominant among political fundraisers.
Voting for Hillary Clinton or not
Even though many women might like to see a woman president some day, they're not necessarily lining up behind Hillary Clinton, according to the Charlotte Observer  (McClatchy DC). Linguist Deborah Tannen offers one possible explanation for voter resistance to Clinton in Time : the double bind that confronts women in positions of authority. Still, Newsweek  describes substantial gender gaps in this year's Democratic primaries, with women often favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, Fairleigh Dickinson University's Public Mind Poll  tells us that when New Jersey men are reminded of Clinton's gender, they are less likely to support her, while women given the same gender cue were more likely to support her.
One woman's story
WFMZ talks with former NJ Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande about how and why she got into politics. Casagrande was the youngest woman elected to the NJ legislature when she won her Monmouth County seat ; while she was recently defeated in a re-election bid, she remains passionate about politics. (The story also highlights CAWP's Ready to Run® program.)

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