February 2, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Women compete in both major party Caucuses in Iowa...and CAWP is there
Eagleton Institute Director Ruth B. Mandel, CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, and CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar were on the road last weekend to observe the Iowa Caucuses and watch as a woman won the Caucus for the first time ever. Over four days, they were able to see nearly all of the candidates - Republicans and Democrats - at rallies, townhalls, or coffee shops throughout the state. The team met both women running for president this year - Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina - and spoke with women voters to hear what mattered most in their decision this caucus season. 

To see more photos, videos, and insights from their trip, check out the updates posted on Presidential Gender Watch 2016's Twitter and  Facebook  feeds. Also, be on the lookout for a post-caucus analysis from Dr. Dittmar at presidentialgenderwatch.org/analysis.
New Jersey Women: Ready to win!
Whether you're ready to run or just contemplating your political possibilities, you'll get a lot out of Ready to RunĀ® NJ , taking place this year on March 18-19 in New Brunswick. Among the highlights: top GOP strategist Mike DuHaime (principal at Mercury) on "Launching Your Campaign," and renowned pollster Celinda Lake (Lake Research Partners) on "What Women Candidates Need to Know." Take a look at the complete agenda  and sign up now  while the early-bird rate is in effect!  Not from New Jersey? You can still participate in the NJ program, or find a  Ready to RunĀ®  in your state.   
Race, Gender and the 2016 Election
Race, gender and the 2016 election season are on the agenda when Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN senior political reporter, speaks as the 2016 Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 pm at the Douglass Student Center . Don't miss it - RSVP here!
Help kids see women as leaders
Join women governors, congresswomen and state legislators in reading  Grace for President  to schoolchildren, whether for Presidents Day or Women's History Month (whose theme this year is Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government). CAWP (with the generous support of the Hess Foundation) has sent complimentary copies   of this great storybook to women leaders, asking them to read the story in a local school and then pass the book along to the school library. One New Jersey lawmaker responded, "Thank you for my complimentary book...a great teaching tool for our young women, the next generation of outstanding leaders." If you want to join the fun, pick up a copy of the book , make a date at a nearby elementary school (the target audience would be first or second grade), and check out our discussion guide and other resources .
Leaders coming together...
A program that began in the early 1980s is still going strong and providing fresh inspiration. The PLEN Forum at Rutgers University's Douglass Residential College presents three prominent political women each year. While the core audience is students in "Women and American Politics," guests are welcome to attend. This year's speakers: political strategist Martha McKenna, New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen (pictured), and Newark Council President Mildred Crump. Get the details here .
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Evolving gender roles on display in the presidential race
AP explores some of the ways that changing gender roles are evident in this year's White House contest.
Women lose when they lose it
The State Press  (Arizona State University) reports on research showing that men gain influence when they become angry, but women don't - in fact, they are penalized for their anger.
The day women ran the Senate
After the blizzard in DC, who showed up for work? Women, that's who, according to both the Washington Post  and Rollcall .
Double binds galore
Catherine Rampell, in The Washington Post , reminds us of the double binds confronted by women in both the corporate and political worlds.
Marquee Senate race
New Hampshire's race for the U.S. Senate is likely to be among the most competitive of 2016, and it features two prominent women; Governor Maggie Hassan is challenging incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte. Read Politico's take on the face-off.
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