March 02, 2021
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Women's History Month 2021
Laura J. Eisenhuth, the first woman that appears in the CAWP Women Elected Officials Database
Women's History Month is underway! Here at CAWP, you can find information to expand your knowledge of women's role in American public life and help young people learn more about their history.

Through our Teach a Girl to Lead® program, we have created numerous resources that get kids engaged with the history of women's political participation. TAG classroom resources include full lesson modules on women and the presidency, suffrage, and women of color in office; TAG's Activities and Exercises page has trivia games and word searches that engage kids with information about women and politics; our TAG multimedia resources page is a one-of-a-kind guide of books, movies, and online videos that teach kids about women's political history.

Last year, we launched the CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, the most in-depth resource for data on women in public office in the United States ever created. With more than eleven thousand entries, this database includes every woman to serve at the state legislative, statewide elected executive, and congressional levels of office. Pictured to the right is the very first woman to appear in this database, Laura J. Eisenhuth, who, as North Dakota's superintendent of public instruction, became the first woman to serve in statewide elected executive office in 1893. Whether you're looking for the big picture of women in politics over time or searching for the smallest data point, the CAWP Women Elected Officials Database has thousands of insights into women's history.

Finally, our Milestones for Women in American Politics page has a timeline of important moments in political history with the ability to sort and refine the results. From Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment, from Minnie Buckingham Harper to Kamala Harris, from Belva Lockwood to Sandra Day O'Connor, the CAWP milestones page is brimming with amazing women and inspiring moments in women's political advancement in the United States.

Now that you know the history, learn about where we are today with CAWP's data on current numbers for women's representation, and get ready for where we're going with our unparalleled training and education programs.
Make Your Own History. Get Ready to Run®
Here's what's coming up in the final two sessions of our 2021 Ready to Run® virtual campaign training series. As with all sessions in 2021, these are free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors. 

Friday, March 5th at 1pm ET Fundraising for Success: Fundraising is a crucial aspect of campaigning. But in the midst of a pandemic and a global economic crisis, what should candidates do? This webinar, led by fundraising expert and CAWP Visiting Practitioner Kimberly Peeler-Allen, will walk you through some of the best strategies to employ right now to help keep your campaign financially viable while being mindful of the challenges of the current moment. This session has lessons and applications for candidates running nationwide. Register here.

Friday, March 12th at 1pm ET Getting Appointed to Office: This New Jersey-focused panel discussion will be moderated by Gail Gordon, Of Counsel at Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC and will include panelists Mayor Susan Shin Angulo of Cherry Hill Township, Mayor Janice M. Fields of Bernards Township, Andrea Martinez-Mejia, Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health, and Commissioner Rebecca Williams, Union County Board of County Commissioners. The conversation will center around the system of appointments to state and local boards and commissions in New Jersey and how to position oneself for these roles. Register here.
Expanded and Revamped CAWP Data on Women Voters 
Women voters are not a monolith, and expanded CAWP resources and data shed new light on the nuances among and between women at the polls. CAWP has broadened its resources related to the gender gap in voter turnout, presidential vote choice, party identification, and presidential performance ratings. These new offerings also include enhanced visualizations that provide greater utility and make the information more accessible to scholars, journalists, and anyone interested in women voters. The full, raw data underlying this information is now also available for direct download. Below are links to each of the new fact sheets, along with an interesting data point gleaned from the expanded data collection:
  • Gender Differences in Voter Turnout The new addition of data disaggregated by marital status reveals that among married men and women, there is no consistent gender gap in voter turnout, but among unmarried voters, women tend to vote at higher rates than men.
  • The Gender Gap in Presidential Vote Choice Newly-added data on gender and marital status reveals that the gender gap between married voters is very small, whereas the gender gap between unmarried men and women is large, with women voting for the Democratic candidate at higher rates.
  • Gender Differences in Party Identification and Presidential Performance Ratings New data on this fact sheet reveal that gender differences in party identification have been evident since the early 1980s; larger proportions of women than men are Democrats and larger proportions of men than women are Republicans. Data extended back to 1952 shows that, before 1980, gender differences in party identification were smaller and more variable.
Want to learn more about our newly expanded and revamped information on women voters? CAWP Research Associate Claire Gothreau discusses key takeaways in an analysis on the CAWP blog, Everything You Need to Know About the Gender Gap.
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Apply for NEW Leadership 2021! 
Applications for the 2021 NEW Leadership® virtual summer institute are due by next Monday, MARCH 8th! In collaboration with CAWP's NEWL® National Network partners in over 15 states, the 2021 Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey summer institute for college women will be held virtually for five days over the course of two weeks in June. Students from around the country will participate in a series of virtual sessions and will have access to online resources; those participating in New Jersey will also receive a NEWL® New Jersey care package and a daily food delivery gift card to defray the cost of their meals during the program. Pending the reopening of Rutgers University, students in New Jersey will have the opportunity attend a one-day, in-person NEW Leadership® program in the Fall 2021 semester at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Learn more about NEW Leadership® 2021, including application and participation information from our partner programs here. Submit an application for NEW Leadership® New Jersey here.
RU Running? Session II
A collaboration between CAWP's NEW Leadership® program and our Eagleton Institute of Politics colleagues at the Center for Youth Political Participation, RU Running? is a series of virtual programs for college students considering a future in electoral politics. In session two, on Tuesday, March 9th at 2pm ET, political operatives will be discussing the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign. Learn more about CYPP here and register for the upcoming session here.
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