June 22, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
Women of Color in Congress 
Won't Be Silenced
In Vox, CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar and CAWP senior scholars Kira Sanbonmatsu and Susan Carroll cite findings from CAWP's latest research on women in the 114th Congress to claim that "efforts to silence women of color have largely failed due to the persistence of women in counteracting them." According to the authors,  "In spite of underrepresentation, women of color assert their power. In spite of backlash, women of color make their diverse and distinct voices heard. And in spite of attempts to deny them the complexity of their being, women of color celebrate the diverse identities and credentials they bring to legislating." The authors buttress their statement with extensive quotes from women of color in Congress. Read the article here. 

CAWP Helps Set the Record Straight
The New York Times  used CAWP data  to answer the question of whether Karen Handel will be the first women from Georgia in Congress. Spoiler alert: She won't. She will be the sixth woman from Georgia to serve in the House. The Peach State also boasts the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Rebecca Latimer Felton, who served for one day in 1922. However, Handel will be the first Republican woman from Georgia to serve on Capitol Hill. 
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