December 17, 2013

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

More women than ever in Congress! 

When Katherine Clark (D-MA) won her special election to fill a House vacancy, women reached a new high-water mark, holding 99 of the 535 seats in Congress - 20 of 100 Senators and 79 of 435 House members. (Not to mention the three women who are non-voting delegates from Washington DC, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam...) Read CAWP's release with all the details here, and Roll Call's "7 Things to Know about Katherine Clark" here. When will we hit the 100 mark and continue upward? With women involved in special elections for House seats in Florida and North Carolina, it could happen even before November 2014!

For the woman candidate (or should-be candidate!) on your holiday shopping list


Rebecca Sive's Every Day is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office from the PTA to the White House makes a practical gift for any woman thinking about running. And if you go to the publisher's website and use the promotion code HOLIDAY2013, you'll get 50% off! With all the money you save, you can contribute more toward women's campaigns - or support CAWP's pathbreaking work!

Also on your must-buy list


More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures, by CAWP senior scholars Susan Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu, looks at gender differences in pathways to state legislatures and recommends strategies for political practitioners concerned about women's political equality.

Look and sound better!

One more book CAWP recommends: Chris Jahnke's The Well-Spoken Woman. Her advice helps women candidates - and any woman who does public speaking or media appearances - to be "confident, concise, and compelling." Want to learn from Chris (in person) how to conquer the camera? Then sign up today for CAWP's Ready to Run Campaign Training, which takes place March 21-22, 2014 and includes a lunchtime session with Chris on March 22.

How about a no-cost gift?

Bearing in mind that men are more often "self-starters" while women may wait to be asked or encouraged to run for office, why not celebrate a great woman you know by asking her to run? What a wonderful gift to her - and to all of us who want better government that includes a rich variety of voices.

On her MSNBC show, Now, Alex Wagner asked "Why so few women in Congress?" CAWP data were a big part of her answer; the segment also featured Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Governor Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. 


Ever wonder what it will take to elect a woman president of the United States? Read the answers of some very smart women well-positioned to know. 


While we're still awaiting our first woman president, Chile has just re-elected former President Michele Bachelet. Find out more here. 


Politico's ongoing series, "Women Rule," is full of thoughtful articles from a variety of political perspectives. Just for starters, check out this one by Donna Brazile about "The Second Woman President," or former NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman's observations about Margaret Thatcher.

News & Notes will take a year-end break and return on January 14, 2014. Meanwhile, click on the image below to enjoy this holiday greeting from CAWP!

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