March 26, 2014
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

CAWP Welcomes Leader Pelosi 

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Rutgers for a conversation with CAWP director Debbie Walsh. More than 500 students, faculty, staff and friends of the Center were inspired by Leader Pelosi's observations on leadership, policy, and the experience and impact of women in Congress. If you weren't one of the lucky audience members, you can still catch the discussion here.  

Eileen Fisher Supports CAWP with All-Day Sales Event

Special thanks to Eileen Fisher for an unprecedented boost to our work! Saturday, March 22 was a great day to shop - and support women's leadership programs. Every Eileen Fisher store in the U.S participated, with 10% of the day's proceeds going to CAWP's NEW Leadership™ and Ready to Run™ programs, both in New Jersey and around the country. CAWP created a special post-card for the occasion to invite a woman to consider running for office (see below).  Also highlighted during the event: Rebecca Sive's Every Day is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. Thanks to our partners and friends around the country who helped make the day a success.

You Can Still Ask a Woman to Run!
The sales event is over, but it's never too late to ask a woman you know to step forward as a candidate! Use our post-card to tell her why she'd be a great officeholder and connect her to resources at CAWP.

More NJ Women are Now Ready to Run

Ready to Run™ NJ brought women from across the Garden State - as well as visitors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and even Colorado - to master the nuts and bolts of campaigning to win.  


Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY) keynoted the Diversity Initiatives, explaining how, as the only Asian American lawmaker in New York State, she learned from other legislators of color; after her talk, sessions for Eleccion Latina, Run Sister Run, and Rising Stars gave women of color their own opportunities to learn from those already engaged in politics how they can take the plunge themselves.  


Ready to Run™ keynoter Celinda Lake brought a wealth of must-have information for women candidates, and communications expert Chris Jahnke prepped participants to conquer the camera. Tara Dowdell demystified social media and explained the best ways to use Facebook, Twitter and other online channels for campaign outreach. A panel of campaign finance experts, led by Gail Gordon, delved into the complexities of raising (and reporting!) the dollars needed for a successful run. And workshops brought the best of New Jersey's political experts - candidates, officeholders, strategists and more - to an eager audience of up-and-coming pols. As always, we are tremendously grateful to the experts who volunteered their time to make sure New Jersey's political pipeline is filled with women who are ready to run!  

Hear How the Magic Happens 

Have you ever wondered how CAWP keeps all of the facts on women in office up to date? Check out this staff spotlight of the woman responsible for it all: Gilda Morales, CAWP's Project Manager for Information Services.     


Presidential Politics Hear CAWP Senior Scholar Sue Carroll's perspective on the White House's recent push for pay equity on NPR's Morning Edition.  


Documenting Female Political Trailblazers  

Two recently released documentaries highlight women who made political history. ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power tells the story of Anita Hill's historic testimony in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, as well as her efforts on behalf of women and against sexual harassment since then. Professor Hill recently spoke about her work and the film on WNYC. Last weekend, Showtime
aired Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way, a documentary about Ferraro's 1984 vice presidential candidacy - the first for any woman on a major party ticket. Bloomberg's Al Hunt reflects on the film and Ferraro's legacy in his latest
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