March 01, 2022
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Join CAWP and WNYC’s The Takeaway for Women’s History Month
We’re thrilled to announce that, this Women’s History Month, CAWP has partnered with WNYC’s The Takeaway for Women Leading Locally, a series exploring women serving their cities and states and remaking politics from the ground up. "All of us at The Takeaway are excited about the opportunity to partner with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University." said Melissa Harris-Perry, host of The Takeaway. "For me this is especially meaningful because it is an opportunity to bring together my two professional roles: as a professor of American politics and as host of a national radio show. CAWP is celebrating its 50th anniversary. During these years CAWP has been the definitive source for reliable and rigorous scholarship addressing women elected to office in our country. CAWP shares many of the core commitments that animate our work at The Takeaway including making politics accessible, amplifying the stories of communities, and working to ensure everyone has a seat at the table of decision-making. I'm certain our Women Leading Locally series will prove to be a valuable tool for curriculum and conversation."

Listen to the premiere episode featuring CAWP Director Debbie Walsh in conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry on The Takeaway’s website.  Check your local NPR affiliate schedule for upcoming broadcasts or subscribe to The Takeaway podcast to follow the series.
Coming up in Ready to Run® 
Here’s what’s coming up in our Ready to Run® 2022 virtual campaign training series:

Thursday, March 3rd at 1pm ET: Navigating New Jersey Political Parties for Candidates. Union County Commissioner Angela Garretson, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee Chair Arlene Quiñones Perez, and Women for a Stronger New Jersey Executive Director Stacy Schuster highlight the power dynamics of party organizations, building relationships with party operatives and gaining the party’s support, and will address how to respond when the party organization is not supportive.

Friday, March 4th at 1pm ET: Strategic Campaign Communications. Maria Alvarado, a senior vice president at Mercury Public Affairs, provides practical tips for preparing yourself to run for office, including developing a unique and persuasive message and improving your digital presence.

Friday, March 11th at 1pm ET: Fundraising for Success – Part 1. Political fundraising expert and CAWP Visiting Practitioner Kimberly Peeler-Allen covers key components of campaign fundraising, including developing a strategy for your campaign, building a donor list, and recruiting a finance committee.

Get registered today!
Welcome to the 2022 Midterms 
The 2022 midterms officially kick off today with the primary election in Texas. Follow our Twitter feed, @CAWP_RU, for real-time results from today’s primary contests, and stay tuned for full results from CAWP tomorrow morning. As always, CAWP’s Election Watch is the best way to stay informed about the women running for office in 2022. Here’s a sampling of resources available to deepen your understanding of this election season:

  • 2022 Summary of Women Candidates: A by-the-numbers look at all the women running for Congress, governor, statewide elected executive offices, and state legislatures, with data visualizations. This page includes 2022 numbers compared with historical records and recent election cycles.
  • 2022 Potential Women Candidates: A full, sortable list of announced and potential candidates for Congress, governor, and statewide elected executive offices. This page will update as filing deadlines pass and will become the final list of all filed candidates for these offices in 2022.
  •  Women as Percentage of 2022 Major-Party Candidates and Nominees: This page provides key context that goes beyond raw numbers by telling the story of how women are represented among all candidates, including comparisons with 2020 and 2018 and broken down by party.
  • Election Analysis: On the CAWP blog, find analysis from both CAWP scholars and external experts and academics about election 2022 and historical election years.

Find all this and more at CAWP’s Election Watch page.
Save the Date for Rutgers Giving Day! 
This year on March 23rd, CAWP will be participating in Rutgers Giving Day, a one-day fundraising challenge, in support of our NEW Leadership® program. Donations given through Rutgers Giving Day have the potential for additional impact as CAWP competes for various Giving Day rewards. For three decades, NEW Leadership® has shown college students how to turn their political ambitions into action by educating them about the role politics plays in their lives, introducing them to women public leaders, and encouraging them to become involved in the political process. By supporting NEW Leadership®, you’re helping prepare the next generation of leaders. Their future, our future, is in your hands. Save the date and join us for Rutgers Giving Day on March 23rd!
Deadline Extended: Apply Today to NEW Leadership®
The application deadline for this year’s Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey summer institute has been extended to March 28th! NEW Leadership® is a non-partisan college students' public leadership training program addressing women's underrepresentation in politics. This six-day residential program will take place June 9-14, 2022 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

During the summer institute, students will meet women leaders, learn about women’s participation in American politics, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and projects. After the summer institute, participants become part of NEWL’s national network of distinguished alumnae.

Applications are now due by March 28, 2022; learn more and apply today at the NEW Leadership® page on the CAWP website. CAWP is committed to including students from diverse socioeconomic, sexual orientations, sex and gender identities, and ethnic and racial backgrounds in each NEW Leadership® program.
Making History: Asian American Women Join the New Jersey Legislature
Did you miss our 2022 Ready to Run® keynote event, Making History: Asian American Women Join the New Jersey Legislature with Assemblywomen Shama Haider, Sadaf Jaffer, and Ellen Park in a conversation moderated by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter? Now you can view the entire event on CAWP's YouTube channel!
As the first Asian American women elected to the New Jersey Legislature, in a state where at least 10% of the population identify as Asian American, these new Assembly members are creating a new pathway for political equity in the garden state. As Assemblywoman Park said at the event, "We need to set the new norm. And I hope this is just the beginning." Agreed.
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