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July 30, 2013
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics

Making History in New Jersey




Yesterday, New Jersey's Democratic candidate for governor in 2013, State Senator Barbara Buono, named union executive Milly Silva as her running mate. New Jersey is only the third state ever to field a two-woman major party ticket in the general election for a state's top elective posts, following examples set by Democrats in Illinois in 1994 and Republicans in Kentucky in 1999. New Jersey is also making history this fall by having five women running for statewide office; two women are running for the U.S. Senate, two women are running for lieutenant governor, and one woman is running for governor. Check out our press release for more facts on women who have run for and served as lieutenant governor.  

CAWP Takes on Boston

From July 18-20, CAWP participated in two conferences to urge educators, advocates, and legislators alike to take part in our Teach a Girl to Lead initiative. At Frontiers of Democracy 2013 - a conference co-sponsored by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium - CAWP helped to coordinate a track on gender and politics, including multiple learning exchanges about how to best integrate gender into education and training on civics, public leadership, and democracy. CAWP director Debbie Walsh helped to kick off the Frontiers conference with a "short take" on the importance of making women's public leadership visible to boys and girls.



Debbie also spoke at Women in Government's 14th Annual Southern & 15th Annual Eastern Regional Conferences in downtown Boston, urging the women state legislators in attendance to help in our Teach a Girl to Lead effort by volunteering to speak to young people and mentor young women. CAWP research faculty Kelly Dittmar also spent time with eight college women selected to participate in the conference's mentoring initiative, introducing them to women and politics and urging them to look for their own opportunities for public service and leadership. Special thanks to Women in Government, a Teach a Girl to Lead ally, for launching this initiative and connecting young women with legislators at the conference. What a great program!




In Memoriam: This week, we lost two trailblazers in women's political history. Former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs (D-LA) was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and the only woman to have a room named after her in the United States Capitol. State Representative Lois DeBerry (D-TN) was the longest-serving member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, serving since 1972 and the first female speaker pro tempore of the House. Both women will be missed, but always remembered as policy champions, effective legislators, and role models for the women who have come after them.


Year of the Woman Mayor? NPR points out the Slow Ride to City Hall for Female Candidatesand PolicyMic weighs in on the subject as we approach 2013 municipal elections.


When I'm 69...: That is the age Hillary Clinton will be in January 2017, when she would be inaugurated if she ran for and won the presidency in 2016. Republican Pete Seat argues that Clinton's age will pose a challenge to her candidacy in 2016, while journalist Don Campbell rejects that claim. We ask whether the same questions about age are asked of our male presidential contenders.


Women Make a Difference: CAWP's Kelly Dittmar joined a panel of experts on Huffington Post Live to discuss the difference women are making in the United States Senate.



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