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August 13, 2013
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics

More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures 

CAWP senior scholars and professors of political science Susan Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu analyze data from the Center's nationwide surveys of state legislators in their new book from Oxford University Press. They challenge assumptions of a single model of candidate emergence and argue for an alternative model of candidacy that recognizes that, for women, running for office is often a relationally embedded decision. More Women Can Run reorients research on women's election to office and offers strategies for political practitioners concerned about women's political equality. Order here.

CAWP on the Road  

Senior communications officer Kathy Kleeman was a panelist for a session about the upcoming New Jersey elections at "From the Textbook to the Polling Booth: Linking Democratic Political Thought to the Practice of Politics," a summer institute for social studies teachers sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and led by the Eagleton Institute's Dr. Elizabeth Matto. Kleeman addressed women's participation as candidates and voters. At another institute session, she led participants in a game of Jeopardy focused on New Jersey politics, testing their knowledge of basic facts about government in the Garden State.

Women to Watch: Historical Division 

CAWP has lots of new additions to our bookshelves, courtesy of several publishers. For our Teach A Girl to Lead™ initiative, we've asked publishers to send us books that portray women as leaders. Among the first to arrive: biographies of Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, and Sacagawea. Drawn from the Childhood of Famous Americans series published by Aladdin, each book tells the story of a woman who changed the world. If you have a young reader -- girl or boy -- in your house, check out these inspiring stories! And let us know what your young reader thinks.

GROWing Republican Women's Representation: National Journal discusses the GOP's "woman problem," profiling a new initiative by the NRCC to engage and elect more Republican women.


An Iowa woman in Congress? It sounds like history could be made in Iowa's 2014 congressional elections. Iowa is one of four states that has never sent a woman to Congress.


Oprah's New Favorite Thing - Politics: Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been more vocal than usual in recent political races - from her support for President Obama to holding a fundraiser for NJ Senate candidate Cory Booker.


The Road to 2016: CBS News asks if 2016 will be the year of the presidential woman and the speculation about a bid by Hillary Clinton continues. Even Anthony Weiner is weighing in.


Scandalous Women: Discussing why so few elected women are embroiled in scandal compared to elected men, Dr. Jeanne Zaino writes that the true sign of women's political equality will be when female politicians "can be as flawed as their male counterparts...and are treated the same in the aftermath."  

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