September 13, 2022

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CAWP Searching to Fill New Faculty Position

The Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is hiring an associate or full professor in a joint position with the Rutgers Department of Political Science. Candidates should be well-established in the field of women and politics and have a record of research and publications in this field. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity. This position will be part of a cluster hiring initiative to create a new cohort of leading scholars in the social and behavioral sciences who have expertise in race, racism, and inequality.

This will be a tenured position; their tenure home will be in the Department of Political Science, where they will play a leading role in the Women and Politics Ph.D. subfield in the department. They will also be a scholar at CAWP and will be expected to contribute to the development of CAWP’s research agenda and participate in ongoing CAWP projects. This position will participate as a faculty member of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, teaching one course per semester in political science. They will also play a public role translating CAWP research and data for a broad public audience.

Learn more about the position and apply here.

CAWP and WNYC’s The Takeaway Partnering for Midterms Coverage 

CAWP is partnering once again with WNYC’s The Takeaway for a new series about women in the midterms, She-lection, which will follow races where both major-party nominees are women. This year, there are five gubernatorial general elections where both candidates are women. Prior to 2022, there have only been four total. There are also 39 all-woman congressional general-election contests this cycle. This series will delve into several exciting congressional and gubernatorial races this year, while also providing analysis about woman vs. woman races from the CAWP team and other experts. Listen to the first episode, featuring CAWP Scholar and Director of Research Kelly Dittmar in conversation with Takeaway host Melissa Harris-Perry, here. Follow the series wherever you get your podcasts or on The Takeaway’s website, or tune in on your local NPR station. Catch up on our previous partnership with The Takeaway at the Women Leading Locally page, and find out about all-woman races this year and historically via our fact sheet, Woman vs. Woman: Congressional and Gubernatorial Races.

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Updates from the 2022 Elections 

Primaries are being held today in Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island; these are the final primaries of the 2022 midterms (other than Louisiana’s jungle primary on Election Day), so we hope you’ve enjoyed the journey with us this year! Get real-time analysis and results for women candidates tonight on our Twitter account and check out our Election Analysis page tomorrow morning for full context.

Primaries and runoffs were held recently in Alaska, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Oklahoma. Some key moments from those races:

  • Former state Representative Mary Peltola won the Alaska special election for U.S. House and will be sworn in later today. She will be the first woman to represent Alaska in the House as well as the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress. With her swearing in there will be:
  • 147 women in Congress (27.5%), which will match the previous record high.
  • 107 Democratic women in Congress, which will mark a new record high.
  • 123 women in the U.S. House (28.3%), which will match the previous high.            
  • 91 Democratic women in the U.S. House, which will mark a new record high.
  • Three states that have never sent a woman to the U.S. House: Mississippi, North Dakota, and Vermont. Vermont is the only state that has never sent a woman to either chamber of Congress.
  • In Florida, Representative Val Demings won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. If elected, she would be the first Democratic woman and the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida. There are currently no Black women in the U.S. Senate.
  • In Oklahoma, Madison Horn won the runoff election for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator James Lankford. She joins former U.S. Representative Kendra Horn, who won the Democratic nomination for the open-seat U.S. Senate contest in Oklahoma in the June primary. If elected, either would be the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma. Madison Horn would also be the first Native American woman to represent Oklahoma in Congress as well as the first Native American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
  • Incumbent Attorney General Maura Healey won the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts. If successful in November, Healey will be the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts; former acting Governor Jane Swift (R) served in the role upon the resignation of her predecessor. Healey – along with Tina Kotek, the Democratic nominee for governor in Oregon – is also one of two openly lesbian women candidates who have won major-party gubernatorial nominations this year. Should they win, they will be the first openly lesbian women governors in U.S. history.
  • Massachusetts became the fourth state to have women nominees in the same party for both governor and lieutenant governor: Republican nominees in Arkansas and Democratic nominees in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Ohio. Women have never served simultaneously as governor and lieutenant governor in any state.
  • With former Boston City Councilwoman Andrea Campbell winning the Democratic nomination for attorney general and Rayla Campbell winning the Republican nomination for secretary of state, Massachusetts seems poised to elect its first Black woman to statewide executive office. All women who have served in statewide elective executive office in Massachusetts to date have been white.

Find out everything you need to know about this year’s primaries at CAWP’s Election Watch.

Join CYPP's Constitution Day Conversation 

CAWP is proud to cosponsor the 2022 Constitution Day conversation, On the Frontlines of Democracy, hosted by Eagleton's Center for Youth Political Participation, featuring: 

  • Secretary Leigh Chapman, Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State
  • Deputy Secretary Jordan Fuchs, Georgia Deputy Secretary of State
  • Amanda Gonzalez, Candidate for Jefferson County, Colorado Clerk
  • The Honorable Amber McReynolds, United States Postal Service Governor and Former CEO National Vote at Home Institute

The conversation will be moderated by Washington Post congressional reporter Marianna Sotomayor and opening remarks will be delivered by New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

Registration is Required

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