March 16, 2021
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
CAWP Hosting New Ready to Run® 2021 Virtual Session
The next session in CAWP’s Ready to Run® virtual training series is OUT to Run: Empowering LGBTQ+ Political Leaders, scheduled for Friday March 26th at 2pm ET. The panel will discuss the importance of having more LGBTQ+ individuals engaged in politics and public life, including as elected or appointed officials, lobbyists, and party leaders. Confirmed participants in the still-forming panel include Danni Newbury, Rahway Council president and Coordinator of the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and Jeannine LaRue, Senior Vice President of Kaufman Zita Group, in conversation about why participants should be involved in politics in some way, the experience of running for and serving in elected office, and how to be involved politically besides running for office, particularly in campaign leadership. Learn more and register here.
NEW Leadership® Application Deadline Extended
The application due date for the 2021 NEW Leadership® virtual summer institute has been extended to Monday, April 19thJoin the next generation of public leaders and meet diverse students from around the country, hear from distinguished women political leaders, and participate in exclusive workshops designed to teach skills in advocacy, networking, politics, and public leadership.

In collaboration with CAWP's NEWL® National Network partners in over 15 states, the 2021 Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey summer institute for college women will be held virtually for five half-day sessions over the course of two weeks in June. Week one sessions will be on June 9th and 10th and Week two sessions will be from June 14th to 16th.

Students will participate in a series of virtual sessions and will have access to online resources; those participating in New Jersey will also receive a NEWL® New Jersey care package and a daily food delivery gift card to defray the cost of their meals during the program. Pending the reopening of Rutgers University, students in New Jersey will also have the opportunity to attend a one-day, in-person NEW Leadership® program in the Fall 2021 semester at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Undergraduate students at any 2- or 4-year college or university in NJ and NJ residents attending any college or university in another state are eligible to apply for NEW Leadership® New Jersey here. There is no direct cost to applicants and students of all backgrounds, majors, and interests are encouraged to participate. Learn more about NEW Leadership® 2021, including application and participation information from our partner programs here
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Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Person to Head a Cabinet Agency
Last night, the Senate voted to confirm Deb Haaland as secretary of the Interior; she becomes the first Native American person to head a Cabinet agency. Haaland had already made history when she became, along with Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress in 2018. On our Milestones for Women in Politics page, you can find a more firsts for Native American women throughout the history of American politics, including Cora Belle Reynolds, the first Native American woman to serve in a state legislature, the groundbreaking vice presidential candidacy of LaDonna Harris, and Wilma Mankiller, the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. You can find all the Native American women CAWP has been able to record who have served at the state legislative, statewide elected executive, and congressional levels historically in the CAWP Women Elected Officials Database. Learn more about the women in the Biden administration at our High-Level Presidential Appointments page and in presidential Cabinets historically via our Women in Presidential Cabinets factsheet.
Kira Sanbonmatsu: Reflections on Women’s History Month
CAWP Senior Scholar Kira Sanbonmatsu contributed to a Rutgers Today article on Women’s History Month, writing about her recent research, The Money Hurdle in the Race for Governor. “Women have tremendous power as voters and vote at higher rates than men,” she wrote. “But in our report, men outpace women as donors; men are more likely to contribute to races for governor and give more. Thus, women’s political voice as donors has yet to be realized.” Read the full piece from Sanbonmatsu, as well as other Rutgers reflections on Women’s History Month, at Rutgers Today.
Jean Sinzdak Testifies Before Vermont Legislature About Childcare and Campaign Funds
CAWP Associate Director Jean Sinzdak spoke before the Vermont State House Committee on Government Operations in support of a bill that would allow candidates for office to use campaign funds for childcare. Sinzdak told the committee that “we care about this issue because we want to level the playing field and make sure that more people can get engaged with politics in any way. We know that the costs of childcare and dependent care are very expensive. They’re rising. More and more people are, particularly, caring for older relatives. It’s going to be an issue that affects both men and women. They both pay economic and opportunity costs related to this issue. So anything that makes it easier for newcomers to enter the political field is desirable.” See the latest information about campaign funds and childcare, and see how your state handles the issue, at our fact sheet State Candidates and the Use of Campaign Funds for Childcare Expenses.
CAWP's Claire Gothreau Writes for Ms. Magazine
CAWP Research Associate Claire Gothreau published a piece in Ms. Magazine about our recently revamped fact sheets about women voters and the gender gap. Our expanded data collection on the gender gap in vote choice, turnout, party ID, and presidential performance ratings deepens our knowledge of women voters and provides a broader, more nuanced look at women as political actors in America. “The notion of the ‘gender gap’ has its utility. Ultimately, across demographic groups, women tend to diverge from men in meaningful and systematic ways,” Gothreau writes. “However, women are neither a monolith in their political beliefs, nor a unified voting bloc. Not all women are moved by the same issues and concerns, and cross-cutting identities of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation often pull women voters in different directions, particularly in the hyper-partisan context of American politics. Instead of trying to characterize women voters uniformly, we would be better served to recognize the diversity among and within groups of women.” Read the full piece here.
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