March 19, 2018
Off to the (Primary) Races

The primary election season has begun. How are women faring? Gender Watch 2018 will provide outlooks on women candidates ahead of each state's primary, as well as post-primary analyses of women's success in congressional and statewide contests. 

TEXAS: See our pre-election outlook and post-election analysis of women candidates in the Texas primary.
ILLINOIS: In addition to our outlook on women candidates in tomorrow's primary election in Illinois, CAWP scholar and Gender Watch 2018 expert Kelly Dittmar explains why it is noteworthy that the majority of women running statewide are women of color. 
How Gender is Shaping the 2018 Midterms
Barbara Lee, the founder and president of
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation , and Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers, lay out the many ways in which gender is likely to shape election 2018 and why both organizations are partnering on Gender Watch 2018. Read their pi ece in  The Hill.
Expert Analysis

Is it important to elect more women candidates? It depends on who you ask. 
Gender Watch expert contributor Christine Matthews   provides key statistics on partisan disparities in perceptions that we need more women in government and advises women running this year to focus more on the issues and priorities of their constituencies rather than on their potential to make history.
What Every Woman Can Learn from Oprah's Magnus Opus
Gender Watch expert contributor Christine Jahnke outlines five ways women who are running to shake up the status quo can deliver a rousing call for change.

Is Now Truly the Time for Women Candidates?
Gender Watch 2018 partner and expert Barbara Lee discusses new research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation that shows how 2018 is a uniquely favorable year for women candidates on both sides of the aisle. 

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