April 12, 2022

From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.

Debbie Walsh Joins Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway for Faces & Voices

“It was very important for me to say 'this is what excellence looks like,' because it’s diagnostic. Look around. Right now. Right here. We already have this gem…You look at a place like CAWP, and it’s the best place in the country to study these topics.” - Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway

CAWP Director Debbie Walsh recently sat down with Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway for his ongoing Faces & Voices of Rutgers series. In the series, Holloway explores different parts of the university through in-depth conversations with Rutgers faculty and staff. During their discussion, Walsh and Holloway talk about CAWP’s founding and 50-year mission to chronicle women’s political participation and expand their access to power, Walsh’s four decades at the Center and the path that brought her here, and how both Walsh and Holloway experienced civic and political awareness. Holloway also talked about the importance, as an incoming president, to not only imagine a path forward for the university, but to also recognize and promote the excellence that already exists here at Rutgers, CAWP included.

It’s a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion, and we deeply appreciate President Holloway’s interest in the Center and leadership at Rutgers. Read more and watch the full conversation at the Faces & Voices site.

Expert Outlooks: What to Watch in Election 2022


The 2022 election officially began with the first primary elections of the cycle in Texas on March 1, 2022. As we look ahead to the first push of primary contests in May 2022, CAWP has asked experts in gender and politics – scholars and practitioners alike – to provide their outlooks for the gender and intersectional dynamics to watch in this election cycle. Find links to their contributions below and stay tuned to CAWP’s Election Watch throughout the campaign for additional, and more detailed, analyses of these dynamics.

Read the full post on the CAWP Blog.

Women in Municipal Office 2022

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New data from CAWP shows slight gains for women’s representation in municipal office since we first reported this data in 2021, though women still hold less than a third of municipal offices nationwide. Women now hold 31.5% of municipal offices, including mayoral offices and city councils or similar bodies, which is a single percentage point increase from our 2021 data. Our 2022 Women in Municipal Office fact sheet has a number of resources that put this data into context by comparing states, comparing municipal to state legislative representation within states, and marking change over time.

The top five states for women’s representation in municipal office this year are Hawaii (50%), Alaska (48%), Colorado (45.3%), Oregon (41.4%), and Arizona (41.2%), while the bottom five states are Mississippi (19.7%), Nebraska (20%), Wyoming (21.4%), Indiana (21.7%), and North Dakota (22%).

Find out how your state ranks, and how it has risen or fallen in our rankings, at our 2022 Women in Municipal Office fact sheet.

Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson!


Last week, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman, and sixth woman, confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. The seeds for this historic moment were planted during the 2020 presidential election, when then-candidate Joe Biden pledged to nominate a Black woman to the court. Judge Jackson comes to SCOTUS with a depth of previous experience, having spent more time as a judge than four of her future colleagues, and she will also be the first Supreme Court justice with experience as a federal public defender.

Just three Republican senators voted to confirm Judge Jackson, two of whom are women. Also of note: zero Black women voted for Judge Jackson’s confirmation, as no Black women currently serve in the Senate. Only two Black women have ever served in the Senate in all of American history. Judge Jackson is expected to take her seat in the summer, following the departure of her predecessor, Justice Stephen Breyer, who will finish the current Supreme Court session.

Studying Legislatures at the Intersection of Gender and Race


New from CAWP scholars Kira Sanbonmatsu and Kelly Dittmar, along with their co-author Catherine Wineinger, in Cambridge University Press’s journal PS: Political Science and Politics: “Studying Legislatures at the Intersection of Gender and Race: The View from the 114th Congress.” This article revisits the 2018 book from Sanbonmatsu, Dittmar, and Susan J. Carroll, A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters, for a deeper look at the intersection of race and gender in legislative analyses.

This article provides a few examples from our semi-structured interviews that attest to the value of scholarly attention to the ways that gender and race simultaneously shape legislators’ experiences, behavior, and influence. With the rise of women of color serving in Congress (currently 50 of the 144 total women), legislative scholars would be wise to incorporate intersectional analyses in their research agendas.

Read the full article here.

The Past and Future of Democracy - A Case Professorship Conversation


From our colleagues at the Eagleton Institute of Politics: Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway will host three nationally-prominent scholars for a discussion exploring The Past and Future of Democracy — particularly the actions we can take in our troubled present to secure our democracy’s future.

Join President Holloway and Clifford P. Case Co-Professors Jill Lepore, Eric Liu, and Natalia Molina on April 15th at 1pm via Zoom.

This program is presented by the Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs, which honors Senator Case by bringing prominent and respected public servants to meet with students and deliver public remarks at Rutgers. Register now.

There’s Still Time to Apply for NEW Leadership 2022! 

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The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey summer institute is a non-partisan college students' public leadership training program addressing women's underrepresentation in politics. This six-day residential program will take place June 9-14, 2022 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During the summer institute, students will meet women leaders, learn about women’s participation in American politics, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and projects. After the summer institute, participants become part of NEWL’s national network of distinguished alumnae.

Applications are due by April 20th, 2022; learn more and apply today at the NEW Leadership® page on the CAWP website.

Not a student in New Jersey? Find a NEW Leadership® national network partner program in your state or region.

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