February 15, 2022
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This Week in Ready to Run®
Last week, our 2022 Ready to Run® virtual campaign training series launched with Celinda Lake’s session, What Women Candidates Need to Know, and this week we’ve got four exciting sessions that will inspire you and prepare you for deeper political engagement.

Wednesday, February 16th at 1pm ET: Making History: Asian American Women Join the New Jersey Legislature. Assemblymembers Shama Haider, Sadaf Jaffer, and Ellen Park keynote our 2022 series to discuss becoming the first Asian American women elected to the New Jersey Legislature and what it means to have diverse voices at policymaking tables. Moderated by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter.

Thursday, February 17th at 10am ET: Run Sister Run: Women of the African Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape. This panel discussion gives real advice from the real experts — women who have done it themselves.

Thursday, February 17th at 12:30pm ET: Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics. This roundtable features women in the Asian American community who have been involved in public leadership in various ways, including elected or appointed officials, campaign workers, and non-profit leaders.

Friday, February 18th at 1pm ET: Launching Your Campaign. Eva Pusateri, president and founder of Expert Communications and Training, Inc., provides a focused overview of key elements of your campaign plan.

Learn more about these sessions, as well as upcoming sessions in our virtual campaign training series, at the 2022 Ready to Run® page on the CAWP website.
Changes to How We Report Race and Ethnicity 
CAWP will no longer report an aggregate number of “women of color” in our data collections on candidates and officeholders and will instead provide disaggregated data for all women by race and ethnicity. This change is guided by our desire to move away from treatment of women as monolithic and challenge the centering of whiteness as a default racial/ethnic category. Providing information on women’s racial/ethnic self-identities offers users of our data the opportunity to see the rich diversity among them and make more detailed assessments about the status of women in elective office.

For practical purposes, this means that there is no longer a Woman of Color in Office fact sheet on our newly-redesigned website. Instead, at our new Women Officeholders by Race and Ethnicity fact sheet, we provide an overview of women officeholders who identify as Asian American/Pacific Islander, Black, Latina, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, white, and multiracial alone. This page also contains links to more detailed information about women in each of these respective categories. Women who identify as more than one race are included in each category with which they identify; for example, Vice President Kamala Harris is included in our data on Asian American/Pacific Islander women and Black women. Our information for race and ethnicity among candidates in election 2022, which is still being collected, will also follow a similar format.

If you would like to learn more about our decision to rethink our reporting on race and ethnicity, and understand our data collection process, please read our Methodological Statement on Race and Ethnicity.
NEW Leadership® 2022 Application Deadline Approaching! 
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. NEW Leadership® (National Education for Women’s Leadership) is a six-day residential program that 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 alums.

Applications are due by February 28, 2022; learn more and apply today at the NEW Leadership® page on the CAWP website. CAWP is committed to including students from diverse socioeconomic, sexual orientations, sex and gender identities, and ethnic and racial backgrounds in each NEW Leadership® program.
CAWP programs expand the horizons of the next generation leaders. 
CAWP Research Grantees in The Washington Post
CAWP Research Grant recipients Nadia E. Brown, Christopher Clark, and Anna Mitchell Mahoney contributed a piece to The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, “Happy 50th anniversary, women’s legislative caucuses! Here’s how to be even more effective.” In their Monkey Cage article, they note that their “research finds that Black women lawmakers can be highly influential in identity-based caucuses. They draw from their raced and gendered identities to push single-axis caucuses such as the Black Caucus or the Women’s Caucus to think more holistically and intersectionally about politics.”

Read the full post on The Washington Post website, and learn more about their CAWP Research Grant project, “Bridges: How Black Women Coordinate the Lawmaking Efforts of Identity-Based Caucuses,” on our CAWP Research Grant 2021 Recipients page.
RU Running?
On Tuesday, February 22nd at 12pm ET, join the Center for Youth Political Participation at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and CAWP’s NEW Leadership® National Network for Session I of RU Running?, a political campaign training workshop for college students. Session I will feature a panel of young elected leaders from New Jersey sharing their campaign insight. Panelists include Rahway Board of Education President Brittany Hale, Waldwick City Councilor Kathleen Cericola, Parsippany-Troy Hills City Councilor Justin Musella, and Moorestown City Councilor Quinton Law. Learn more and get registered here.
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