Reposted from the Center for American Women and Politics
CAWP NEWS & NOTES
A newsletter to keep you informed about all
things women and politics from the Center for American Women and
Politics, Rutgers University
CAWP Welcomes Leader Pelosi
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Rutgers for a conversation
with CAWP director Debbie Walsh. More than 500 students, faculty, staff
and friends of the Center were inspired by Leader Pelosi's observations
on leadership, policy, and the experience and impact of women in
Congress. If you weren't one of the lucky audience members, you can
still catch the discussion here.
Eileen Fisher Supports CAWP with All-Day Sales Event
Special thanks to Eileen Fisher for an unprecedented boost to our work!
Saturday, March 22 was a great day to shop - and support women's
leadership programs. Every Eileen Fisher store in the U.S participated,
with 10% of the day's proceeds going to CAWP's NEW Leadership™ and Ready
to Run™ programs, both in New Jersey and around the country. CAWP
created a special post-card for the occasion to invite a woman to consider running for office (see below). Also highlighted during the event: Rebecca Sive's Every Day is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. Thanks to our partners and friends around the country who helped make the day a success.
You Can Still Ask a Woman to Run!
The sales event is over, but it's never too late to ask a woman you know to step forward as a candidate! Use our post-card to tell her why she'd be a great officeholder and connect her to resources at CAWP.
More NJ Women are Now Ready to Run
Ready to Run™ NJ brought women from across the Garden State - as well
as visitors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and even Colorado - to
master the nuts and bolts of campaigning to win.
Grace Meng (NY) keynoted the Diversity Initiatives, explaining how, as
the only Asian American lawmaker in New York State, she learned from
other legislators of color; after her talk, sessions for Eleccion
Latina, Run Sister Run, and Rising Stars gave women of color their own
opportunities to learn from those already engaged in politics how they
can take the plunge themselves.
Ready to Run™ keynoter Celinda Lake brought a wealth of must-have information for women candidates, and communications expert Chris Jahnke prepped participants to conquer
the camera. Tara Dowdell demystified social media and explained the
best ways to use Facebook, Twitter and other online channels for
campaign outreach. A panel of campaign finance experts, led by Gail
Gordon, delved into the complexities of raising (and reporting!) the
dollars needed for a successful run. And workshops brought the best of
New Jersey's political experts - candidates, officeholders, strategists
and more - to an eager audience of up-and-coming pols. As always, we are
tremendously grateful to the experts who volunteered their time to make
sure New Jersey's political pipeline is filled with women who are ready
Hear How the Magic Happens
Have you ever wondered how CAWP keeps all of the facts on women in office up to date? Check out this staff spotlight of the woman responsible for it all: Gilda Morales, CAWP's Project Manager for Information Services.
Presidential Politics Hear CAWP Senior Scholar Sue Carroll's perspective on the White House's recent push for pay equity on NPR's Morning Edition.
Documenting Female Political Trailblazers
Two recently released documentaries highlight women who made political history. ANITA: Speaking Truth to Powertells
the story of Anita Hill's historic testimony in the Clarence Thomas
confirmation hearings, as well as her efforts on behalf of women and
against sexual harassment since then. Professor Hill recently spoke
about her work and the film on WNYC. Last weekend, Showtime aired Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,
a documentary about Ferraro's 1984 vice presidential candidacy - the
first for any woman on a major party ticket. Bloomberg's Al Hunt
reflects on the film and Ferraro's legacy in his latestcolumn.