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Tuesday, May 26, 2015  
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May 26, 2015



A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.



Why so little power?


Federal Election Commission chair Ann Ravel conveneda forumto discuss challenges facing women in the political arena. CAWP director Debbie Walsh was among the panelists charged with defining the problem, along with Adrienne Kimmel of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation; Harvard historian Jill Lepore; and Christine Matthews, president of Bellwether Research and an expert on public opinion. A subsequent panel outlined possible solutions to women's underrepresentation.The New York TimesandEllereviewed the event.



Powerful bias


On the Bias, a new bi-weekly section ofPresidential Gender Watch 2016, will identify potential examples of gender bias in campaign coverage and place them within the context of research, noting comparative treatment of male and female candidates. Read the first post from CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmarhere.


Future power source: NEW Leadership™


NEW Leadership™ NJkicks off on June 4, andpartners around the countryare either just ahead or just behind. Every program, built on CAWP's model, is prepping women for future public leadership.CAWP director Debbie Walsh keynoted the program at The Ohio State University, which welcomed 32 students from colleges and universities across Ohio. Ohio State was one of the earliest NEW Leadership™ partners, and now OSU's John Glenn College of Public Affairs is slated to become the newest partner in CAWP's Ready to Run® National Network. WatchNews and Notesfor highlights from other partner programs in the weeks ahead!



Potential powers behind the throne?

Spouses of the presidential candidates are in theNational Journal'sspotlight.


Womanpower on the Hill

Also from theNational Journal: a report from insiders about what it's like to be a female Capitol Hill staffer -- and theirroster of the 20 most powerful womenstaffers on the Hill.


Power players: the next big woman-versus-woman race?

Roll Calllooks at the power of women in Congress, with a particular focus on Loretta Sanchez, who has thrown her hat in the ring for the 2016 race for an open Senate seat in California. The contest is being watched as a face-off between two powerful women, Sanchez and the state's attorney general, Kamala Harris.


Older woman power

That's whatThe Atlanticsees, placing the rise of powerful older political women in an evolutionary context.


Women leaders, left and right

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who faces re-election in 2016, is being challenged by women from both parties.The Hillreports that Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) will seek McCain's seat, and that State Sen. Kelli Ward is among those who may run against him in the Republican primary.





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