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Monday, June 29, 2020
Women elected officials database
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and...
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
'I want to see myself:' Black women mount public and private campaign for Biden to pick a Black woman running mate
Influential Black women are mounting a robust effort to persuade presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that selecting a black woman as his running mate would give him the best advantage to win the White House in November. These women --...
Monday, June 22, 2020
A quiet revolution for women in US foreign and security policy?
The Departments of Defense, State, USAID and Homeland Security recently launched plans regarding women in U.S. foreign and security policy. The joint rollout unveiled the Trump administration’s roadmap for changing the way America and its allies and...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Women candidates won big in June primaries
The June 2 primaries were a major night for women candidates, so much so that in multiple House races in New Mexico, Indiana, and Iowa, voters will choose between two women candidates this fall. Take New Mexico, where, according to primary results...
Thursday, June 11, 2020
The black women who paved the way for this moment
In cities across the United States, black activists are denouncing state-sanctioned violence and demanding radical changes to American policing. Black women leaders occupy a central role in these movements. Utilizing public spaces—such as city parks...
Friday, May 15, 2020
A ‘feminine’ crisis? Something unique about the coronavirus may be widening the political gender gap
By Danny Westneat, I’ve been getting a barrage of feedback on the big bind we have facing us — which is when, and how, we should go back to normal life and work amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus. Most of the hundreds of emailers or...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Ida B Wells: Mothers of the movement for women’s equality
Many associate the early women’s suffrage movement with suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton gained prominence with her commitment to abolition and the passing of the 13th Amendment, and quickly recognized the need for a women’s equality...
Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Coronavirus crisis is proving we need more women governors and mayors
A year that was supposed to be all about the presidency has suddenly become all about the governors. With the federal response to coronavirus lagging, national attention has turned to a group of lesser-known executive leaders now leading the fight...
Thursday, April 16, 2020
A shaken world demands balanced leadership
By Rick Zedník, In late March, as Covid-19 killed hundreds of Americans each day, Donald Trump referred to himself as a “wartime president”. Within days, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “every one of us is enlisted” to “fight”, before he...
Friday, March 27, 2020
How suffragists raced to secure women's right to vote ahead of the 1920 election
The year 1917 was highly consequential for the suffrage movement. Having lost the chance to defeat the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson, who had initially been lukewarm toward suffrage, activists set their sights on securing voting rights for...
Monday, March 09, 2020
'We still have a problem with female authority': how politics sets a trap for American women
“Gender in this race?” Senator Elizabeth Warren said outside her home on Thursday. “You know that is the trap question for every woman. If you say, ‘Yeah! There was sexism in this race,’ everyone says, ‘Whiner!’ And if you say, ‘No, there was no...
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Did first female-majority legislature in US make a difference?
Nevada made history when it became the first state in the US with a female-majority legislature, with women holding 51% of the seats, in December 2018. The moment was hailed as a great victory for women - but did having more women in power make a...
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Elizabeth Warren drops out of presidential race
Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race Thursday after failing to unite the Democratic Party’s left and right flanks behind her progressive policy agenda, the latest shakeup in a fast-moving battle for the 2020 nomination. Warren said...
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Women’s political representation and legislative achievements: How women are changing state legislatures
Women made great strides in political representation in 2018. There has been significant media attention devoted to the historic gains women made in Congress, but the shift in political representation the states was equally significant. Women’s...
Monday, February 24, 2020
On the trail of America’s first women voters
It has long been seen as one of the flukes of American political history: For three decades after the American Revolution, the women of New Jersey had equal voting rights with men. The state was the first — and for a long time, the only — to...
Friday, February 21, 2020
The future is female: How the growing political power of women will remake American politics
The most profound change in American politics today and in the years to come will result from a massive movement of women into the Democratic Party. As this realignment takes place Hillary Clinton may well go down in history as this century’s...
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Nancy Pelosi: why the house of democratic leader wants more women in Washington
For over a decade, Nancy Pelosi has been highly regarded as a trailblazer and change maker in Washington. As former Speaker of the House of Representatives—the first woman in American history to reach that milestone—and now as the Democratic Leader...
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
USA: Women predominate among the most disengaged nonvoters
Despite the fact that women are more politically active than men and have comprised a majority of voters in recent elections, a comprehensive new survey finds that women also dominate at the other end of the spectrum: They’re disproportionately...

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