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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...
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, 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...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Why do people really dislike the women running for President?
By Amanda Arnold, Regardless of their stance on universal health care, their voting record, or endorsements, the women running for president have been haunted by the same question: Are they “likable”? While all politicians are evaluated in terms of...
Friday, November 22, 2019
Women and politics: Too emotional?
By Becca Blaser, In a recent Twitter exchange, a female journalist stated that United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “frequent crying” reinforce stereotypes that women are too emotional for politics. The journalist was...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Why American politics needs gender quota
By Adriana Piatti-Crocker, After the 2018 elections, many Americans celebrated the unprecedented number of women gaining seats to Congress. There was reason to celebrate: both the House and Senate included more women than ever before, with...
Friday, August 30, 2019
Women ran. Women won. Women changed the rules of American politics
By Kathleen Townsend, “See Jane Win” is a bracing antidote to that dreadful November election night in 2016 when women of the world watched as their champion, so close to shattering the highest glass ceiling, lost to a self-avowed assaulter. As the...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Women's Equality Day is a timely reminder of the impact women voters have on elections
In 1973, Congress declared August 26th "Women's Equality Day." The date, according to the National Women's History Alliance, celebrates the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and brings awareness to the continued...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
When you’re not the ‘pick of the establishment’
By Caitlin Moscatello, The past few years have been groundbreaking for women in politics: In 2018, more women campaigned for elected office than at any time in U.S. history, and there are now more women in Congress and state legislatures than ever...
Friday, August 23, 2019
Women are mysteriously missing from D.C. think tanks’ foreign policy panels. Here’s the data.
Although women make up half the world’s population and a growing proportion of scholars and analysts, they’re often absent in convenings of “experts.” That’s true across a number of industries, according to an event management company’s report on...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Women candidates are constantly asked about their electability. Here are 5 reasons that’s misguided.
An August poll highlights a trend that’s emerged in the 2020 presidential cycle thus far: Voters favor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as one of their top choices for the Democratic nomination when the focus isn’t on “electability.” When it is, they...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Women have made huge strides in politics. But we have more to do
By Suzanne Moore, Karen Peterson and Liane Sorenson, While it seems as if the 2018 election — and its historic gains for women — was only yesterday, the 2020 election is already the subject of considerable national attention. Before focusing on 2020...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Why sexist coverage of women in politics matters
By Dustin Harp, “The first time I met Elizabeth Warren, she had just come home from a walk with her husband and her dog at Fresh Pond, the reservoir near her house in Cambridge, Mass. It was a sunny day in February, a couple of weeks after Warren ...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Why men thought women weren’t made to vote
William T. Sedgwick believed that no good could come of letting women vote. “It would mean a degeneration and a degradation of human fiber which would turn back the hands of time a thousand years,” Sedgwick said in 1914. “Hence it will probably...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Women are 'less effective in politics than men', 1 in 5 democratic and independent male voters say in poll
More than three-quarters of Democrats say gender and sexism factored into Hillary Clinton's 2016 election loss and a significant percentage of left-leaning male voters still don't trust a woman to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. One-in-five (...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Why it would take one million women to reach gender parity in american politics
More women were elected to Congress in 2018 than ever before, but for Congress to reach gender parity, a million women would need to run for office according to research from She Should Run. Erin Loos Cutraro, CEO of She Should Run, joins Cheddar to...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Why longer lives mean the future of US politics is female
By Nick Fouriezos, Women live longer than men. And in the realm of politics, simply sticking around has an advantage, as seniority often dictates power — particularly in Congress and state legislatures. But that hasn’t helped women traditionally....
Thursday, April 18, 2019
WGBH News investigates gender diversity in local politics with ambitious digital project
More than 500. That’s how many phone calls and emails Laura Colarusso, WGBH News digital managing editor, and Emily Judem, digital producer, made to Massachusetts city and town governments to gather information about women in local politics for...

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