The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
CAWP’s education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women’s under-representation in political leadership with effective, imaginative programs serving a variety of audiences. As the world has watched Americans considering female candidates for the nation's highest offices, CAWP’s nearly four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion.
Principal StaffDebbie Walsh, Director
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Susan J. Carroll, Senior Scholar
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Katherine Kleeman, Senior Communications Officer
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Gilda Morales, Project Manager, Information Services
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Susan Nemeth, Director of Development
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Sasha Patterson, Program Manager, NEW Leadership
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Jean Sinzdak, Program Manager, Program for Women Public Officials
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Jessica Rowan, Administrative Assistant
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Areas of Expertise:Awareness & Education , Disparities , Higher Education , Leadership in Government, Politics, and Business , Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies , Communications, Culture & Society , Education & Education Reform , Equality, Diversity & Inclusion , Women's & Girls' Leadership 
Reports & Resources
Carroll, Susan J. and Richard L. Fox, Ed. 2009. Gender and Elections. Cambridge University Press.
Book chapter by Carroll, Susan J. 2008. Voting the Gender Gap, Ed. Lois Duke Whitaker.
University of Illinois Press.
Book chapter by Sanbonmatsu, Kira. 2008. Political Women and American Democracy, Eds. Christina Wolbrecht, Karen Beckwith, and Lisa Baldez. Cambridge University Press.
Sanbonmatsu, Kira, and Kathleen Dolan. 2008. Do Gender Stereotypes Transcend Party? Political Research Quarterly.
Dolan, Kathleen, and Kira Sanbonmatsu. 2008. Gender Stereotypes and Attitudes Toward Gender Balance in Government.
American Politics Research.
Book chapter by Mandel, Ruth B. 2007. Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change, Eds. Barbara Kellerman and Deborah L. Rhode. Jossey-Bass J-B Warren Bennis Series.
CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The NEW Leadership summer institute is an intensive residential program which educates college women about politics and policy making and inspires them to get involved in the political process. During the six day program students meet with women in a variety of roles in the public sphere, learn about women’s political participation, explore ideas about leadership and politics, and participate in hands-on skills building exercises.
To learn more visit: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/education_training/NEWLeadership/newleadership_about.php