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  • Reaching Higher: Black Women in American Politics 2021



    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the status of Black women in American politics as of September 2021. 

    Report
    Research
    Women of Color in Politics
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local






  • Black Women in American Politics 2019



    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This update from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the status of Black women in American politics in the fall of 2019.

    Report
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Women of Color in Politics
    State Legislature
    Local
    Statewide Executive
    Congress






  • The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018



    By Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This update from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the status of Black women in American politics at the start of 2018.

    Report
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Women of Color in Politics
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local






  • Black Women in American Politics: 2017 Status Update



    By Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D. 

    This update highlights the key wins for women of color overall – and Black women in particular - in election 2016. The data demonstrate that, even with the gains Black women saw at some levels of office in 2016, there is more work to do to ensure that Black women’s representation in elected office reflects their presence in American society. 

    Report
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Women of Color in Politics
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local






  • Voices. Votes. Leadership. The Status of Black Women in American Politics 2015



    By the Center for American Women and Politics for Higher Heights Leadership Fund, 2015
    Authored by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D, Assistant Research Professor, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University


    This comprehensive report provides a historical outline of Black women’s struggle for political representation. It discusses the current landscape of political leadership for Black women across the country and across levels of office, their growing political influence, and the outlook for Black women's participation in the 2016 elections. It demonstrates the need for greater engagement, recruitment, and inclusion of Black women in politics and government.

    Report
    Research
    Women of Color in Politics
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local






  • The Status of Black Women in American Politics 2014



    By the Center for American Women and Politics for Higher Heights Leadership Fund, 2014
    Authored by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D, Assistant Research Professor, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

    This comprehensive report provides a historical outline of black women’s struggle for political representation and discusses the current landscape of political leadership for black women across the country as well as their growing political influence. It demonstrates the need for greater engagement, recruitment, and inclusion of black women in politics and government.

    Report
    Research
    Women of Color in Politics
    State Legislature
    Local
    Statewide Executive
    Congress






  • Entering the Mayor’s Office: Women’s Decisions to Run for Municipal Office



    by Susan J. Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu
    Paper presented at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting

    This paper investigates the routes that women take to the mayor’s office in big cities (with populations of 30,000 and above) using the 2008 CAWP Mayoral Recruitment Study. The authors investigate the backgrounds of women mayors and their decisions to seek municipal office for the first time.

    Conference Paper
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Candidate Recruitment
    Local






  • CAWP Recruitment Studies Datasets



    The 2008 Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Recruitment Studies are studies of United States state legislators' and mayors' pathways to office that were conducted by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Data about state legislators and mayors of big cities were gathered through survey instruments that consisted primarily of questions concerning the decision to seek office, previous political experience, and personal background. The studies, which were conducted by mail, web, and phone, were designed to replicate a 1981 CAWP study about gender and pathways to

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    CAWP Scholar
    Candidate Recruitment
    State Legislature
    Local






  • The Impact of Women in Public Office



    Edited by Susan J. Carroll 
    Indiana University Press, 2001, 256 pages

    The studies in this book examine the impact of women public officials serving in various offices and locales at local, state, and national levels.  Order from Amazon and a percentage of the sale goes to CAWP.

    Book
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Impact of Women Public Officials
    State Legislature
    Local
    Statewide Executive
    Congress






  • Gender and Policymaking: Studies of Women in Office



    Ed. Debra L. Dodson 
    Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1991, 133 pages

    This collection of essays investigates the impact of elected and appointed women officeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

    Report
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Women Political Appointees
    Impact of Women Public Officials
    State Legislature
    Local
    Congress