Gender Watch 2018 is a non-partisan project of the Center for American Women and Politics and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in election 2018. Gender Watch 2018 will draw upon the research and expertise of both partner organizations, as well as contributing scholars and practitioners, to inform the public dialogue and further public understanding of the myriad ways in which gender shapes political campaigns and campaigning. More specifically, the project will closely monitor and analyze the numbers, success, and strategies of women candidates in 2018.

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Center for American Women and Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers – New Brunswick, 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 over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion..

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Barbara Lee Family Foundation

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation advances women’s equality and representation in American politics through nonpartisan political research and strategic partnerships, always guided by the core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture. The Barbara Lee Family Foundation produces pragmatic guides for women on both sides of the aisle that enable candidates to maximize strategic advantages and clear hurdles on their way to public office. Since its inception in 1998, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation has studied every woman’s campaign for governor, including post-election interviews with candidates and campaign staff, and conducted real time polling on voters’ views on everything from words that work for women candidates to how to call out an opponent’s record.

For two decades, elected officials, candidates, and practitioners have used Barbara Lee Family Foundation research to better understand the obstacles and opportunities facing women in politics.

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