“Rethinking Women’s Political Power: Recognizing and Overcoming Challenges to Incumbents, Candidates, Voters and Election Officers”

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Noon-1:00 PM

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Jan Erickson, Government Relations Director, National Organization for Women, NOW and Co-President CWI and Connie Cordovilla, Fairfax County Election Officer and Vice President CWI will moderate this meeting.

Presenters include:

KDittmar Dr. Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University–Camden; and Director of Research and a Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University (https://cawp.rutgers.edu). Kelly authored the recently released report “Rethinking Women’s Political Power.” The Report, https://rethinkingpower.rutgers.edu/ examines at the state and local level (1) women’s navigation of the political ecosystem; (2) perceptions about women’s political power and progress, (3) an assessment of the support infrastructure for women in politics in the state (including its service of women across party and racial/ethnic lines); (4) views on the strength and influence of political parties in the state; (5) perceptions on where and with whom political power lies in the state; and (6) insights into opportunities for increasing women’s political power.

MKornberg Dr. Maya Kornberg, Ph.D. is a research fellow in the Brennan Center for Justice’s Elections and Government Program, where she leads work related to information and disinformation in politics, Congress, civic engagement, and money in politics. Maya is also the author of the recent book “Inside Congressional Committees: Function and Dysfunction in the Legislative Process” (Columbia University Press, 2023.) She will be presenting the new Brennan Center report entitled “Intimidation of State and Local Officeholders: The Threat to Democracy,” which she recently co-authored. The report explores hostility faced by local and state officeholders in the United States. The results show that the majority of state and local officials surveyed face hostility, with women and people of color reporting higher levels of violence than their white male colleagues. Many electeds are worried about their family and staff (with women and people of color expressing more concern.) The impact on democracy is also worrisome. A critical mass of respondents shared that they are reluctant to engage with constituents, take on controversial issues, and run for higher office. The research highlights important trends in a growing problem for American democracy. The report also details a number of recommendations for combatting this trend.

Resource Sheet For Fighting the Intimidation of Voters and Election Officers:
Brennan Center Reports on Intimidation of Office Holders, Election Workers and Voters 
Intimidation of Voters and Election Workers Resource Guide- https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voter-intimidation-and-election-worker-intimidation-resource-guide
Another Barrier to Latino Representation: Intimidation of Election Officials—https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/another-barrier-latino-representation-intimidation-election-officials
Intimidation of State and Local Officeholders  https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/intimidation-state-and-local-officeholders 
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Know Your Rights: Voter Intimidation https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_pdf_file/kyr-voterintimidation-v03.pdf 
Georgetown Law School, Fact Sheet: Protecting Against Voter Intimidation https://www.law.georgetown.edu/icap/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/10/Voter-Intimidation-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Advancement Project, What to Do if You Experience Intimidation at the Polls https://advancementproject.org/what-to-do-if-you-experience-intimidation-at-the-polls/
United States Election Assistance Commission, Security Resources for Election Officials https://www.eac.gov/election-officials/election-official-security
Brookings Institution, One Way to Protect Female Election Officials from Harassment https://www.brookings.edu/articles/one-way-to-protect-female-election-officials-from-harassment/

The next CWI meeting is March 26, 2024 at noon on zoom and in person to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CWI, Ms. Magazine and other feminist organizations.