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Making Real Change – Past, Present and Future

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When you’ve spent a lifetime fighting to make New Jersey a better place for all its residents, what can you do to secure that legacy and encourage others to follow in your footsteps? Well, if you’re Senate Majority Leader (and progressive godmother) Loretta Weinberg, you can raise a little awareness and a lot of money to make it possible.

And, that’s exactly what she did at an event last night in Bergen County, raising over $100k for the Loretta Weinberg Legacy Fund at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). CAWP is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, whose self-described 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.”

And let’s face it, few know more about women’s participation in politics and government or have had greater influence and leadership than Senator Weinberg, whose daughter Francine last night described her (as only a child can, with love) as “a modern day caped crusading change maker – part nag, part superhero.”  

Campaign training for women candidates: Are you what’s next?

We had three women running for Congress from this state, which has not sent a woman to the House since Republican Marge Roukema in left in 2003, and has not elected a Democratic woman in nearly 40 years, that was Helen Stevenson Meyner, elected in 1975 and returned for one term in 1979. Bonnie Watson Coleman will make history. Aimee Belgard ran the only race the national Dems rewarded with resources; she was hard-charging, but she lost. Janice Kovach ran a much weaker, and poorly funded race in a challenging district; she lost.

Women are underrepresented in New Jersey government – take a look at these numbers. How deep is our bench of women ready to make policy at the federal level? How many women who are natural leaders in their own community don’t even realize they’re exactly who should be elected to run those communities?

Maybe you’re who should be running? I want to bring two trainings to your attention that may be able to help you figure that out. Both of them are enrolling now, but they’re very different. Below the fold: Ready to Run & Emerge NJ. You should check them out:  

Coming to Empower & Educate Women Candidates in 2014: Rep. Donna Edwards

Rep. Donna EdwardsThe Center for American Women and Politics, the ground-breaking training ground for women’s rise in elected politics, is announcing its incoming 2014 Winona Lipman Chair in Women’s Political Leadership. She is Rep. Donna Edwards, Democrat of Maryland’s 4th congressional district, which includes much of the Washington, D.C. suburbs. The first African-American woman ever elected to Congress from Maryland.

Edwards (Twitter: @repdonnaedwards) will give a public lecture at Rutgers next April 23rd. She follows a line of former Lipman Chairs, including Donna Brazile (my favorite, because she made herself available for a strategy session on the fly for a campaign I was working on), Valerie Jarrett, congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Eleanor Holmes Norton, journalist Gwen Ifill and South African anti-apartheid activist Hon. Gertrude Foster (list here). Melody Barnes is the 2013 honoree.

When we talk about the kinds of people we hope to see enter and succeed in elected office, when we bring up names like Marie Corfield who bring an activist’s drive to politics, we could be talking about someone whose had the trajectory into Congress that Donna Edwards has.