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Seven in 10 Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Trump

Frank Newport and Lydia Saad, Gallup – April 1, 2016

Donald Trump’s image among U.S. women tilts strongly negative, with 70% of women holding an unfavorable opinion and 23% a favorable opinion of the Republican front-runner in March. Trump’s unfavorable rating among women has been high since Gallup began tracking it last July, but after rising slightly last fall, it has increased even further since January.

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A Vote for Bernie Is a Feminist Act

Shiva Bayat, Slate – February 19, 2016

So what is it that draws young women—women such as myself—to Bernie Sanders? Hillary, after all, is the first viable female Democratic candidate to run for president. Do we not understand the historic significance of this race and the power of representation? Second-wave feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright will suggest we are naïve, or even ungrateful for the hard work done by our predecessors who have paved the way for a woman to run for the highest office in the land. Fear not! Feminism is alive and well among us millennials and has the stamp of our era. We have a hard time rallying behind Hillary because we see her as a part of a political elite that has done the utmost psychological, environmental, and economic damage to this country.

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Clinton Gains Support From 170 African American Women Leaders

Michael Cottman, NBC News – February 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton, looking ahead to the South Carolina primary, is strategically mobilizing black voters during a critical stretch in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that more than 170 prominent African American women leaders have endorsed the former Secretary of State in her bid to become the nation’s first female president.

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Presidential Gender Watch Experts Available for Comment on Impact of Gender at Iowa Caucuses

Presidential Gender Watch, a nonpartisan project of the Center for American Women and Politics
(CAWP) and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the
2016 presidential election, will have experts available for comment on the Iowa caucuses both on the ground in Des Moines and via phone. Experts will be on the ground in Iowa 1/29-2/1.

Presidential Gender Watch 2016 (PGW) draws upon the research and expertise of both partner organizations, as well as other experts, to further public understanding of how gender influences candidate strategy, voter engagement and expectations, media coverage, and electoral outcomes in the race for the nation’s highest executive office. Our goal is to lend expert analysis to the dialogue around gender throughout the election season.

Debbie Walsh: Director, CAWP (in Iowa)
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. As director, Walsh oversees CAWP’s multifaceted programs that include: leadership and campaign training programs that empower women of all ages to participate fully in politics and public life; research illuminating women’s distinctive contributions, roles and experiences in politics and government; and up-to-the-minute information and historical perspectives about women as candidates, public officials and voters.

Kelly Dittmar: Assistant Professor of Political Science, CAWP (in Iowa)
As an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University–Camden and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, she has authored multiple book chapters on gender and presidential politics and is the author of Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns. Dittmar’s research focuses on gender and American political institutions with a particular focus on how gender informs campaigns and the impact of gender diversity among elites in policy and political decisions, priorities, and processes. She writes regularly about gender in the 2016 election at

Adrienne Kimmell: Executive Director, Barbara Lee Family Foundation (via phone)
As executive director, Kimmell leads the Barbara Lee Family Foundation’s nonpartisan efforts to advance women’s political equality. The Barbara Lee Family Foundation advances women’s equality and representation in American politics through nonpartisan political research, strategic partnerships, and grant-making. The Foundation has studied every woman’s campaign for governor on both sides of the aisle since 1998, producing pragmatic guides that illuminate the obstacles and opportunities facing women in politics. Kimmell’s expertise and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation’s research has been cited in news outlets including the Washington Post, National Journal, Boston Globe, New York Times, and Politico.

The experts at the Center for American Women and Politics can be reached through director Debbie Walsh (, 848-932-8799). Those at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation can be contacted through communications director Erin Souza-Rezendes (, 774-644-0176).

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Trump Manager: ‘Megyn Kelly Is Totally Obsessed With Mr. Trump’

Adam Howard, NBC News – January 27, 2016

Donald Trump’s latest feud with the Fox News cable network escalated once again on Wednesday morning, when the GOP front-runner’s campaign manager claimed that upcoming debate moderator Megyn Kelly is “obsessed” with bringing down the candidate.

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What Will They Call Hillary Clinton if She Wins?

Karen Blumenthal, The Guardian – January 13, 2016

She was dubbed “Lady Macbeth in a headband”, as well as a “radical feminist”. When the conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh began to popularise the word “feminazi”, Hillary more or less became its definition. Over the years, she was also called a harpy, a shrew, and a scold. The most creative was succubus, meaning a female demon who, according to legend, has sex with sleeping men. Except for the latter (thank you, incubus), there are very few equivalent (and printable) words for men perceived as overbearing or ill-tempered.

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Play #SOTU Bingo with PGW and AAUW!

Presidential Gender Watch will join AAUW in playing State of the Union bingo on Tuesday, January 12th at 9pm EST. Each bingo card contains some of the key words women and girls want to hear from Obama in his final year as president. Simply print out a card, grab your favorite marker, and you’re ready to play.

Tweet your progress and a picture of your winning card with #AAUWSOTU#SOTU, or #GENDERWATCH2016. We’ll be watching and even awarding some prizes!

Click on a card below to download and play!

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Donald Trump Takes a Gentler, More Personable Tone in New Hampshire

Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post – December 2, 2015

In these sorts of intimate settings, a different candidate emerges. Rather than screaming over the roar of a crowd, Trump’s demeanor was softer, his rhetoric was more personable and family friendly. He didn’t curse, and his attacks on rival candidates largely focused on their positions instead of their personalities — so he still went after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for being “very, very weak” on immigration but he didn’t call him a kid or a baby, as he has in the past. And Trump didn’t dwell on his hatred of the media.

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Focus Groups: Clinton Lost the Debate Because She’s “Tame.” Sanders Won Because He’s “Strong.”

Dara Lind, Vox – October 14, 2015

Political reporters and pundits think Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic presidential debate. The focus groups called it for Bernie Sanders. But the reason for the split should be discouraging for fans of either candidate.

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