Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University

Signatory: Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics

Joined: November 2015

Contact: Kira Sanbonmatsu, Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics

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The Center for American Women and Politics continues to:


  • Collect data regarding women of color as candidates and officeholders at the local, state and national level
  • Work with Higher Heights for America to produce the Status of Black Women in Politics report
  • Develop and implement campaign training programs for women of color
  • Support individual CAWP scholars conducting their own research in this area, including Dr. Kira Sanbonmatsu who is focusing her research on the underrepresentation of women of color in statewide executive elective office, the pathways that women of color take to statewide executive elective office, and the cross state patterns in their office holding.

“More women of color are seeking and holding elective office than ever before and a record four women of color will serve in the U.S. Senate. But many more women of color could run. More women of color are needed across offices and especially in statewide offices such as the office of governor.”

Kira Sanbonmatsu, Senior Scholar