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and idiosyncratic, they were not prepared to generalize from them. Coming together helped them to realize the need for concerted efforts in each state if women’s hard-won representation in state legislatures is to be preserved and enhanced. If women are to preserve and increase their present numbers in state legislatures, there must be a concerted effort by activists, women’s organizations, and political parties to recruit more women for open seats.
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21 University-Based Political Leadership Education Programs Establishing educational or training programs is one way to expand the pool of future women candidates. A college or university setting can make a hospitable home for such a program, providing neutral ground on which non-partisan educational activities can take place. Some of these programs serve college women and teach them about the range of possibilities for political engagement, while others are aimed at women who are already established in careers and want to consider more active involvement in politics, possibly including running for office. The Center for American Women and Politics The Center for American Women and Politics has two models for programs to educate women for political participation: NEW Leadership, aimed at college women, and Ready to Run, targeting women in New Jersey who are considering running for office. While New Jersey is not a term-limited state, CAWP welcomes adaptation of its programs to serve the particular needs of other states. Under the NEW Leadership (National Education for Women's Leadership) rubric, CAWP offers education programs designed to prepare young women for public leadership. The award-winning NEW Leadership New Jersey summer institute educates and empowers college women to participate actively in politics and public policy making. The six-part curriculum NEW Leadership curriculum includes: 1. Teaching about the diversity of women's historical and contemporary participation in politics and policymaking; 2. Connecting students with women leaders making a difference in the public sphere; 3. Helping students explore the demands of leadership in a diverse society; 4. Cultivating students' leadership skills; 5. Enabling students to practice leadership through action; 6. Engaging young women in the use of interactive technologies to build their political involvement. With a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CAWP established the NEW Leadership Development Network to train nine institutional partners in the program model so they can create similar programs in their own states or regions. NEW Leadership Development Network partners presented their first NEW Leadership programs in Summer 2000. The Center for Women and Politics in Pennsylvania at Chatham College sponsored NEW Leadership Pennsylvania in June, 2000. The Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University held NEW Leadership Midwest in August, 2000, bringing together students from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. The University of Texas at Dallas, held its initial series of weekend programs from September through November, 2000.
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