UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Project 2012: Increasing Female Representation in Government
- Author(s): McLean, Lindsey
- et al.
Entitled Project: 2012, the CAWP campaign is a national, non-partisan effort to recruit professional women to run for office in 2012. The campaign sees the 2012 election year as a “once- in-a-decade opportunity” to elect more women into Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of the redrawn congressional and state legislative districts that resulted from 2010 Census data. The re-drawing of districts has opened and created new seats in the 2012 election. According to CAWP, “reapportionment creates opportunity, and research shows that women have more success winning open seats.”