Debbie Walsh is director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. CAWP is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its 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.
Walsh joined the Center staff in 1981 and became the director in 2001. She oversees CAWP’s multi-faceted 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, including the impact of women officeholders and women’s routes to elective office; and
up-to-the-minute information and historical perspectives about women as candidates, public officials and voters.