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Ruth B. Mandel Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP)

Ruth B. Mandel is Board of Governors Professor of Politics and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. From 1971 through 1994, Mandel built and directed Eagleton's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), where she remains a Senior Scholar. She writes and teaches about women's political history and leadership, women as political candidates, officeholders, and voters.

From 1991 to 2006, Mandel was a presidential appointee to the governing board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.. She was named Vice Chairperson in 1993, a position she held for twelve years. Continuing as a public member, she serves on the Museum's Committee on Conscience and Education Committee. Other service includes the boards of the Charles H. Revson Foundation; the National Council for Research on Women; the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University; membership on the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy; and the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women.

Mandel has been honored with the Governor's Pride of New Jersey Award; the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation; the Twenty-First Century Leadership Award, from the National Women's Hall of Fame; the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award from Women Executives in State Government; Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women; honorary doctorates from Chatham College (1998) and Georgian Court University (2006).