Month: September 2019

Media Round Up: Week of September 22nd
| Sep 27, 2019

  Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week: The 25 Most Powerful Women in Politics By Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune After careful consideration, Emma Hinchliffe has released her list of the “25 Most Powerful Women in …

Likeability: a double standard we can’t seem to shake
| Sep 26, 2019

  Yesterday, journalist Jessica Valenti wrote about “The Niceness Trap” we’ve seen on display this week. She wrote: When 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations yesterday, she was not cute or pleasing… She was powerful and most definitely not “nice.” There is a reason men resort to calling women “nasty” or …

What is ranked choice voting?
| Sep 25, 2019

  Interested in electoral reform and electing more women, but overwhelmed by the prospect of abolishing the Electoral College? You may want to learn about ranked choice voting (RCV).  What is Ranked Choice Voting? RCV is an electoral system where instead of choosing just one favorite, voters rank as many candidates as they want in …

National Voter Registration Day: What Matters to Women Voters
| Sep 24, 2019

  As we celebrate National Voter Registration Day, here’s a reminder: Women have voted at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1964. The Women & Politics Institute at American University did a deep dive right after the 2018 midterm elections into what women voters are prioritizing, and here are four things to …

Media Round Up: Week of September 15th   
| Sep 20, 2019

  Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week: Record Number of Female Candidates Prompting New Debate Approach By Jim Lokay, Fox 5 DC’s “The Final 5” In case you missed it, our own Amanda Hunter …

The experience of gender in the 2020 Presidential race
| Sep 20, 2019

  Seeing a woman run for President is no longer a novelty thanks to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 campaigns. What is new in 2020 is women candidates’ willingness to run as women without apology.  In the wake of 2016, many have finally embraced a new willingness to talk about the experience of navigating the …

3 Takeaways from The Electability Question in 2020
| Sep 19, 2019

  In case you couldn’t make it, you can watch the full panel here: Captions available under video settings   On September 18th at American University, experts gathered for a panel discussion about Gender on the Ballot’s latest research: “What Does Electability Mean to Voters?” Betsy Fischer Martin from American University’s Women & Politics Institute …

A Look Back: Reactions of Women Voters to the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings
| Sep 16, 2019

  With reports over the weekend of new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the debate over whether he should serve on the nation’s highest court has re-emerged as a political issue. Last fall, just after the 2018 elections, the Women & Politics Institute at American University partnered with Benenson Strategy Group …

September #DemDebate: Top Tweets
| Sep 13, 2019

  Ten of the Democratic candidates for President faced off last night in the third debate of the 2020 cycle, and as always, the Internet had a lot to say. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tweets here, enjoy! (And if you’re feeling nostalgic, June and July Tweets are here!)   Winner tonight at …

Gender on the Debate Stage: September Numbers
| Sep 13, 2019

For a full recap of the September Houston debate numbers, head here. Last night, was the first debate to be held on one night—with only three of the six female candidates making it to the debate stage in Houston by the mid-August deadline. The failure to qualify was enough to cause Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to …

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