Month: February 2021

Celebrating the Record Number of Black Women in Congress
| Feb 26, 2021

52 years after Shirley Chisolm was the first Black woman ever elected to Congress, we now have the highest number of Black Congresswomen in history. The same year that Kamala Harris, a Black and South Asian woman, was elected as the first woman Vice President, a record number of Black women were elected to the …

Media Round Up: Week of February 21st
| Feb 26, 2021

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: Many of Biden’s nominees of color run into turbulence in the Senate Annie Linskey, The Washington Post Activists have raised concerns that many of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees …

The pandemic is hurting working mothers, but policy changes can help
| Feb 24, 2021

Parenting young children has always been difficult and expensive, but the pandemic has made it even harder – and mothers are bearing the brunt. First, the country’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression has resulted in millions of lost jobs. More than 52 million Americans who live in households with children experienced a loss …

Media Round Up: Week of February 14th
| Feb 19, 2021

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 women hold state legislative leadership posts Jared Gans and Jonnette Oakes, The Hill According to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a …

NEW Research: How Women Candidates Can Respond to Sexism on the Campaign Trail
| Feb 17, 2021

At the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, we learned from our Rising to the Occasion research that one of the qualities voters factor into a woman candidate’s electability is her ability to handle a crisis. Our just-released research, Putting Sexism in Its Place on the Campaign Trail, adds another dimension to the question of electability: how …

Media Round Up: Week of February 7th
| Feb 12, 2021

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: HUD to pursue gender identity-based discrimination complaints, reversing Trump policy Katy O’Donnell, Politico The Department of Housing and Urban Development is announcing a new policy to investigate housing …

Breaking the Imagination Barrier
| Feb 10, 2021

Close your eyes and imagine someone presidential. Chances are, if you’re from the United States, you imagined an older, probably white, man. That makes sense; all but one of our presidents fit that description. While this may seem like a silly exercise to prove a not-so-fun fact, when it comes to electoral politics our image of …

The Importance of AOC’s Instagram Live
| Feb 9, 2021

Late last month, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez detailed her experience during the Capitol attack on January 6th via a live video on her Instagram account.  On a Monday night, before a streaming audience of more than 160,000 people (and with views now reaching over 5.6 million) Ocasio-Cortez describes her day in the Capitol complex as violent …

Media Round Up: Week of January 31st
| Feb 5, 2021

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: Stacey Abrams Has Been Nominated for A Nobel Peace Prize Jenna Amatulli, HuffPost Voting rights activist and former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams …

6 Times Kamala Harris Paid Tribute to the Women Who Came Before Her
| Feb 4, 2021

“I’m here today because of the women who came before me,” Kamala Harris said to the crowd gathered to celebrate her before being elected as the 49th Vice President of the United States. Harris broke through one of the most long-standing barriers in American public office when she became the first woman elected Vice President …

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