Media Round Up: June Debate Edition


Happy Friday! Welcome to our first Media Round Up. Each week we’ll be collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories from the week.

Today’s round-up is, of course, a debate edition. There were SO many fascinating reads on gender dynamics on the debate stage, these are the ones that caught our eye.

Women Owned The Democratic Debates

Emily Peck, Huffington Post

Together, these women broke through the gender stereotypes that have tripped up female candidates in the past: Women are supposed to be interrupted, but not to interrupt anyone else. They allegedly mostly care about women’s issues and don’t go too deep on the “important” stuff like the economy. They aren’t aggressive and lack confidence. And of course, needn’t be taken too seriously.

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

You can read the full article here.

The Number Of Women On The Debate Stage This Week Marks A Monumental First

Mehreen Kasana, Bustle

For a long time, advocates have argued that more women presidential candidates on the debate stage encourages and normalizes the idea of a woman president for the people watching. In an op-ed for NBC News, Barbara Lee, the president of the Barbara Lee Foundation — an advocacy group for women’s equality and representation in U.S. politics — wrote, “Research has shown that critical mass makes a difference in being taken seriously: Two or more women or minority candidates have a better shot at getting hired than one alone.”

You can read the full article here.

Record number of women candidates is changing dynamics of 2020 U.S. presidential race

Amanda Becker, Reuters

Democrats won back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November propelled in large part by women voters who sent a record number of women candidates to the chamber. Women are expected to be a powerful voting bloc again in the Democratic presidential primary. Their influence is reflected in the policies advanced by many of the 2020 contenders, including male candidates.

You can read the full article here.

And our favorite reads on each woman candidates:


Curiosity about Tulsi Gabbard spiked during last night’s debate. And it was already simmering leading up to it Alvin Chang, Vox

Kirsten Gillibrand gave her opponents a history lesson on abortion politics at the debate Anna North, Vox

Kamala Harris Is Redefining Charisma Lily Herman, Refinery29

Jay Inslee Bragged About His Support For Reproductive Rights. Amy Klobuchar Wasn’t Having It. Amelia Harnish, Refinery29

Elizabeth Warren Didn’t Dominate The First Debate — She Said She Didn’t Need To Ruby Cramer, BuzzFeed News

Marianne Williamson gains attention during heated Democratic debate with unique performance Kendall Karson and Briana Steward, ABC News



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