Author: Stephanie Knapp

Pride and Politics: Elected Officials Who Broke the Rainbow Ceiling
| Jun 1, 2022

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month–a necessary time to reflect on LGBTQ+ leaders’ impact on American politics and government. While much progress has been made toward achieving more diverse representation across local, state, and federal elected offices since Harvey Milk won a seat on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977 …

Portrait of young African-American woman wearing mask putting vote bulletin in ballot box and looking at camera while standing against American flag
The Lay of the Land for Women Voters in 2022
| Apr 18, 2022

Cancelled concerts. The first day of Zoom school. FaceTime with friends. We all remember the surreal and frightening early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the two years and one month since our country went into a state of emergency, almost one million American lives have been lost to the virus. Many of the financial …

Media Round Up: Week of July 25th
| Jul 30, 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: The Midterms Will be Crucial for Women. Why Are So Many Disengaged? Katelyn Fossett, Politico Between the disproportionate impact of job losses due to Covid falling to women, …

Breaking Barriers Often Comes with Increased Scrutiny
| Jul 7, 2021

  When Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President in January 2021, people all over the world—including us— celebrated the historic moment. Although as Vice President Harris has shattered stereotypes and changed the face of politics, we also knew from our decades of research that she would be held to a different and higher …

Media Round Up: Week of June 20th
| Jun 25, 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: State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, veteran progressive lawmaker, launches bid for Massachusetts governor Emma Platoff, Boston Globe On Wednesday, State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz launched her official campaign for governor …

Why Didn’t Women Win it for Hillary?
| Jun 22, 2021

In 2016, the U.S. had a notable first: a female presidential nominee of one of the major parties. Yet, compared to prior Democratic nominees, women did not overwhelmingly vote for Clinton, refuting a simplistic narrative about how gender should influence politics. The conventional wisdom is that women are more likely to vote for women and …

Media Round Up: Week of June 13th
| Jun 18, 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: Harvard professor Danielle Allen to launch historic bid for governor Emma Platoff, Boston Globe On Tuesday, Harvard University professor, political philosopher and author Danielle Allen formally announced she …

Media Round Up: Week of June 6th
| Jun 11, 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: A Record Number of Women Are Gaining Traction in NYC Mayoral Race—Thanks to Ranked-Choice Voting Cynthia Richie Terrell, Ms. Magazine For the first time since its readoption in …

Media Round Up: Week of May 30th
| Jun 4, 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: It’s Time for a Whole-of-Government Approach to Address Period Poverty in the U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, Chelsea Vonchaz and Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Ms. Magazine Period poverty in the United …

Lived Experience Increases the Viability of Women Candidates
| Jun 4, 2021

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman,” once quipped the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher. That idea seems to be behind the high number of women who ran for office in 2016 and the continued increase in women running now. In cities …

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