GOTB Round Up: COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus disease has been in the United States for almost four months. In that time, we’ve seen women step up and take charge in all levels of elected office. Here are some Gender on the Ballot posts that show COVID-19’s effect on women in politics:

COVID-19 shows LGBTQ women make excellent leaders

Lisa Turner

Officials such as Governor Kate Brown, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Attorney General Dana Nessel are all examples of LGBTQ women who have gained national attention for their  leadership in response to COVID-19.

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What an Economic Recession Means for Women Candidates

Amanda Hunter

The economic consequences of COVID-19 may be a hurdle for women candidates, as Barbara Lee Family Foundation research has shown that voters think of the economy as more of a “man’s issue.”

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Women in Office Bring a Much-Needed Perspective to COVID-19

Gender on the Ballot Team 

Elected officials are critical to the COVID-19 recovery efforts, and women leaders are directly addressing the particular challenges COVID-19 poses to women and communities of color.

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Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Women Members of Congress in These Difficult Times

Amanda Fuchs Miller

Women legislators like Senator Patty Murray are bringing their unique perspective to the pandemic response, doing critical work in the House and Senate to create and approve bills that address COVID-19 and its effects.

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Will COVID-19 Shut Women Out of Politics?

Amanda Hunter 

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, campaigning is getting more difficult and women are disproportionally busier. These effects may be taking a toll on women’s political participation in 2020.

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The Strengths Women Leaders Bring to A Crisis

Nicole Carlsburg 

Women may face double standards, but they bring plenty to the table during crises: some of women’s greatest strengths are their abilities to connect to constituents and showcase their authentic selves.

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The Coronavirus Crisis is Proving We Need More Women Governors and Mayors

Barbara Lee 

With the federal response to coronavirus lagging, national attention has turned to a group of lesser-known executive leaders now leading the fight against COVID-19, such as Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Governor Janet Mills, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Governor Kate Brown.

Read the full post here.


How Female Medical Professionals Could Reshape the Gender Conversation in 2020

Christine Matthews 

Female public health professionals are demonstrating what it means to be highly qualified women in key leadership roles during a crisis; even if they don’t decide to seek office themselves, they might be paving the way for future female candidates.

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3 Things to Remember: A Global Health Crisis + Gender in Politics

Amanda Hunter 

There are three things to keep in mind when evaluating the coverage of women leaders during the COVID-19 crisis: they must show they can handle a crisis, be able to showcase economic expertise, and show that they are “in touch.”

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