Gender + Politics Media Round-Up: Week of April 21st

BLFF Team | Apr 21, 2023


Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week:

Women are now out-earning or making the same as their husbands in nearly half of marriages

Morgan Smith, CNBC

In about half of opposite-sex marriages in the United States, women are now earning the same or more than their husbands by an average of $53,000. This number of women earning just as much or more than their husbands has tripled in the last 50 years, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. Some of the findings from the study include: roughly 16% of opposite-sex marriages in the country have a breadwinner wife – a 5% increase from 50 years earlier; and about one-third of spouses are earning equal income, an 11% increase from the 1970s. Two of the reasons for the increase in wives in opposite-sex marriages becoming breadwinners include education and motherhood according to Richard Fry, a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. 

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House Passes Bill to Bar Transgender Athletes From Female Sports Teams

Annie Karni, New York Times

On Thursday, the House passed legislation that would ban transgender women and girls from joining athletic programs designated for women. The bill was approved entirely along party lines with a vote of 219 to 203. The bill has little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate or being signed by President Biden who has already said he would veto the bill if it made its way to his desk. 

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Kamala Harris rallies as high court eyes abortion pill rules

Bobby Caina Calvan and Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press

On Saturday at a rally against restrictions on abortion rights, Vice President Kamala Harris urged Americans to act during, “… a critical point in our nation’s history …” At the rally in Los Angeles, Vice President Harris expressed her thoughts on the latest restrictive legislation about abortion rights that was passed. 

“And so this is a moment that history will show required each of us — based on our collective love of our country — to stand up, and fight for, and protect our ideals. That’s what this moment is … When you attack the rights of women in America, you are attacking America,” said Vice President Harris. 

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Patty Murray becomes first female US senator to vote 10,000 times

Nicky Robertson and Ted Barrett, CNN

On Thursday, April 20th, US Senator Patty Murray cast the 10,000th vote of her Senate career, making her the first woman to reach this milestone. Senator Murray was elected to the Senate in 1992, during the historic “year of women.” To celebrate her achievement on Thursday, Democrats and Republicans alike honored her accomplishment. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on Senator Murray’s other notable firsts, including her role as the first woman to serve as Senate president pro tempore, as well the first woman to serve as the chair of the Veterans Affairs and Budget Committees.

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