Media Round-Up: Week of April 24th

BLFF Team | Apr 29, 2022


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:


From The First Lady, Gaslit to Anatomy of a Scandal, women in US politics are stepping out of their shadows

Archita Kashyap, First Post   

In a new wave of television shows, politically adjacent women are getting their just due. One of these shows, The First Lady, highlights former First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama and the influence they had during their respective times in the White House.

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Hazel Scott, pioneering Black star, used her fame to fight Jim Crow

Jess McHugh, Washington Post

Pianist Hazel Scott debuted at Carnegie Hall when she was twenty years old. After achieving stardom, Scott would go on to become the first Black person to host a nationally syndicated television show, “The Hazel Scott Show.” Upon arriving in Los Angeles in the early 1940s, Scott did something unfounded for the times—she turned down four roles in a row. All the roles Scott was offered required her to play a singing maid, and as a Black woman that is not how she wanted to be represented. Scott’s refusal of those roles highlights how she used her status to push back against Jim Crow.

Read the full story here.


Ohio Democrats Make Play for Women’s Vote in Governor’s Race

Associated Press, US News

As Ohio inches closer to primary elections, Democratic women are faced with the choice of a two-woman ticket or a man-led ticket for governor. Former Mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley is on the all-woman ticket, looking to be Ohio’s first elected woman governor. Whaley is running against ex-Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, whose running mate, Senator Teresa Fedor, received an endorsement from feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Both tickets are relying on women’s support to get them to the general election in November.

Read the full story here.


Married mothers take on more housework even when they out-earn their husbands

Emma Hinchliffe and Paige McGlauflin

Although there has been a change in gender norms in recent years as a growing number of women out earn their male counterparts, some remain the same. Research by Professor Joanna Syrda of the University of Bath School of Management shows that as the gender pay gap between men and women narrows, the gender housework gap between men and women rises, with women taking more of the heavy load. Professor Syrda argues that the inverse showcases deeply held beliefs about who should be the breadwinner and who should take care of the household.

Read the full story here.

Dior was part of the patriarchy. Then she changed everything.

Robin Givhan, Washington Post

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri was appointed the Creative Director of Dior in 2016, making her the first woman to hold the position. Aware of the gravity of her placement at Dior, Chiuri is ready for the fashion empire to take a feminist approach in its designs. “[Chiuri is] a rarity in fashion’s universe of billion-dollar brands: a self-proclaimed feminist. And her tenure has brought an element of calm to the house’s aesthetic.”

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