Media Round-Up: Week of April 3rd

BLFF Team | Apr 8, 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:


Twitter’s ‘safety mode’ could shield politicians from harassment. It could also silence critics.

Cristiano Lima, Washington Post  

For the past couple of months, Twitter has been working on a new “safety mode” feature to combat online harassment. The new safety tool feature will make it easier for viewers to block unwanted messages and have an easier route to report harassment. The social media app is still grappling with whether this “safety mode” should extend to politicians. While tuning our harassment is ultimately seen as a positive thing, some argue that it infringes on the public’s right to free speech.

Read the full story here.


The gender gap in American politics is only getting bigger

Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Bridget Bowman and Alexandra Marquez, NBC News

Despite record numbers of women running for office, the gender gap in American politics continues to grow. In a 2010 NBC News Poll, there was a 16-point gender gap between Republican’s and Democrat’s preferences for men and women in office, respectively. When a 2018 NBC News Poll was released, the gender gap among Republican and Democrat preferences grew by 9 points, “with Republicans up by 4 points among men, and Democrats ahead among women by 21 points.” Most recently, the gender gap has jumped up to a 33-point difference.

Read the full story here.


What Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson means for the country

Brakkton Booker, Politico

In a 53-47 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on April 7th. Judge Jackson will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who she once clerked for after her graduation from Harvard Law School. Judge Jackson will be the sixth woman, third Black person, and first Black woman to sit on the highest court.

Read the full story here.


Supreme Court’s upcoming abortion ruling will spark a new round of questions about legality and access

Shefali Luthra, The 19th*

The Supreme Court is currently deliberating over Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case focused on the legality of a 15-week abortion ban passed in Mississippi. Come June, the Supreme Court could overturn federal abortion protections enshrined by Roe v. Wade (1973). If overturned, it could take months to understand the legal impacts and ramifications of abortion access on a state by state basis.

Read the full story here.














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