Media Round Up: Week of April 4th

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:

Black women are running for mayor — and winning

Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th

On Tuesday, Tishaura Jones made history as she was elected the first Black woman Mayor of St. Louis. She is the latest in the recent rise of Black women running and winning elections in major cities around the country. Jones, who served as the city’s treasurer, said in her victory speech, “I will not stay silent when I spot racism. I will not stay silent when I spot homophobia or transphobia. I will not stay silent when I spot xenophobia. I will not stay silent when I spot religious intolerance. I will not stay silent when I spot any injustice.” There are currently 32 women mayors serving in the 100 largest US cities, seven of those are Black women.

You can read the full article here.

Harris in difficult starring role on border

Amie Parnes & Morgan Chalfant, The Hill

Last month President Biden announced that he would assign Vice President Harris to tackle the border’s diplomatic issues, citing her human rights advocacy and prior experience as attorney general of California as the basis for his decision. Harris  must maneuver the public scrutiny of handling the surge of immigrant children at US border facilities. New data from the Washington Post shows that upwards of 171,000 migrants were taken into custody during March 2021, the highest number for any month in over a decade.

You can read the full article here.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey makes it official: She’s running for a full term

Danny McDonald, The Boston Globe

On Tuesday, Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced that she will be running for Mayor of Boston, ending months of speculation about whether she would be joining this year’s historically diverse set of candidates, including City Councilors Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George, and Michelle Wu. Janey is currently the first Black person and first woman to serve as Mayor of Boston. “The work to address the challenges we face from COVID and racial inequalities that have been inherited from centuries of structural racism will take longer than a few months to change. It is going to take fearless leadership,” Janey said at a Tuesday morning news conference in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. In Janey’s campaign announcement video, she highlighted profound racial inequalities and the associated issues surrounding affordable housing in Boston.

You can read the full article here.

Women in Biden’s Cabinet Need to Be Seen and Heard

Lois Phillips, PhD & Anita Perez Ferguson, PhD, Ms. Magazine

President Biden has made historic strides in boosting women’s representation in American politics. Twelve women, including eight women of color, are now serving in key leadership roles in the Biden-Harris administration and the President also appointed the first all-female White House communications team. Despite all of this, not much has changed when it comes to double standards in how the public views men and women political figures. For example, when women politicians take a bold stance, they tend to be seen as shrill or abrasive, whereas men who do the same thing are described as leaders or assertive.

You can read the full article here.

Top Biden Labor Economist: Boosting Black Women Benefits Everyone

Susan Davis, Ayesha Rascoe & Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR

Black women have historically been the last demographic to recover from economic recessions. As the first Black woman to ever serve as the top economist for the Labor Department, Janelle Jones has a policy approach she calls “Black Women Best” that she hopes will rectify that. “As we start to see overall strong numbers, as we start to see the economy recover, we really want to think about an inclusive recovery,” Jones said.

You can hear the full piece here.

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