Media Round-Up: Week of August 14th

BLFF Team | Aug 19, 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:


After Roe v. Wade Reversal, Readers Flock to Publications Aimed at Women

Katie Robertson, New York Times

Since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in June, there has been an uptick in viewership for women-centric publications that support abortion rights. Jezebel, a feminist website founded in 2007 by Gawker Media, saw an 18 percent increase in website traffic after the draft opinion was leaked in May. The 19th*, publication named after the 19th amendment and covering gender/politics, reported a 63 percent increase in readership of abortion-related stories. This recent surge has created a lifeline for a part of the digital media world that has declined in recent years, with many feminist publications shutting down.

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#HelpAmericaVote Day Encourages People To Volunteer As Poll Workers

Anoa Changa, News One

Tuesday, August 16th marked Help America Vote Day, a day of action meant to assist in poll worker recruitment efforts. Poll workers help ensure that a state’s election process is operated with minimal disruptions. Data from the Election Assistance Commission reported that poll workers are traditionally older Americans but encourage younger people to volunteer. A recent study from ABC news reported that there is a shortage of poll workers nationwide. Having enough poll workers assists communities with long lines and limited election staff.

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Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis Has Introduced The First Barbie With Hearing Aids

Darshita Goyal, Bustle

Mattel is launching the first hearing-impaired Barbie doll, complete with her own hearing aid as a part of their Inspiring Women series. The series aligns with Barbie’s efforts to make their dolls more accessible and diverse. Other women Barbie highlighted as part of the series include Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King, writer and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou, and British conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.

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Care In Action Mobilizes Around Black Women Candidates Running in Midterm Election

Tanya Christian, Ebony

Care in Action is a non-partisan group dedicated to fighting for the dignity and fairness of domestic workers in the US, most of whom are women of color and immigrant women. Now, Care in Action is working to ensure their dream comes true through the election of Black women. The organization has helped to elect women of color and championed and won policies that center or directly impact women of color in several states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Care in Action is advocating for representation on the 2022 midterm ballot through massive mobilization campaigns to endorsing women of color.

Read the full story here.



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