Media Round Up: Week of August 16th

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:

Finally, a Female VP Isn’t Being Set Up to Fail

Elizabeth Ralph, POLITICO

Kamala Harris is the first woman VP with a real shot at the White House. While Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin were on the ticket before, both faced uphill battles as neither of their campaigns were expected to win. In many ways, Harris will now have an easier time due to the efforts of those two women, and hundreds of others who have run for office over the last few decades.

You can read the full article here.

The Unfinished Work Of The 19th Amendment

Emma Gray, Alanna Vagianos, Rowaida Abdelaziz, Jamie Feldman, Taryn Finley, Jenavieve Hatch and Brooklyn Wayland, HuffPost

100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, many women are still fighting for their right to vote. Over the last century, women of color and transgender people have continued to face barriers to political participation.  HuffPost spoke with nine women across the country about their fight to improve our democracy and expand the electorate.

You can read the full article here.

How the Veep Process Showed Democrats That the Future Is Female

Michelle Ruiz, Vogue

Joe Biden’s vice presidential selection process shined a spotlight on a dozen prominent women politicians. While the process was marred by sexism, it also proved that the Democratic party has a host of women ready for executive leadership. Now, we’ll be keeping an eye on these women as they continue to lead in their communities and navigate the country’s current crises.

You can read the full article here.

America Will Want Too Much From Kamala Harris

Kate Manne, The Atlantic

Many voters will dismiss Kamala Harris as angry, cold, shrill, unlikeable, inauthentic, and a liar. As a biracial woman, she’ll have to face the stereotypes associated with both Asian American women and Black women, which will undoubtedly result in people being overly critical of her. While it’s important to scrutinize any candidate’s record, voters should remember that women, as much as men, are entitled to make mistakes and change their minds.

You can read the full article here.

Another night of women making history, when it should be old news

Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post

This was a historic week for women. Kamala Harris was nominated as the first woman of color on a major-party ticket as the country celebrated the centennial of (some) women getting the right to vote. The host of women leaders highlighted at the DNC this week are all accomplished, qualified, strong leaders. Harris’s first is bittersweet: in 2020, women reaching the same heights as men shouldn’t be historic anymore.

You can read the full article here.


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