Media Round Up: Week of August 1st


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:


Lauren Underwood’s Long Game

Kim Brooks, Chicago magazine

Lauren Underwood is the youngest ever Black woman to serve in the House of Representatives—she flipped her Illinois district in 2018 and successfully defended the seat in 2020. Now, “she has emerged as one of the Democratic caucus’s rising stars, and one of the few members of Congress whose education trained them for a solidly middle-class profession like nursing.”

Read the full story here.



This Woman’s Plan for Black Women’s Equal Pay? Get Black Women Elected

Nylah Burton, Bustle

Black women make about 63 cents for every dollar made by a man in the United States. Glynda Carr, co- founder of Higher Heights for America believes “that getting more Black women in positions of power will close the wage gap because Black women elected officials are more equipped to advocate for issues they have direct experience with.” Carr discusses how Higher Heights has worked to help elect Black women since its founding, with Kimberly Peeler-Allen, in 2011. She also covers how women in Congress have championed legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act, and talks about how she manages her work with life and wellness.

Read the full interview here.



With Cuomo Teetering, New York May Get Its First Female Governor

Shera Avi-Yonah, Bloomberg

“Rising from legislative intern to lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul is on the precipice of becoming the first woman to lead New York as Governor Andrew Cuomo faces the prospect of impeachment.” In the wake of this Tuesday’s news about sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo, attention is turning to the state’s Lieutenant Governor, 62-year-old Hochul, a former congresswoman originally from Buffalo who would make history in New York if Cuomo resigns or is impeached. Hochul would also be the first governor of New York not from New York City and its suburbs in a century.

Read the full story here.


Freshman Rep. Cori Bush in national spotlight for her activism to fight eviction

Sunlen Serfaty and Clare Foran, CNN

Earlier this week, Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush began sleeping on the steps of the US Capitol building in an effort to extend the federal eviction moratorium, which was set to lapse. Now, “the Missouri lawmaker’s actions culminated in a major victory for progressives on Tuesday when the Biden administration announced a 60-day eviction ban in areas of the country with high or substantial transmission of Covid-19.” Congresswoman Bush has spoken about her personal connection to eviction and housing issues, such as living out of her car with two children. In the wake of her efforts this week, Bush is was praised by leaders in her party from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “’I’m elated and I’m overwhelmed because just the thought that so many people right now, millions of people, will not be forced out on the streets,’ Bush told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday.”

Read the full story here.


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