Media Round Up: Week of August 25th


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:

Kirsten Gillibrand just dropped out of the Democratic presidential race

By Heather Marcoux, Motherly

A study by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation looks at the common misconception that women with kids can’t be effective in office, as they will be distracted by their familial duties. Yet, Kirsten Gillibrand centered family, motherhood, and “women’s issues” in her campaign. Even though she has now ended her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election, we hope her campaign will inspire other mothers to run for office.

You can read the full article here.

The Women’s Revolution in Politics

By Kate Zernike, New York Times

The 2018 midterm elections saw a major shift in American politics. Not only did a record-breaking number of women run for office and win – they also upended the playbook for how a woman should run. Reporter Caitlin Moscatello has just released a new book titled See Jane Win that follows the historic campaigns of four of these women. We just got our copy today and can’t wait to crack it open!

You can read the full article here.

More Republican women than ever are planning to run for office

By Sarah Fitzpatrick, Kristen Welker and Kenzi Abou-Sabe, NBC News

There are 127 women members of Congress, and only 21 of them are Republicans. But according to Patti Russo, executive director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, Republican women are now ready to step forward, run, and change the way people think about their party. Russo says, “They’re tired of being quiet, and they know they have a lot to give.”

You can read the full article here.

Women’s Equality Day is a timely reminder of the impact women voters have on elections

By Courtney Connley, CNBC

In the early 70s, former Representative Bella Abzug spearheaded the campaign to designate August 26th as Women’s Equality Day, honoring the passage of the 19th Amendment. Now every year we get to honor and celebrate the long fight for women’s suffrage, and the power of women voters.

You can read the full article here.

It’s Official: September Democratic Debate Will Be One Night Only

By Maggie Astor, New York Times

Wednesday marked the deadline for candidates to qualify for the third Democratic debates. By midnight, only ten candidates (three of whom are women) had succeeded. The New York Times shares who will be joining each other on the debate stage this September.

You can read the full article here

They lost in the Year of the Woman. But it might make them stronger in 2020.

By Kayla Epstein, Washington Post

In the past, a man losing an election was seen as a normal blip in his political career, while women candidates were often blamed for losing their elections. However, following the historic 2018 midterm elections, BLFF research found that voters no longer punish women for losing, and are open to seeing them run again. The Washington Post looks at this shift and shares the stories of the women who are stepping up to run again in 2020.


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