Media Round-Up: Week of December 12th

BLFF Team | Dec 17, 2021


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:

Cori Bush Gives Voice to the Voiceless

Mari Uyehara, GQ

Over the course of her political career, Congresswoman Cori Bush has made headlines over several issues. When the moratorium on federal evictions was coming to an end this past August, Congresswoman Bush lead a five-day sit-in on the Capital steps, contributing to the Biden administration extending the moratorium. When the Supreme Court didn’t block Senate Bill 8 in Texas, Congresswoman Bush spoke before a House panel on her own experience with abortion. In this interview with GQ, Congresswoman Bush explains her reasons for entering politics and why she feels it’s important for her to speak out for others.

Read the full story here.


Women doctors earn $2 million less than men in their careers. They want to know: ‘Why is nothing being done?’

Julianne McShane, The Lily

A recent study by the Health Affairs journal shows that women doctors earn $2 million less than men in their careers. The pay gap between genders tens to begin during their first year practicing. When performing the research, Doximity (a professional medical network for physicians) did not account for race or transgender, nonbinary and controlled factors that probably influence pay, including patient volume, specialty, practice location, and hours worked. When the research was released, women physicians weren’t surprised by the facts, but rather that nothing has been done yet to close the gap.

Read the full story here.


These 4 newly elected officials are reshaping politics in Boston and Worcester

Emma Platoff, Boston Globe

As the Massachusetts population continues to diversify, so has its political representation. For the first time, the state’s biggest city elected a non-white, non-male mayor this year. And while the state has never had a woman governor, two women hope to change that in their run for the position. Four newcomers to Boston and Worcester’s City Council, Tania Fernandes Anderson, Etel Haxhiaj, Ruthzee Louijeune, and Thu Nguyen broke barriers this year with their elections.

Read the full story here.


What happens when you have an all-women city council? New Mexico is about to find out.

Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th*

In January of 2021, the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico will have an all-woman city council. Newcomers to the city council include Becky Corran and Becki Graham. The Las Cruces City Council will be made up of six women and chaired by the mayor of the city.

“I think that I’m coming into it with this idea that, as cliche, as it may sound, maybe this is going to be a space where leaders are more willing to listen to one another,” said Becki Graham, the other newly elected councilor. “To take the time to consider things outside of the traditional power hierarchy, if that makes sense.”

Read the full story here.


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