Media Round Up: Week of December 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:

Kamala Harris Says She’s Still ‘in This Fight,’ but Out of the 2020 Race

By Astead W. Herndon, Shane Goldmacher, and Jonathan Martin, with contributed reporting by Maggie Astor and Alexander Burns, New York Times

On Tuesday Senator Kamala Harris announced the end of her presidential campaign bringing the total number of women still in the race down to four. However, her departure signals another loss: Senator Harris was the only candidate of color to qualify for the December Democratic debate thus far. Amanda Hunter from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation says, “There is still a very entrenched stereotype of what a presidential candidate looks like in this country.”

You can read the full article here.

What Kamala Harris’ Campaign Meant To Women Of Color

By Natalie Gontcharova, Refinery29

A loss is not the same as a failure, especially in Senator Kamala Harris’ case. Although her exit from the Democratic field means a loss of sorely needed diversity, her campaign was an inspiration for women of color everywhere. Research shows that women candidates, especially women of color, must prove both their qualifications and credibility to voters. Senator Harris took on this challenge fearlessly. Take a look to see how she made women’s political dreams seem even more possible.

You can read the full article here.

I’m The Daughter Of Indian Immigrants & Kamala Harris Changed The Game For All Of Us

By Malavika Kannan, Refinery29

Looking for a more personal account of the impact of Senator Harris’ campaign? Check out Malavika Kannan’s article for Refinery29. As the daughter of South Indian immigrants, Kannan describes how empowering it was to see a presidential candidate whose experiences she shared for the first time. She writes, “The audacity of Kamala Harris to dedicate herself to bettering a country that historically never dedicated itself to her is perhaps the greatest revolution of all.”

You can read the full article here.

Did AOC’s Election Pave the Way for More Insurgent Women in Politics?

By Prachi Gupta, Marie Claire

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took out incumbent Joseph Crowley during the 2018 race for the House, many were shocked. A young Latina bartender soundly beat one of the most powerful House Democrats. Now other young women are looking to do the same. Despite the challenges that come from taking on the traditional establishment, they refuse to back down: “I’m always asked the question, why didn’t you start smaller…It’s like…people of the working class have already been waiting…I’m not waiting for my turn.”

You can read the full article here.

11-Year-Old Becomes First Black Marie In New York City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

By Kimberley Richards, Huffpost

Need a little boost for the holiday season? Check out this article about 11-year-old Charlotte Nebres, who made history this week by becoming the first Black ballerina to play Marie in the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Marie says, “It’s pretty amazing to be…representing…all of our cultures. There might be a little boy or girl in the audience seeing that and saying ‘Hey, I can do that, too.’”.

You can read the full article here.


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