Media Round-Up: Week of February 26th

BLFF Team | Mar 3, 2023


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:


Dads get paid more when they have kids — as moms earn less

Chabeli Carrazana, The 19th*

New studies from the Pew Research Center released Wednesday show men with children are paid more than men without and women with our without kids. The parenthood paradox could be partially responsible for the persistent gender pay gap. The “fatherhood wage premium” is a phenomenon where men’s work hours increase and they receive a bonus when they have children. Paradoxically, women experience “motherhood penalty,” a conscious or subconscious bias against mothers.

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Women’s pay was starting to catch up. Now progress has stopped.

Aaron Gregg and Jacob Bogage, Washington Post

A new analysis from Pew Research shows that the pay disparity between genders has barely improved in the past 20 years. In 2022, made 82 cents for every dollar made by a man, compared to a median of 80 cents in 2002. Between the 1980s and 1990s, the pay gap between genders narrowed by 15 cents, but progress has stalled since then according to experts studying this problem. These recent findings beg the question about why women’s increased representation in higher education and work opportunities has not put them in more equal financial footing.

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Snapshot: A look back at significant milestones for women in Congress

Janet Loehrke, USA Today

The 118th Congress has the highest number (28%) of female members ever, but still does not represent the proportion of women in the U.S. population (50.5%). Although there is still a ways to go for proportionate representation of women in Congress, there have been significant milestones for women in the legislative body. Starting with Jeanette Pickering Rankin (R-Mont.) who was the first woman elected to the House in 1917 and Hattie Cararway (D-Ark.), who was the first woman elected to the Senate in 1932, to now – when women are in leadership of all four significant House and Senate appropriation panels for the first time.

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Biden to tap Julie Su as next Labor secretary

Nick Niedzwiadek, Burgess Everett, Nicholas Wu, and Sarah Ferris, Politico

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that he would nominate Julia Su to be his next Labor secretary. Su is the deputy Labor secretary and will be nominated to replace current Labor secretary Marty Walsh, who is leaving the administration to run the professional hockey players’ union. Su would be the first AAPI Cabinet secretary in Biden’s administration if confirmed. Su could face a tough confirmation in the Senate given she didn’t gain any Republican support in her 2021 slot.

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Marianne Williamson Says She Will Run for President Again

Maggie Astor, New York Times

Marianne Williamson has announced her run for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination. Williamson, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, will formally announce her campaign in a speech on Saturday. For now, Williamson is the only Democratic candidate who has entered the 2024 race. Williamson is famous for her self-help books, several of which are best-selling, and has been a spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey. Williamson also founded the Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living, which supported people with H.I.V. and AIDS in the 1980s.

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