Media Round-Up: Week of January 14, 2024

BLFF Team | Jan 19, 2024


Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week, we’re collecting and sharing gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week:


Caucusing with kids? It’s not that easy, especially in a winter storm.

Mel Leonor Barclay, The 19th*

As caucusing begins for the 2024 presidential election, some groups face barriers participating in them. Some of the barriers mothers experience in wanting to caucus include lack of childcare, caucusing times interfering with children’s bedtimes, and caucuses being held in the middle of respiratory illness season and the fear of them bringing home illnesses to their children. Some caucus sites have said that children are more than welcome, but did not offer any accommodations for children or parents who are nursing. People with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities also face many barriers to participating in caucuses.

Read the full story here.


A New Republican Mom Wants to Change House Rules for Postpartum Voting

Annie Karni, New York Times

Last year, Representative Anna Paulina Luna (R) of Florida, opposed proxy voting along with the rest of her party. Proxy voting was a practice adopted by House Democrats allowing for remote legislating during the pandemic. After giving birth to her first child in August, Rep. Luna’s perspective changed and she is now advocating to, “… allow new mothers in Congress to stay away from Washington immediately after giving birth and designate a colleague to cast votes on the House floor on their behalf.” Rep. Luna’s bill is very specific, focusing only on women who have physically given birth, excluding those who adopt children, have a child via surrogate, or new fathers. Due to her party’s opposition to proxy voting, Rep. Luna’s bill faces challenging odds to even be given a floor vote.

Read the full story here.


The women who masterminded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Karen Grigsby Bates, Gene Demby, Barrett Golding, Jess Kung, Courtney Stein, Diba Mohtasham, Code Switch

The Montgomery bus boycott took place from December 1955 through December 1956. Many people remember Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, sparking the bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Code Switch says that that retelling leaves out all the women who organized over time to make the bus boycott a reality and sustain it for over a year.

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Squad member gets Democratic leadership backing

Andrew Solender, Axios

Representative Summer Lee (D) of Pennsylvania has received a boost from House Democratic leadership in her contested primary. In a joint statement supporting endorsing Rep. Lee with Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D) of Massachusetts, and Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar of California, they said, “A civil rights champion, advocate for organized labor and the first Black woman to represent Pennsylvania in Congress, Summer Lee has worked tirelessly to deliver for working families. We proudly endorse Summer Lee’s re-election campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives so she can help us take back the House majority, oppose the extreme MAGA Republican agenda and continue our tremendous progress for Pennsylvanians.”

Read the full story here.

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