Media Round-Up: Week of January 16th

BLFF Team | Jan 21, 2022


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:


Attacks on Women in Politics Are on the Rise Around the World

Roudabeh Kishi, Ms. Magazine

According to data and research from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), violence against women in politics has increased globally. Experts think some of the reasons for this increase include women’s participation in elections, like seeking office, voting, and the resulting greater representation for women in politics.

Read the full story here.


Black women in Martin Luther King Jr.’s neighborhood will soon receive monthly cash payments

Chabeli Carrazana, The 19th*

In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”, he introduced the idea of guaranteed cash payments with no strings attached as a vehicle out of poverty. In Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, King’s birthplace, his idea will soon become a reality. The program will start this year, sending cash payments of $850 to 650 Black women in King’s old neighborhood over the course of two years. This program will be one of the largest guaranteed income programs to date.

Read the full story here.


Senators are pushing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Will it help Indigenous communities?

Abigail Higgins, The Lily

This year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are looking to reauthorize the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. Provisions such as expanding tribal jurisdiction over gendered violence will be included in this updated version of VAWA. While some believe that the inclusion of tribal jurisdiction shows progress, others think it is a broach on tribal sovereignty.

Read the full story here.


Equal pay for women: Is this the year Mississippi will join rest of the nation?

Geoff Pender, WJTV

Mississippi is the last state in the nation to not provide legal recourse for women paid less than men for doing the same work. That may soon change. Bills addressing this matter are currently pending in both the House and the Senate.

“I am pleased that equal pay for equal work has gained so much momentum this year,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who has championed equal pay legislation for years.  “It is a simple but powerful way that Mississippi can empower women.  It demonstrates our commitment to affirming the inherent dignity of women and ensuring basic human fairness.”

Read the full story here.







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