Media Round-Up: Week of January 23rd

BLFF Team | Jan 28, 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:


Biden Expected to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

Michael D. Shear and Charlie Savage, New York Times

During his presidential campaign, President Joe Biden promised that if given the opportunity, he would nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. With Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s announcement of his retirement, the time has come for Biden to fulfill his commitment. According to early reports, some of his potential nominees include Ketanji Brown Jackson, a 51-year-old judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Leondra R. Kruger, a 45-year-old justice on the California Supreme Court and J. Michelle Childs, 55, a Federal District Court judge in South Carolina.

Read the full story here.


How Jen Psaki Manages One of the Most High-Profile Jobs in Washington

Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez, The Cut

Before she was Press Secretary for the White House, Jen Psaki began her political career working with the Iowa Democratic Party knocking on doors. Psaki then went on to work for the White House under the Obama administration, serving in various roles: deputy press secretary, deputy communications director and lastly, communications director. Psaki credits her work with the Obama administration in addition to her brief role with John Kerry in the state department as preparing her for one of the most demanding roles in Washington.

Read the full story here.


Remembering the historic presidential run of Shirley Chisholm 50 years later

April Ryan, The Grio

Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm became the nation’s first woman and first Black woman y to run for President of the United States. While many now laud Chisholm for her groundbreaking run, during the time she faced an uphill battle of racism and sexism that many Black women in politics still fight against today.

“’Shirley Chisholm was a pioneer with the tenacity to be her authentic self. She faced many enemies and a system that routinely denied her. She famously said ‘If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,’ [Tiffany] Cross exclusively told theGrio.”

Read the full story here.


Pumping, voting, taking leave: Legislators who are mothers face specific challenges

Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th*

With a growing number of women in legislative seats, the non-profit organization Vote Mama Foundation aims to bring awareness to a “first-of-its-kind review of motherhood in statehouses.” Some of these women legislators’ experiences include: pumping breastmilk while running to make a vote, driving extra miles between the Capitol and home to see young children and even advocating for an office to be turned into a lactation room. With more than 31% of state legislative seats now held by women, these issues specifically facing mothers in policymaking positions will continue to be on an upward trend.

Read the full story here.


Emily’s List Threatens to Pull Support From Sinema Over Filibuster Stance

Jonathan Weisman, New York Times

Last week, Emily’s List decided to pull their support of Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema. In what seemed like an unprecedented move, the organization decided to no longer endorse the Arizona Senator because of her refusal to support the “Senate’s filibuster rules to allow for passage of far-reaching voting rights legislation.”

Read the full story here.






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