Media Round Up: Week of January 24th

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:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces gubernatorial campaign

Dominick Mastrangelo, The Hill

On Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will be running for governor of Arkansas. The former White House press secretary emphasized “law and order” in her first campaign video message in an effort to appeal to voters. She joins Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in running, and no Democrats have yet announced candidacy. “I took on the media, the radical left and their cancel culture, and I won,” said Sanders in her campaign announcement. “As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you.”

You can read the full article here.

Are Women Reshaping the Political Donor Class? Money Matters in the Upcoming Races for Governor

Claire Gothreau & Kira Sanbonmatsu, The Hill

Although women comprise a majority of the electorate and vote at higher rates than men, they have historically trailed behind in political donations, but research from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) suggests that this may be changing. Women came into view as significant donors during the 2018 and 2020 election cycles and the 2021 and 2022 gubernatorial elections will be a definitive opportunity for women to use that power. Thirty-eight states will have gubernatorial elections in the next two years and several women candidates are already looking to run.

You can read the full article here.

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George enters Boston’s mayor race

Christopher Gavin, Boston

On Thursday, Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George announced she will be joining City Councilors Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell in Boston’s mayoral race. Essaibi-George, the daughter of immigrants, and her fellow candidates will be looking to make history in a city that has only elected white male mayors. “I’m running for mayor because I believe in a Boston that sees inequity, everyday injustices, the wrongs, and tackles them head on,” she said. “I believe in a Boston that lifts up every neighborhood and embraces all who call it home.”

You can read the full article here.

Celebs lobby for $2,400-per-month ‘Marshall Plan for Moms’ payments

Brie Stimson, Fox News

Several prominent women are lobbying for a “Marshall Plan for Moms” to pay mothers who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic for their “unseen, unpaid labor.” The plan proposes $2,400 monthly payments and has received support from celebrity advocates and mothers such as Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, and Charlize Theron. Advocacy organization Girls Who Code took out a full-page New York Times ad to call for President Biden to implement the program, which aims to support over 2 million women who have left their jobs or reduced their hours since the pandemic began.

You can read the full article here.

Biden starts rolling back Trump anti-abortion rules

Alice Miranda Ollstein, Politico

On Thursday, President Biden will be signing a number of executive orders to roll back the former administration’s abortion restrictions. The orders will reinstate federal support for abortion and abortion counseling providers. President Biden, who  has previously voiced anti-abortion views, promised to defend abortion rights during his campaign. The co-president of advocacy group All* Above All, Silvia Henriquez, said, “Our issues in the past have often been put on the back burner, but we are hopeful this administration will deliver.”

You can read the full article here.


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