Media Round Up: Week of January 26th

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:

When Women Run


The U.S. has more women in politics than ever before. Still, gender remains a major theme of the 2020 election as the media and voters continue to debate whether a woman can win the presidency. FiveThirtyEight spoke to 97 women from every state to learn more about what it’s really like to try to win an election as a woman. Here are their personal accounts of sexism on the trail.

You can read the full article here.

Fortune + Time’s Up ask the candidates about the issues that matter to working women

Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune

While presidential candidates answer hundreds of questions about the economy, they’re rarely asked about the economic issues that most directly affect women. And across the 2020 Democratic debate cycle, only 6% of the questions asked have touched on women’s issues. Fortune and Time’s Up Now are changing this by asking all the 2020 presidential candidates a series of questions about their policies related to gender and families. From paid family leave to corporate representation, hear what the candidates have to say about these issues.

You can read the full article here.

Here’s What The Change-Makers Of 2016 Have Done With All That “Big Activist Energy”

Natalie Gontcharova, Refinery 29

At the start of 2017, more than five million people turned out to the Women’s Marches nationwide. Since then, that passion has transitioned into smaller groups and initiatives making change behind the scenes. Gender on the Ballot research shows that millennials and women of color have increased their engagement, despite barriers of being too busy working or taking care of their families. Check out these stories of how some women have made their voice heard in politics.

You can read the full article here.

The Equal Division Rule: Making the Case for Political Gender Quotas in the U.S.

Maura Reilly, Ms. Magazine

The U.S. remains one of the few countries that does not use political gender quotas, despite the legal right to enforce affirmative action rules when it comes to party positions. RepresentWomen’s Maura Reilly argues that gender quotas are a fair attempt to rebalance the structural inequality in our democracy.

You can read the full article here.

The Way Most States Elect Candidates Isn’t Very Good for Women

Meredith Conroy and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight

Why aren’t more women elected to political office? One answer may be structural. There’s a host of research suggesting that in multi-member districts, more women are encouraged to run and have a higher chance of winning elections. And BLFF research consistently finds that voters are more comfortable seeing women serve as members of a legislature than electing them to executive offices. Take a look at this analysis to learn more about how multi-member districts could change the face of U.S. politics.

You can read the full article here.


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