Media Round-Up: Week of January 29th

BLFF Team | Feb 3, 2023


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


White women have long been unreliable voters for Democrats. Could that change in 2024?

Mabinty Quarshie and Ella Lee, USA Today

As the 2024 presidential election nears, Democrats face an underreported challenge: convincing white women to join and stay with the Democratic Party, giving Democrats a chance to control Washington. According to data from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, white women tend to vote more conservatively compared to women of color. Although the fall of Roe v. Wade last June pulled white women to the left, Republican messaging on education, focused on the teaching of “critical race theory” in particular, could make white women’s loyalty to the Democratic party more complicated long term.

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Rep. Nancy Mace warns her party to adopt a more ‘centrist’ abortion agenda or lose women voters

Mel Leonor Barclay, The 19th*

GOP Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina is warning her party that if they do not move their anti-abortion stance to a more centrist view, then the overturning of Roe v. Wade could become the party’s death knell. Representative Mace’s warnings to the Republican Party began when House Republicans held two votes on anti-abortion legislation at the start of the 118th Congress’ term. Representative Mace told The 19th* that Republicans could potentially lose support among Independent and Republican women voters in areas where abortion has become more of a front of mind issue since an increase in abortion bans have surfaced throughout the country.

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Single women are racing ahead of men in homeownership. Here’s why.

Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News

Despite earning less than men do, women who live alone collectively own millions more homes than their male counterparts. A recent analysis from LendingTree that looked at 2021 Census data showed that single women own roughly 10.7 million homes compared to 8.1 million for single men. Experts have found that there are multiple factors that contribute to this unexpected finding. Two examples include women having longer lifespans and women having higher rates of earning college degrees.

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The Rise of Women in PA Politics

Steve Ulrich, Politics PA

Although there is a growing number of women in politics in Pennsylvania, the state ranks 28th overall for female representation in state legislatures. Currently, there are five women in the U.S. House, 16 in the Pennsylvania State Senate, and 60 women in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 1955, Genevieve Blatt became the first woman in a statewide office, and made history again when she was nominated by a major party to run for Senate and was the first to be seated on the state’s Commonwealth Court. It would be sixteen more years before another milestone was made for women in Pennsylvania politics.

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There’s No Women’s Monument On The National Mall. Members Of Congress Aim To Change That

Erin Spencer Sairam, Forbes

There are currently no monuments of women at the National Mall, but Congress is trying to change that. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D) and Marsha Blackburn (R) as well as Representatives Joe Neguse (D) and Debbie Lesko (R) plan to introduce a bill that would erect a monument to honor the fight for women’s equality. The group is targeting Women’s History Month to file the “Women’s Suffrage National Monument Location Act.” The bipartisan group’s goal ahead of the deadline is to garner support from their colleagues, including the endorsement of every woman currently serving in Congress.

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