Media Round-Up: Week of January 8th

BLFF Team | Jan 13, 2023


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:


The Supreme Court could consider a charter school’s code requiring skirts or dresses for girls

Grace Panetta, The 19th*

The Supreme court could consider a case over a charter school in North Carolina requiring the girl students to wear skirts or dresses. is one of several major court cases in recent years that challenges school dress code politics as sexist and discriminatory. Supreme Court justices invited U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar to help the court decide on whether they should take up the case in a brief order on Monday. The K-8 public charter school says its enforced dress code is designed to promote “mutual respect between boys and girls.” In 2016, three parents of students at the school filed a lawsuit on behalf of their children to challenge the skirt requirement under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and Title IX.

Read the full story here.


Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take oath as Arkansas governor

Andrew DeMillo, Boston Globe

On Tuesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the oath to become Governor of Arkansas. The former White House press secretary is the first woman governor of the state, and she and Leslie Rutledge one of the first woman governor and lieutenant governor team to take office in history. Governor Huckabee’s father, Mike Huckabee, served as Arkansas’ governor for more than a decade. A few of Governor Huckabee’s focus areas will include “…  improving literacy, pay raises for teachers, school safety measures and some form of using public money to pay for private schooling or homeschooling.” Governor Huckabee succeeded Asa Hutchinson, who is leaving office due to term limits after eight years.

Read the full story here.


Progressive Rep. Katie Porter launches bid for Feinstein’s California Senate seat

Eric Bradner and David Wright, CNN

On Tuesday, California Representative Katie Porter announced her 2024 Senate bid. Representative Porter’s campaign is vying for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat. Although Senator Feinstein has made no public plans for 2024 and her office has not yet released a response to Porter’s announcement, many believe that she is likely to retire. Representative Porter studied under Senator Elizabeth Warren while at Harvard Law School and is known for her sharp questioning in House committee hearings. Representative Porter currently serves as deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Other potential contenders for the seat include US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Rep. Adam Schiff, Lt. Gov Eleni Kounalakis, and Attorney General Rob Bonta.

Read the full story here.


Jennifer McClellan On Track to Become First Black Woman to Represent Virginia in Congress

Jessica Washington, Yahoo Life

Jennifer McClellan could make history next month as the first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress. State Senator McClellan received the Democratic nomination in December to fill the seat of the late Representative Donald McEachin. According to NPR news, Senator McClellan’s victory was decisive, winning 85 percent of the vote. McClellan is the clear favorite for the special election which will be held on February 21st.

Read the full story here.


The House of Representatives will have more guys named ‘Mike’ than women chairing committees under the new Republican majority

Bryan Metzger, Business Insider

The House Republicans have announced their new slate of committee chairs for the 118th Congress. The results of this new slate include six incoming committee chairs named Mike or Michael compared to three incoming committee chairs who are women. The women committee chairs include Kay Granger of Texas, chairing the Appropriations Committee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, chairing the Education and Workforce Committee, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chairing the Energy and Commerce Committee. Although there is a new record of Republican women serving in the House, the number of women chairing committees has decreased from the previous administration.

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