Media Round Up: Week of July 12th

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:

‘This Is Not a Boring History of Nagging Spinsters’

Jessica Bennett and Veronica Chambers, The New York Times

The story of suffrage is often wildly incomplete, leaving out the stories of women of color, working class women, and immigrant women who fought for their right to vote. The movement didn’t end with the 19th Amendment, either; it would take many more years for women of color to freely exercise their right to vote. The New York Times spoke to seven experts about suffrage misconceptions, the women left out of the history books, and the movement’s relevance today.

You can read the full article here.

West Virginia, Louisiana elect first openly transgender women to political positions

Anagha Srikanth, The Hill

2020 is ushering in a “Rainbow Wave” of LGBTQ+ candidates. There are at least 850 LGBTQ+ candidates on ballots in the country, which is almost twice as many as in the 2018 cycle. Now, West Virginia has made history for electing the state’s first openly transgender official to local office, and Louisiana has followed suit by electing its first openly trans woman to a political position.

You can read the full article here.

Sexism affects voting and puts Joe Biden in bind for his vice president

Lauren Wright, The Hill

Campaigning as a woman comes with sexism, traps, and expectations that men do not have to worry about. As the first woman VP pick on a major party ticket in 12 years, and only the 3rd in history, the Democratic nominee will face more intense pressure. Black women candidates have to walk an especially tedious tightrope, dealing with racist stereotypes as well as sexism.

You can read the full article here.

This is how America feels about feminism in 2020

Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY

A new Pew Research Center survey gives a closer look into American’s thoughts on gender equality. While a third of adults say feminism has helped white women a lot, only 21% say it’s done the same for Black women, and just one-in-ten say it’s helped poor women a lot. Black women are essential to the feminist movement, both historically and today. Click to read more about the survey’s important findings.

You can read the full article here.

The Group Behind Viral Anti-Trump Ads Wants to Win in November. Their Hyper Masculine Approach Isn’t Helping

Amanda Becker, Glamour

The Lincoln Project’s ads are generating social media buzz, but their strategy might not be effective. The group’s videos emphasize masculine leadership attributes and mock Trump’s stamina and mental acuity. These tactics don’t appeal to women, and could even turn them off – despite women being a critical voting bloc. The majority of the Lincoln Project’s co-founders are men, proving the importance of having a diversity of voices at the table.

You can read the full article here.


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