Media Round Up: Week of July 14th


Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’ll be collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories, and here’s what caught our eye this week:

Americans Say They Would Vote For A Woman, But…

By Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, FiveThirtyEight

Although 94% of Americans would vote for a woman president, women candidates still face strict conditions for their electability. Research has shown that men are naturally associated with leadership while women have to prove it. Amanda Hunter from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation says, “Women are judged more harshly if it seems like they’re learning on the job so that means they have to be uber-prepared to run.”

You can read the full article here.

Why Sexist Coverage of Women in Politics Matters

By Dustin Harp, Ms. Magazine

The media plays an instrumental role in how women candidates are perceived by the public. Therefore, journalists have the opportunity to represent women candidates outside of sexist stereotypes, but unfortunately, they often reproduce them instead.

You can read the full article here.

Why aren’t more Republican women in Congress?

By Zack Stanton, Politico

While the number of Republican women running for office has reached record highs, the number getting elected is the lowest its been in a quarter-century. Rebecca Schuller from Winning for Women blames a “lack of resources” and “difficult GOP primaries” for their losses.

You can read the full article here.

Kamala Harris isn’t ‘electable’? It could be a code for not being a white man

By Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle

Kamala Harris is leading alongside Joe Biden in the California polls, yet Harris’ electability continues to be questioned. According to the Women & Politics Institute’s Betsy Fischer Martin, “the conventional wisdom is that electability is the most important thing, but it’s only one factor of what people are thinking about. And for female candidates, that is a good thing.”

You can read the full article here.

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