Media Round-Up: Week of July 17th

BLFF Team | Jul 22, 2022


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:


Historic number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office this year, LGBTQ Victory Fund says

Rachel Janfaza and Devan Cole, CNN

According to data from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to helping elect LGBTQ candidates, a historic number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office this year. The group’s data shows that so far, 1,008 LGBTQ people will be on the ballot for all levels of elected office. Currently there are 11 LGBTQ members of Congress, and since 2020 there has been a 73% increase in LGBTQ people running for federal office.

Read the full story here.


‘History Is Everything’: Making a Film About Black Maternal Mortality

Maya Salam, New York Times

A new documentary on Hulu titled Aftershock focuses on the epidemic of Black women’s high maternal mortality rates in the United States. The US is the most dangerous industrialized country to give birth in according to data from The Commonwealth Fund, with Black women dying in childbirth at three times the rate of white women. The documentary chronicles the aftermath of the death of Shamony Gibson two weeks after she gave birth to her son, including her partner and mother spreading awareness about Black women’s mortality during childbirth.

Read the full story here.


Capitol Police arrest 17 members of Congress at abortion rights protest near Supreme Court

Chelsey Cox, USA Today

An abortion rights protest held this past Tuesday led to the arrests of 35 people, including 17 members of Congress. This protest has been one of the dozens that have taken place in front of the Supreme Court since the judicial body overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) in June. Among the members of Congress arrested are: Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and fourteen others.

Read the full story here.


Women represent 7% of long-haul truckers. What’s life like for them on the road?

Gregory Warner, NPR

During the Biden administration’s first couple of months in office, officials released an action plan to strengthen America’s trucking workforce. One of the solutions proposed to improve the country’s trucking force is to hire more women, who currently represent 7% of long-haul truckers. Although a viable solution, the question remains: is the trucking industry welcoming to women?

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