Media Round Up: Week of July 19th

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:

Joe Biden’s Vice President Could Be the Most Powerful in History

Christian Paz, The Atlantic

If elected, Joe Biden’s VP would have weighty responsibilities as the country combats the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession, serving as a national leader. Editor Christian Paz writes, “The woman Biden picks could be seen as a potential president-in-waiting, a signal for the Democratic Party’s agenda in the years to come, and perhaps the most significant player trying to help Biden manage a country—and a federal government—in crisis.”

You can read the full article here.

These Black female soldiers brought order to chaos and delivered a blow against inequality

Channon Hodge and Tawanda Scott Sambou, CNN

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known at the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-Black women’s Army Corps unit to serve in Europe during World War II. The battalion faced inequalities on the streets of Europe, and in the segregated military, but skill excelled at processing millions of pieces of important mail. Click to learn more about their experiences serving the country.

You can read the full article here.

Congressional upsets: Progressives, candidates of color, and GOP outsiders net primary wins

Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY

The 2020 congressional primary elections have been full of upsets. Candidates of color, especially Black candidates, have seen several unexpected wins across the country. More Republican women are also winning primaries, already beating previous records. While the primary season isn’t over yet, it’s clear that 2020 will see new gains in representation for Americans.

You can read the full article here.

What Ted Yoho’s AOC outburst says about the state of men in politics

Jennifer Palmieri, Vanity Fair

Tensions flared this week when Congressman Ted Yoho challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a personal confrontation on the Capitol steps. The gendered conflict with men in power is a struggle many women in politics still face today. Author Jennifer Palmieri writes, “women who challenge norms and power structures, both with what they say and what their ascension represents, endure these kinds of attacks with frequency.”

You can read the full article here.

8 Things Teen Girl Activists Want You To Know About Their Pandemic Life

Nadia Whitehead, NPR

Throughout the pandemic, young women have stepped up to use their activism for change. NPR spoke to 11 girl activists about their movements, the pandemic, and how their lives have changed over the last few months. Read more to learn about these incredible young women and their work.

You can read the full article here.


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