Media Round-Up: Week of June 12th

BLFF Team | Jun 17, 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:


Title IX aimed to get women into grad schools. Over 50 years, it shaped their role in sports.

Rachel Axon, Lindsay Schnell, Lydia Chebbine, The 19th*

June 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, a groundbreaking law banning sex discrimination in schools. Originally aimed at getting more women into graduate school, now Title IX is most associated with fair treatment of women in sports, given its direct link to an uptick in women’s participation over the past five decades. In addition to increases in admissions to graduate school and participation in athletics, Title IX also has a host of other protections for women.

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The gun deal could close the ‘boyfriend loophole.’ Here’s what it is.

Abigail Higgins, Washington Post

Bipartisan legislation on gun control may be coming down the pipeline soon, according to an announcement made last Sunday. While some gun control advocates say that the proposed gun legislation could be stricter, one provision would provide a significant win for domestic violence victim advocates – closure of the “boyfriend loophole.” The “boyfriend loophole” refers to the fact that while federal law bans firearm purchases from, “… those convicted of domestic violence against someone they have been married to, lived with, or with whom they have a child,” it excludes all other dating partners.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms, Former Atlanta Mayor, to Be Biden Senior Adviser

Peter Baker, The New York Times

Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be joining the White House staff as a Biden Senior Advisor, a White House official said on Tuesday. In her role, Bottoms will advise President Joe Biden on managing relations with pivotal constituent groups heading into the midterm campaigns. Before she was elected mayor in 2017, Bottoms served as a judge and city councilwoman in Atlanta.

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AARP Research Shows Black Women Voters 50 and Older Will Help Decide the Balance of Power in Next Election

Washington Informer

According to research conducted by the AARP in partnership with pollsters Celinda Lake, Christine Matthews, Kristen Soltis Anderson, and Margie Omero found that 17% of Black women 50 and older know who they will vote for in the upcoming midterm elections. The research also shows that a little over half (53%) of the focus group said that they will not know who they are voting for until weeks or even days before the midterms. The survey found that Black women 50 and older are concerned about the economy and feeling left behind by elected officials, leading to their uncertainty of who to vote for. Experts suggest that to get Black women 50 and older’s vote, it would be in a candidate’s best interest to listen to the group’s wants and concerns.

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