Media Round Up: Week of June 21st

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:

‘I want to see myself:’ Black women mount public and private campaign for Biden to pick a Black woman running mate

Jasmine Wright, Abby Phillip, and Annie Grayer, CNN

As Black women reach unprecedented political power, there is an ongoing campaign to persuade Joe Biden to select a Black woman as his running mate. Multiple prominent Black women and groups have signed public letters putting pressure on the Biden campaign. Activists argue that a woman of color will have the lived experience necessary to navigate racial issues, and will uplift and energize the Democratic base.

You can read the full article here.

Where The Women Aren’t: On Coronavirus Task Forces

Malaka Gharib, NPR

Men represent the majority of members on COVID-19 task forces, despite the disproportionate effects the virus has on women’s lives. Now, women activists are pushing for great representation. Click to learn more about the issues women are fighting for, including data based on gender, more women representatives, and women-centered policies.

You can read the full article here.

The True Fight For Gender Equality In New York Is Just Getting Started

Elly Belle, Refinery29

New York activists are working to change an outdated law that prevents non-binary and genderfluid people from running for office under their own gender identity. Currently, candidates must still run with a gender marker, but this may soon change on the local and state level. One candidate says, “As a Black Queer person who is Genderfluid, I know how much authentic representation matters in our policies and political discourse. Representation not only matters, it is essential to our democracy.”

You can read the full article here.

The fight to vote: Black activists work to upend a history of voter suppression

Anthony Rivas, ABC News

In primary elections across the country, Black voters have experienced long lines, overwhelmed poll workers, and failing equipment. Black Americans have faced a long history of voter suppression, still seen in many communities today.  Read more from leading activists about their recent experiences voting and their fight for fair voting access.

You can read the full article here.

How to Get Involved in Local Politics

Rachel Epstein and Megan DiTrolio, Marie Claire

Marie Claire has a great new resource for women looking to participate in politics. Whether you’re looking to run for office or just get more engaged, you can find step-by-step instructions and suggestions. As the 2020 elections pick up, now’s the time to step up!

You can read the full article here.


Five stories not enough? Sign-up for the Women & Politics Institute’s weekly newsletter, the WeLead Reader.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter to keep track of all things gender and politics.

Join the Conversation