Media Round Up: Week of June 28th

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:

‘It’s More Than a Seat at the Table’

Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

The 2020 presidential primaries were all about one word: electability. The prevailing wisdom has been that “electable” means a white man candidate. As the pandemic highlights the strengths of women elected officials, that outdated idea has been proven false. Many prominent Democrats are convinced that Biden must pick not only a woman, but a woman of color, in order to fare well this fall.

You can read the full article here.

We’re still not giving women equal opportunity to run and win

Cynthia Richie Terrell, The Hill

One of the biggest obstacles facing women running for office is fundraising. A new report from RepresentWomen found that women often raise as much as men do, but mostly rely on small-dollar donations. PACs tend to support incumbent candidates, who are overwhelmingly men, making it difficult for women candidates to get their foot in the door.

You can read the full article here.

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

Deb Perelman, The New York Times

Lack of affordable childcare locked women out of the workforce before the pandemic, and is now presenting difficulties for working parents trying to balance work and parenthood. As states begin to reopen, parents are expected to return to work despite schools and childcare centers remaining closed. Now, mothers are expected to home school while working full-time, with no end in sight. This urgent crisis demands immediate policy change to protect working families.

You can read the full article here.

Black Trans Women Seek More Space in the Movement They Helped Start

Isabella Grullón Paz and Maggie Astor, The New York Times

Transgender women of color have led the LGBTQ+ movement for decades, despite often being forgotten or erased in mainstream advocacy. As the killings of two Black trans women have brought focus to the violence trans women of color face, trans activists are taking the spotlight and highlighting their advocacy. Now, movement leaders are calling for changes in policy, and within their movements.

You can read the full article here.

‘And She Could Be Next’ Review

Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter

Looking for an interesting quarantine watch? PBS premiered their new documentary series, “And She Could Be Next,” this week. Executive produced by Ava DuVernay, it tracks the actual campaigns of several women of color who ran for office in 2018. Check it out this week to hear more about the incredible stories of the women changing American politics.

You can read the full article here.


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