Gender + Politics Media Round-Up: Week of March 19th

BLFF Team | Mar 24, 2023


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:


Nearly 300,000 women served during the Iraq War. Two decades later, they remain ‘the invisible veterans.’

Mariel Padilla, The 19th*

Over a quarter million service women have served in Iraq since the United States went to war with the country 20 years ago. According to the Service Women’s Action Network, more than 1,000 women have been injured during combat and 166 have been killed as of 2017. Although the United States formally withdrew its combat forces in 2011, there is still a military presence. Experts say that despite the increase in women soldiers, and visibility of their service leading to major policy changes, many women veterans of the Iraq War remain “invisible and unrecognized among the American public.”

Read the full story here.


The Vice President and Glamour Cohost Women’s History Month Brunch

Natasha Pearlman, Glamour

Vice President Kamala Harris and Glamour cohosted a brunch celebrating Women’s History Month at the vice president’s residence on Saturday, March 18th. Some of the attendees of the brunch include Grammy Award winner Megan Thee Stallion, actresses Nicole Ari Parker and Phoebe Robinson, and author and activist Marley Dias. Vice President Harris delivered an impassioned speech about “women’s power, economic empowerment, and the importance of passing paid leave.”

Read the full story here.

USA TODAY names 2023 Women of the Year

Gianna Melillo, The Hill

USA Today announced their annual list of Women of the Year to commemorate Women’s History Month. The honorees this year include public figures, politicians, and activists who have used their voices to spark widespread positive change. Some of the women on this year’s list include former First Lady Michelle Obama, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, actresses Goldie Hawn and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and the USA Women’s Soccer Team. The work of the group of honorees ranged from advocacy for equal pay to championing for children’s mental health.

Read the full story here.


The push for women in architecture is building momentum

Cameron Sperance,

Women made up nearly 11 percent of U.S. construction workers last year, a record high according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An annual survey conducted by the American Institute of Architecture reported that there is gender parity in the pipeline of students entering the architecture and design sector. Firms in commercial real estate and finance have made urgent efforts to promote more gender and racial diversity and inclusivity. Although there is progress being made, the same survey indicated that equal representation begins to trail the closer one gets to the executive level.

Read the full story here.

The Women Behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott

LA Johnson, Karen Grigsby Bates, Barrett Golding, Courtney Stein, Diba Mohtasham, Jess Kung, NPR

From December of 1955 through December of 1965, the Montgomery bus boycott took place in Alabama. Most remember Rosa Parks giving up her seat, which started the bus boycott then led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The retelling linked below by Code Switch highlights the women behind the boycott who helped it sustain for 13 months.

Read the full story here.







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