Media Round Up: Week of May 17th

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:

Emulating Democrats, G.O.P. Ties House Hopes to Diverse Recruits

Catie Edmondson, The New York Times

In 2018, Democrats saw large wins by creating a diverse class of first-time politicians. Now, House Republicans are also building a new set of candidates, increasing the number of women, people of color, and first-generation recruits. Especially in competitive races, this is a signal of the importance of building a diverse, representative coalition of elected officials.

You can read the full article here.

The pandemic upended child care. It could be devastating for working women.

Amanda Becker, The Washington Post

COVID-19 has caused schools and child care centers across the country to close. Now, some groups predict that as many as one-third of child care centers may not reopen at all, leaving families without care options, or stuck with rising costs. The effects will be amplified for working mothers, now tasked with balancing their professions and an increase burden of care.

You can read the full article here.

The End of ‘Who Me? For V.P.?’ Politics

Mark Leibovich, The New York Times

Traditionally, prospective vice presidential candidates have been required to appear reluctant or nonchalant when asked about the position. This cycle, the women rumored to be on Biden’s shortlist aren’t afraid to say they’re ready for the job. Voters often expect women to be more cautious about their ambitions, but many of these women aren’t afraid to be candid.

You can read the full article here.

Women are burned out at work and at home

Emily Stewart, Vox

New research from Sheryl Sanderberg’s organization Lean In shows that women are spending more time on household labor. Mothers with full-time jobs report spending 71 hours a week on child care, elder care, and household chores, compared with 51 hours for men. Sandberg calls this a “double-double shift” as women continue to work overtime at work and at home.

You can read the full article here.

Federal judge rules Texans afraid of catching Covid-19 can vote by mail

Kelly Mena, CNN

This week, a Texas federal judge ruled that all voters in the state can request absentee ballots due to the pandemic. The “disability” provision of the election code applies to those afraid of infection. The decision will greatly expand voting rights in Texas, allowing more voters to participate in the upcoming primary runoff and general elections without fear of their health.

You can read the full article here.


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