Media Round-Up: Week of May 28th

BLFF Team | Jun 2, 2023


Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week, we’re collecting and sharing gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week:


Nevada governor signs new abortion protections into law

Adam Edelman, NBC News

On Tuesday, Governor Joe Lombardo of Nevada signed legislation to protect abortion rights for out-of-state patients seeking care, and for providers in the state. By signing this legislation, Lombardo became one of few Republican governors to move towards codifying abortion rights, as well as the only swing-state GOP governor to do so recently. Governor Lombardo’s actions could signal a degree of willingness in the Republican party to moderate on abortion rights since the fall of Roe v. Wade last June.

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More AAPI women are becoming federal judges, but barriers remain in the rise to the bench

Candice Norwood, The 19th*

Susan Oki Mollway became the first Asian-American woman to become an Article III judge in 1998, making history. Article III judges are nominated by the President and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate and include judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, federal district courts and the U.S. Court of International trade. Before Mollway’s appointment, only 11 of the previous 2.840 Article III judges were Asian-American and they were all men. Now, there are 29 total women who have been nominated and confirmed to sit on Article III courts. President Joe Biden appointed 12 Asian-American women to the position in his first two years in office.

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One of the most important women in American history has been forgotten

Christopher C. Gorham, The New York Times

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Anna Rosenberg was once a trusted advisor of several U.S. Presidents, including Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Johnson. Rosenberg assisted with various milestones in U.S. History including the Manhattan Project, GI Bill, and the desegregation of the military. Once regarded as the “busiest woman in New York,” Rosenberg began her career as a labor mediator in New York City. She then moved on to her career in politics by working on Franklin Roosevelt’s gubernatorial campaign. Later in her life, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt suggested that Rosenberg sum up her life’s work in a biography which she rebuffed. Rosenberg’s desire to not tout her achievements is a reminder of the value of behind-the-scenes players focused on addressing problems.

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Women In Film Turns 50 and Is Still “Helping the Next Generation Get Jobs” in Hollywood

Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Pamela McClintock, Yahoo

In 1973, Tichi Wilkerson founded the advocacy group Women in Film after she felt isolated professionally from Hollywood. Wilkerson became the publisher and editor of The Hollywood Reporter after her husband died in 1962 and although it was a prominent position, it still was not enough to join Hollywood’s many men’s clubs and associations. She later ran a front-page editorial in the magazine introducing people to Women in Film and cited that Hollywood was more prejudiced against women than anyone wanted to admit. The group quickly grew from 8 to 50 women members and still works to make Hollywood more inclusive for women.

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Democrats hope the Senate could finally have more than one Black woman

Ally Mutnick, Politico

Senate retirements in Maryland, Delaware, and California have created a trifecta of open seats in blue states, with Black women as top contenders in each field. Last week, Delaware Senator Tom Carper announced he would not be seeking a fifth term, throwing his support behind Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is campaigning to replace Senator Ben Cardin in Maryland. And in California, Representative Barbara Lee is one of three members of the state’s delegation running to fill the Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat. The Democratic primaries will see a 2024 battle to increase the Senate’s diversity.

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