Media Round Up: Week of November 15th

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:

Arizona surprised the nation in the presidential election. Native voters are part of the reason, these activists say.

Cecilia Nowell, The Lily

The state of Arizona turned blue for the first time this election since 1996. This article explains that Native American voters largely contributed to this. “Arizona is home to 22 Native American tribes spread across 20 reservations and a large urban Indian population located in Maricopa County. On Navajo Nation, 97 percent of votes have gone to Biden. Further south, on the Tohono O’odham Nation, Biden received 90 percent of votes. Elsewhere, between 70 to 90 percent of Indigenous votes have clocked in for Biden.”

You can read the full article here.

“The First Woman in This Office, But Not the Last”: Four Ways to Empower a New Generation of Women Political Leaders

Lucina De-Meco, Ms. Magazine 

Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and woman of color to be elected as Vice President. The path for leadership seems impossible for some girls across the world. This article discusses how can we foster the next generation of effective women leaders.

You can read the full article here.

‘We’ve worked for it’: Barbara Lee on the future of Black women in leadership

Errin Haines, The 19th News

In this article, Rep. Barbara Lee discusses her future and what’s next for Black women in political leadership after a year that saw record turnout, organizing and candidacies for public office for the vanguard constituency of the Democratic Party.

You can read the full article here.

2021’s Congress will feature the most women of color ever

Sandhya Kambhampati and Jackeline Luna, LA Times

This article discusses the recordnumber of women of color who will serve in Congress in 2021. “There will be more women of color sworn in to the 117th U.S. Congress than ever before, with at least 51 women of color elected. Ballots are still being tallied in two close races, so the number could climb.”

You can read the full article here.

Despite Recent Gains, Women Are Still Underrepresented in Local Politics

Trevor Bach, US News

Women have broken numerous glass ceilings this year in politics. The U.S. has elected its first woman and woman of color Vice President, a recordnumber of women of color have been elected into Congress, and more GOP women were elected than ever before. But, in local politics, women still are underrepresented. ” As of September 2019, according to data from the U.S Conference of Mayors, among American cities with populations of at least 30,000 residents, only 22% had female mayors. Of the country’s 100 largest cities, 27 had female mayors. (The largest cities with female mayors are Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco.) As of late 2017, roughly 32% of American municipal councilors were women, according to research from The City Mayors Foundation. The vast majority of local councils remained predominantly male.”

You can read the full article here.

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