Media Round Up: Week of November 3rd    


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:

Why double standards are still the norm

By Maggie Astor, On Politics, New York Times

This week the Barbara Lee Family Foundation released new research titled, “Ready, Willing, & Electable: Women Running for Executive Office.” Maggie Astor dug into the report to share notable findings and key takeaways. She explains:

“There is good news and bad news in a study that the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which supports women in politics, is releasing tonight. The good news: Most Americans recognize that women face double standards when running for office. The bad news: Many of them are still applying those double standards anyway.”

You can read the full article here.

Is Elizabeth Warren ‘angry’ and antagonistic? Or are rivals dabbling in gendered criticism?

By Matt Viser and Annie Linskey, Washington Post

As Elizabeth Warren continues to rise in the polls, she has faced a number of attacks from her political rivals. She has been described as angry, uncompromising, and elitist. While these words may not seem very significant, Amanda Hunter from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation says, “Labeling a woman angry, or emotional or shrill, is a well-worn strategy when it comes to attacking women’s qualification to serve as office.” In other words, gendered criticism exists, and it is harmful to women candidates.

You can read the full article here.

Female 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Face a ‘Gender Penalty’ Online, Study Finds

By Suyin Haynes, Time

A new study released on Tuesday tracked the relationship between the presidential candidates and the media, and we’re sure you won’t be surprised to hear that the women candidates are more negatively impacted. While they have received more media coverage than their male opponents, they have been disproportionately targeted by fake news accounts and their coverage has been geared towards their character rather than their policy. Check out the results of the study and its possible implications.

You can read the full article here.

Massachusetts isn’t always as progressive as it seems. Our female leaders are fighting to change that

By Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe

History was made in Boston this week after the city elected it’s first majority-women city council. Despite this achievement, women leaders in Massachusetts are drawing attention to how much work still needs to be done, a sentiment surely felt by women across the country. U.S. Representative Katherine Clark says, “Women are not giving up their political power, and we are not going to let the clock be turned back on us.”

You can read the full article here.

Beyond Electable: The Women’s Wave Is Here To Stay

By Erin Vilardi, Forbes

This week, women were responsible for a number of historic wins when 19 states held their municipal and statewide elections. New BLFF research shows that their success is par for the course. Although women continue to face a double standard on the campaign trail, voters are ready for them to take charge. Erin Vilardi writes, “Let’s stop talking about women’s electability. Let’s start talking about their impact.”

You can read the full article here.


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