Media Round Up: Week of November 8th

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:

Kamala Harris makes history many times over as vice president-elect

Melanie Mason, LA Times

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is breaking barriers as the first woman VP in history. “With her election to the second-highest post in the nation, Kamala Harris has secured her place in history as a first — several times over. The first woman to be vice president. First Black person. First Asian American.”

You can read the full article here.

Why It Matters That Jill Biden Plans To Teach While Serving As First Lady

Emily Peck, Huffington Post

Jill Biden will be the first, first lady in history to maintain a full-time job. This article discusses why this is so important. “I like working,” the 69-year-old Biden explained to Vogue in September. “Like so many of your readers, I’m a working woman. [Teaching is] my passion. That’s what I love doing. That has been my career and really a major focus in my life, so I feel like I could handle it and do everything else that first ladies want to do.”

You can read the full article here.

Biden’s transition team brings in diverse coalition of experts, at least half of whom are women

Alexis Lanza, The 19th News

President-elect Joe Biden announced members of his ”agency review teams” Tuesday, putting Biden’s commitments to a diverse administration in action for the first time. “Of the 500 members, more than half are women and, according to a press release from the Biden camp, around ‘40 percent represent communities historically underrepresented in the federal government, including people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.’”

You can read the full article here.

With her history-making win in Missouri, Cori Bush joins a strong tradition of Black women activists

Lena Felton, The Lily

Cori Bush has made history as the first Black woman elected to congress from Missouri. “Back in 2014, Bush didn’t even consider herself an activist. But after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a White police officer in Ferguson, she knew she needed to do something. As a pastor and a nurse, she planned to take to the streets to ‘help pray with people’ and to work as a medic, she says. But within months, she would become a leader in the movement and says she was quickly approached by fellow activists and community leaders to run for office.”

You can read the full article here.

 ‘Whatever it takes’: how Black women fought to mobilize America’s voters

Jessica Washington and Tiffany Arnold, The Guardian

Black women in particular have been instrumental and a crucial voting bloc for the Democratic Party. Many Democrats are attributing this years’ victories, especially in Georgia, to Black women—and specifically to Stacey Abrams. “But this November, successfully flipping the southern, Republican-led state of Georgia to the Democrats for the first time in 28 years has drawn attention to the organizational power of Black women, whose large-scale mobilization efforts appear to have resulted in massive turnout among people of color in those cities, experts say.”

You can read the full article here.

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