Media Round-Up: Week of October 1, 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:


Newsom picks Laphonza Butler as Feinstein replacement

Christopher Cadelago, Politico 

On Sunday, news broke that California Governor Gavin Newsom will appoint EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler to fill the seat of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein. This announcement came just two days after Feinstein’s death and Congress narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. Butler was sworn-in to the U.S. senate on Wednesday by Vice President Kamala Harris. Prior to heading Emily’s List, Butler was a director of public policy and campaigns at Airbnb, spent twenty years as a powerhouse labor leader with the Service Employees International Union, and a key strategist for Vice President Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential run. Butler is the first openly LGBTQ person to represent California in the Senate, and the third Black woman to serve in the body.

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Nikki Haley Won the Debate Stage. Now, She’s Trying to Win Over Iowa.

Michael Gold, New York Times

While Nikki Haley has gracefully dealt with hecklers and delivered memorable one-liners garnering her buzz, attention, and money, she is still significantly polling behind former President Donald Trump, and Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. To boost her chances, Haley has been banking on events like the town hall she had in Iowa last Saturday, an intimate gathering of about 150 people in a ballroom with campaign posters. At Saturday’s town hall, Haley was casually dressed and emphasized her small-town origins and acknowledged her alma mater’s football team. Haley’s appeal to this demographic is helping her inch up in the polls; however, she is still not winning over everyone.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg honored on new postage stamp

Kaanita Iyer and Ariane de Vogue, CNN

On Monday, the United States Postal Service released its postage stamp honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Last year USPS announced that it would feature an oil painting of former Justice Ginsburg on a “Forever” stamp, which currently costs 66 cents. USPS says the stamp celebrates “groundbreaking contributions to justice, gender equality and the rule of law.” Justice Ginsburg’s granddaughter lauded the USPS’s honor of her grandmother and said Ginsburg “would be absolutely delighted” that a record four women are serving on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Jill Biden urges women to get mammograms or other cancer exams during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Darlene Superville, ABC News via Associated Press

In a new public service announcement for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, First Lady Jill Biden urged women to consult their doctors about getting mammograms or other cancer screenings. In her 30-second spot airing on Lifetime this week, First Lady Biden said, “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’m asking you to put your health first … Take a moment to talk to your doctor about whether it’s time for your mammogram or other cancer screenings. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that early detection of cancer saves lives.” Biden is a longtime advocate for breast cancer education and prevention. Her advocacy began in 1993 when four of her friends were diagnosed with the disease; shortly afterward, Biden launched the Biden Breast Health Initiative in Delaware to teach high school girls about the importance of early detection.

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Hillary Clinton Launches the First Women-Led and Founded Global Politics Institute

Monique Wilson, Glamour

Secretary Hillary Clinton is returning to the classroom by combining forces with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in an effort to increase women’s voices in foreign relations through the university’s new Institute of Global Politics. Alongside Dean Keren Yahri-Milo, Secretary Clinton will teach a class called “In the Situation Room,” which focuses on recognizing and responding to global patterns across the economy and democracy. The Institute has a star-studded first class of fellows including voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, and Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa.

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