Media Round-Up: Week of October 10th

BLFF Team | Oct 15, 2021


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:


How 5 women paved Kathy Hochul’s road to New York’s highest office

Jeannie McBride, Spectum Local News

In July of 1848, five women held the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Mary M’Clintock, Martha Coffin Wright, and Jane Hunt held this convention in order to, “… discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.” The five women chose Seneca Falls because it was the central location to communicate their calls for equality down the Erie Canal and railways in America. This group of women are an integral part of the legacy of women in politics, and most recently to Kathy Hochul taking New York State’s highest office.

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Meet 3 girls working to close the digital divide around the world

Julianne McShane, The Lily

International Day of the Girl is an International Day of Observance that increases awareness of gender equality for young women. This year’s theme focused on increasing young women’s access to technology. Studies show that across the world girls have lower access to technology than boys do. With less access to technology than their young male counterparts, young women face more barriers to workforce participation and digital literacy. Across the world, three young women are working to end the digital divide for girls.

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Planned Parenthood groups detail the impact of Texas’ abortion law on patients and providers in legal brief

Jennifer Gerson, The 19th*

Last week, abortions after six weeks were legally allowed to resume in Texas after a judge blocked Senate Bill 8. After two days, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit allowed Senate Bill 8 to resume. A few days after Senate Bill 8 resumed from the temporary block, six Planned Parenthood groups in Texas and other states have filed an amicus brief highlighting the impact of the ban on patients and providers.

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Val Arkoosh is vying for Pa.’s open U.S. Senate seat. And she’s prioritizing women in the workforce

Marley Parish, Pennsylvania Capital Star

In a tight race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat, Val Arkoosh has thrown her hat in the ring. Arkoosh’s platform focuses on women returning to the workforce. The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women when it comes to work, due to many having to leave their jobs in order to assume childhood care duties. Arkoosh’s proposal also includes a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave and access to no-cost contraception and abortion.

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The Pay Gap for Women Starts With a Responsibility Gap

Laura Kray and Margaret Lee , Wall Street Journal

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 women earned 82 cents for each dollar a man made. That number decreases when looking at women of color, and increases when women get more senior. Popular culture suggests that women on average do not receive higher salaries due to a number of factors including not asking for as much money as men and making “career-limiting” moves like looking for more flexible schedules. However, recent studies suggest that women do actually ask for more money when negotiating, they just aren’t getting the same results as their male counterparts.

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