Media Round-Up: Week of October 17th

BLFF Team | Oct 22, 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:


Annette Taddeo launches campaign to be Florida’s first Latina governor

Bianca Padró Ocasio, Tampa Bay Times

After months of speculation, Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo announced her run for Governor of Florida. Taddeo is the only nonwhite candidate in the running for the gubernatorial position in a state where Hispanic people make up 27 percent of the population. Running as a grassroots candidate, Taddeo hopes her candidacy will create a “winning coalition” of Latina and African-American voters, two groups that are heavily underrepresented among politicians in the state. If Taddeo is elected as the Democratic nominee, she would be the first Latina candidate to earn a major party nomination for Florida governor.

Read the full story here.


U.S. women are largely dissatisfied with how they’re treated. Most men don’t see a problem.

Janay Kingsberry, The Lily

A recent Gallup poll found that women’s satisfaction regarding treatment based on their gender is at an all time low. However, men don’t see this as a problem with 61 percent of them thinking that men and women have equal job opportunities in contrast with only 33 percent of women thinking the same. The study also showed that only a little over 50 percent of Americans are very or somewhat satisfied with women’s treatment in society, tying a record low in 2017 when the #MeToo movement gained traction. The statistics continue to decrease when looking at the treatment of women of color in society.

Read the full story here.


Penn State professor reveals how close America is to “Electing Madam President.”

Sayo Adeniji, The Hofstra Chronicle

‘“As we learn about women who have run for the United States presidency, I’d like you to keep in mind who she is, where she comes from, what motivates her to be a political candidate and what makes her want to run for the highest office in the country,’” [Dr. Nichola] Gutgold said.

Dr. Nichola Gutgold, a communication arts and sciences professor at Penn State Lehigh Valley recently delivered a lecture on female politician’s journeys in running for the presidency. Gutgold referenced the political careers of Shirley Chisolm, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Chase Smith and others, highlighting the progress women have made towards winning the presidency.

Read the full story here.


‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad

Orion Rummler, The 19th*

Last week the WNBA took out an ad in the New York Times denouncing Senate Bill 8, also known as the Texas abortion ban. The ad debuted on the same day as Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in Chicago. In addition to the full-page ad, hundreds of WNBA players called on the Supreme Court to uphold abortion rights in an amicus brief in September. The WNBA’s ad was taken out in partnership with Planned Parenthood, Athletes for Impact, Seeding Sovereignty and two other reproductive rights groups.

Read the full story here.


This Is How Everyday Sexism Could Stop You From Getting That Promotion

Jessica Nordell, The New York Times

While many acknowledge that discrimination in hiring practices and promotion cycles are detrimental, many people don’t take into account the smaller incidents that lead to women not being promoted as much as men. Factors like golf outings they’re not invited to, “mansplaining” and/or “manterrupting,” not receiving credit for their work, and unfair performance reviews, are some of the small indignities women experience in their careers that may not get them a well- deserved promotion. Jessica Nordell’s book, “The End of Bias: A Beginning” explores the nuances of this topic even further with research and cases studies.

Read the full story here.

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