Media Round Up: Week of October 18th

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:

Men and Women Have Never Been More Politically Divided

Eric Levitz, The New York Intelligencer

This article breaks down the extreme polarity between men and women voters in 2020. “Barring a giant polling error, the 2020 election will witness the largest gender gap in partisan preference since women gained the franchise. As CNN’s Harry Enten observed earlier this month, Biden’s average lead among women in recent interview polls is about 25 points; no nominee of either party has ever led by that much among women in a final preelection survey, not even in the landslide years of 1964 and 1984.”

You can read the full article here.

The Power—And Threat—Of Mothers Like Amy Coney Barrett 

Lyz Lenz, Glamour 

Lyz Lenz discusses the “mom” trope every woman who is a mother in politics faces in US politics.Coney Barrett is a mother of seven children, and her status as a mother was praised by Republicans, who have waved it like a flag over the proceedings. She’s a mother, so you can trust her. She’s a mother, so she must be good. Never mind that motherhood should not be a factor in a person’s job interview. No, it should not be used against someone. It is also not a qualification.”

You can read the full article here.

How Kamala Harris highlights what women in politics face

Unknown Author, BBC

Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, offers an analysis on the obstacles Kamala Harris and other women in politics tend to face. “Women in politics must walk a fine line between assertive and aggressive. Research shows that existing, unconscious gender biases can make women come across as condescending where their male counterparts might be lauded as confident.”

You can read the full article here.

Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. And they feel the heavy burden of this election.

Kate Bolduan, CNN

This article features four different women living in Michigan, offering insight into each of their lives and the challenges they face as black women voters in the US.Trump’s Michigan victory was one of the biggest surprises of 2016. He won the state by just 10,704 votes. Wayne County, which includes Detroit, the largest Black-majority city in the country, was critical to that result. Hillary Clinton still won the county by a large margin — but she received about 76,000 fewer votes than President Barack Obama did in 2012.”

You can read the full article here.

Kristen Welker proves to be taming force at Trump and Biden’s final showdown

Quint Forgey, Politico

Kristen Welker of NBC News took control of the debate stage on Thursday night, steadily wrangling a more muted Donald Trump and even earning praise from the president at one point — though not all of the White House’s allies had such kind words about the moderator’s primetime performance.

You can read the full article here.

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