Media Round-Up: Week of October 22, 2023

BLFF Team | Oct 27, 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:


Tammy Baldwin has won big in closely divided Wisconsin. Can she do it again?

Amanda Becker, Ms. Magazine

Tammy Baldwin, one of the country’s most progressive senators, is running for a third term in what could be the country’s most closely divided state. Baldwin played an integral role in mobilizing Democratic voters prior to the Wisconsin Supreme Court election earlier this year that became a referendum on abortion rights. As she waits for a high-profile Republican challenger to enter the race, Baldwin certainly has a formidable track record of appealing to Wisconsin’s more rural, conservative pockets with her economic agenda. Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin says that winning in the state in 2024 is a both/and, not an either/or situation, “… that will require energizing the party’s base while also courting crossover voters.”

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Women projected to see bigger tech-driven job losses than men

Emily Peck, Axios

A new report shows that over the next decade, technology will eliminate scores of jobs with two-thirds of those losses hitting jobs currently held by women. Curran McSwigan, a senior economic policy advisor at left-of-center think thank Third Way says that, “Opportunity is really shrinking for women without a degree,” painting a “bleak” future for women without degrees, which is the majority of women in the U.S. Only about 40% of women ages 25 and up have Bachelor’s degree according to the Census. While many conversations about the decline in middle-class jobs had to do with men and manufacturing work, the potential women-dominated job losses are an area that’s gotten less attention.

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Women in Iceland Go on Strike Against Gender Inequality

Isabella Kwai and Jenny Gross, New York Times

Thousands of women and nonbinary people in Iceland gathered on Tuesday for a one-day strike to protest workplace inequality, the first protest of its kind in nearly 50 years. Although Iceland is a global leader in gender equality, Freyja Steingrímsdóttir, a spokeswoman for the Icelandic Federation of Public Workers, says the country still has a long way to go. The protest on Tuesday included women and nonbinary people stopping all work, including household errands and childcare. Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir also took part, not calling a cabinet meeting. The protest also highlighted the problem of violence against women.

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Democratic Gov. Wes Moore endorses Angela Alsobrooks in Maryland’s 2024 Senate race

Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun

This week, Maryland Governor Wes Moore endorsed Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks for next year’s U.S. Senate race. This endorsement is key for Alsobrooks as it could give her significant fundraising and organizational support ahead of the Democratic primary. Moore’s endorsement of her is perhaps a full circle moment for Alsobrooks as she was an early endorser for his campaign for governor last year, which was a meaningful boost for his campaign. Alsobrooks has received several endorsements from other politicians.

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‘Too smart to want the job’: Why no women are running for speaker of the House

Ali Vitali, NBC News

In the proceedings to select the next House speaker, 11 men from the Republican Party have pitched themselves for the job, and none of the 33 Republican women in the House have tried. When asked about the lack of women putting themselves in the running for the position, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy told NBC news, “I don’t know.” No Republican women have advanced beyond the role of conference chair, currently held by Representative Elise Stefanik of New York. A Republican strategist suggests that there is still a glass ceiling that Republican women face, and that the conference chair is still seen as a “girl job.”

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