Media Round-Up: Week of October 24th


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:


New York’s attorney general said to be planning run for governor

Sally Goldenberg and Anna Gronewold, Politico

According to five people privy to her plans, New York Attorney General Letitia James is planning to announce her run for governor. If James runs for Governor of New York State, she’d be pitted against current Governor Kathy Hochul in the Democratic Primary in 2022. Again, according to sources cited in this article, James’s hesitancy for running for the position centers on risks. If James runs for governor, she would have to forgo her position as Lieutenant Governor and she’d be entering a race where Governor Kathy Hochul already has the upper hand.

Read the full story here.


New Jersey could elect its first AAPI women to the statehouse

Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th*

Since New Jersey’s founding more than 200 years ago, there has never been an Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman in the state legislature. According to the latest census data, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in New Jersey and account for more than ten percent of the state’s population. Despite their growing representation in the state, there are only three AAPI state legislatures—all of them men. As of right now, six AAPI women are trying to change that.

Read the full story here.


A Civil Rights Pioneer Seeks to Have Her Record Cleared

Eduardo Medina, The New York Times

Months before Rosa Parks did so, in March of 1955 then-teenager Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white woman in Montgomery, Alabama. While Colvin’s case was largely overlooked in the Civil Rights Movement, Colvin’s story inspired then-emerging leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, Colvin went on to testify in the landmark case that ended bus segregation.  Sixty-six years later, Colvin is seeking to have her juvenile record expunged.

“’I’m not doing it for me, I’m 82 years old,’ Ms. Colvin said in an interview on Tuesday. ‘But I wanted my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren to understand that their grandmother stood up for something very important, and that it changed our lives a lot, changed attitudes.’”

Read the full story here.

Millennial women’s economic future looks grim. But this moment could still offer a ‘reset.’

 Julianne McShane, The Lily

Prior to the pandemic, millennial women already faced economic challenges. Some of these challenges include: millennials dealing with the generational wealth gap that disproportionally affects Black and Latina women, millennial women having younger children at home, and older millennials starting their careers during the Great Recession. A year and a half into the coronavirus pandemic with children back in school and federal unemployment mandates ending, women still face the brunt of challenges when trying to reenter the workforce. Despite these setbacks, a few economic experts suggest this could be a financial reset for women.

Read the full story here.





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