Media Round Up: Week of October 25th

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:

Women donors emerge as new power brokers in 2020 election as Democrats look to flip the Senate

Maureen Groppe, USA Today

This article discusses the record-high number of female campaign contributors who are helping to fight for women to take the Senate. “In the 15 most competitive Senate races, an average 43% of the large-dollar donors to Democratic candidates are women compared to 28% of donors to Republicans, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.”

You can read the full article here.

“Record” Numbers of Women Are Running for Office, but They Still Face Structural Barriers in Politics

Maura Reilly, Ms. Magazine

 Maura Reilly discusses the electoral system in America and how it continues to set back women running for office. “Over the following two and half decades, several legal barriers hindering women’s equality in society have been struck down in the hopes that it would lead to equality and parity across sectors.”

You can read the full article here.

A more conservative Supreme Court could bring drastic changes for LGBTQ+ Americans

Kate Sosin, The 19th

This article discusses the  major changes a more conservative Supreme Court could bring for LGBTQ individuals.” In uncertain moments like these, LGBTQ+ advocates typically reassure their communities that, even in a worst case scenario, the law will protect them. This time could be different.”

You can read the full article here.

Black Lives Matter Gets Out the Vote and Brings Politics Home

Belle Boggs, SLATE

This article features individuals from a rural North Carolina country who are working to turn anger over police brutality into lasting change. “Our marching is about more than just a monument,” Drumwright told the crowd. “It’s about the systems of white supremacy, bigotry, and violence that shadow this monument.”

You can read the full article here.

Women make historic electoral gains over four years

Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe

Women are advancingin political leadership positions as they make historic gains in 2020. “A review of electoral gains over the past four years shows women seized power at all levels of government, though they still haven’t come close to parity. Congress is less than one-quarter female. Even in liberal Massachusetts, female candidates’ successes boosted women’s representation in the Legislature to just 29 percent. For Massachusetts women, the biggest gains came closest to home. Thirty percent of the elected officials governing the state’s 351 municipalities today are women, up from 24 percent in 2016, a Globe review found.”

You can read the full article here.

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