Media Round-Up: Week of October 29, 2023

BLFF Team | Nov 3, 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:


Harris to Announce Steps to Curb Risks of A.I.

Erica L. Green, New York Times

On Wednesday at a global summit in Britain focused on the future of technology, Vice President Harris announced a list of additional measures to curb the risks of artificial intelligence. At the global summit, Harris outlined guardrails that the American government will seek to enact to mitigate the risk of A.I. The guardrails will work in conjunction with the executive order on A.I. that President Joe Biden signed earlier this week, hoping to make its ideals part of the broader global standards for technology. Some of the proposed rules include: “… a new draft policy from the Office of Management and Budget that would guide how federal agencies use artificial intelligence.”

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Worldwide, women cook twice as much as men: One country bucks the trend

Allison Aubrey, NPR

The gender gap in ‘home cooking’ has widened, with women cooking more meals than men globally a new survey finds. In 2022, women cooked just under nine meals per week on average, and men cooked about four per week. During the pandemic, Gallup and Cookpad (the surveyors) found that during the pandemic, men were cooking more, narrowing the gender gap. Every year since then, the gender gap narrowed; until now, which came as a surprise to Duggan, who says that the latest results point to a reversal of this trend.

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The Last Salem Witch Has Been Exonerated

Emmaline Kenny, Ms. Magazine

A class of middle-school students helped exonerate the last remaining women legally classified as a witch 300 years after the conclusion of the Salem Witch Trials. After three years, and with the help of Massachusetts state senator, Diana DiZoglio, the middle school class cleared the name of Elizabeth Johnson Jr. Their journey will be showcased in an upcoming documentary by filmmakers Annika Hylmö and Dawn green called The Last Witch. Elizabeth Johnson Jr. was one of the more than 200 people accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trails. Johnson Jr. was tried and found guilty after she confessed that another woman convinced her to become a witch. At the time, unwed women were viewed as suspicious at the time of the trials. Exonerating the women accused of witchcraft is important because the trials worked in ways to police women’s behavior.

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Media Coverage For Women’s Sports Has Nearly Tripled In Five Years, According To New Research

Lindsey Darvin, Forbes

According to a recent report by Wasserman, media coverage of women’s sports has nearly tripled. In 2022, women’s sports received an average share of 15% of media coverage in 2022, compared to 5.7% in 2019. Some of the key findings include: if the current rate of growth of the coverage trends continues, women’s share of coverage should be close to 20% by 2025. Although the increased coverage in women’s media was a huge step forward for the continued visibility of the growth of women’s sports, they continue to remain underrepresented across major media platforms.

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Nikki Haley’s twisty path to victory

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

A slew of recent polls show that presidential hopeful Nikki Haley is rising in the polls, surpassing Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who was once the clear frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination against former President Donald Trump. Haley has overtaken DeSantis in New Hampshire and her home state of South Carolina. These findings come on the heels of a poll from Iowa showing her drawing even with DeSantis. Despite these recent developments, Trump is still a ways ahead of both Haley and DeSantis and data suggests that if either Trump or DeSantis suddenly faded, their respective bases would go to the other man’s benefits, rather than Haley’s. Although a tough feat, some experts believe there is still a path to victory for Haley.

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