Media Round-Up: Week of October 2nd

BLFF Team | Oct 7, 2022


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 Are Registering to Vote in Huge Numbers in Response to the Roe Decision

Fortesa Latifi, Teen Vogue

TargetSmart, a political data research organization, reports that women have increased their share of new voter registrants since the repeal of Roe v. Wade. In some battleground states like Georgia and Wisconsin, there has been a noticeable surge in women registering to vote. In Arizona, newly registered voters are more likely to be young women who identify as Democrats than any other group. The CEO of TargetSmart, Tom Bonier, says he was surprised by the data and has even run out of ways to describe how “different this moment is.”

Read the full story here.


Where women of color stand post-primaries

Madison Fernandez, Politico

This year 259 women were nominated in House primaries, and 43 percent of them were women of color. This is the highest representation percentage for women of color in recent election cycles. While the increased representation is an indicator of progress, Kelly Ditmar of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University says that it’s not representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the country. In addition, women made up around 30 percent of House nominees this year, meaning Congress is far from achieving gender parity.

Read the full story here.


Sheryl Sandberg’s next chapter: Pledging millions to fight abortion bans

Elizabeth Dwoskin and Naomi Nix, Washington Post

Last week, Sheryl Sandberg stepped down as the No. 2 corporate officer at Facebook. Less than three days after she left the position, Sandberg made her next move as one of the foremost philanthropists against abortion restrictions in America. Sandberg and the American Civil Liberties Union announced on Tuesday that she would be donating $3 million “to protect reproductive health care in courts, legislatures, and at the ballot box over the next three years.” Sandberg has made the largest donation for abortion rights to the ACLU.

Read the full story here.


Girls and young women shut out and silenced when participating in politics – global survey

Relief Web

According to new research by Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization, young women and girls worldwide consistently feel excluded from politics. A global survey of 29,000 women and girls aged 15 through 24 from 29 countries found that respondents faced significant barriers when taking part in political activities, and respondents felt poorly represented by the politicians elected to serve them. More feedback included: less than half of respondents think politicians are representative of the communities they serve; about 11% are happy with their elected officials’ decisions on the issues they care about; and exactly 50% believe that people in their community view girls and young women engaging in political activities as acceptable.

Read the full story here.


Here’s why protecting Social Security may be a consensus issue for key group of women voters in the midterm elections

Lorie Konish, CNBC

A new AARP poll finds that while 94% of women ages 50 and up plan to vote in November’s midterm elections, 51% of them are still undecided about the candidates they will choose. The poll also found that one key issue the age group agrees on is protecting Social Security. A survey of 800 female voters ages 50 and up found that the group agrees that they want benefit cuts prevented. 75% of the group says that a move to protect benefit costs would personally help them.

Read the full story here.


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