Media Round-Up: Week of October 30th

BLFF Team | Nov 4, 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:


Pelosi attack highlights risks of online violence against women in politics

Rebecca Klar, The Hill

An attack targeting Speaker Nancy Pelosi at her home in California highlights the risk of violence connected to online threats made against women in politics. Research shows that the online vitriol for women running for office, especially women of color, is more likely to be personal, gendered, and to invoke sexual violence than that against their male peers. Research also shows that the rise of social media and its cryptic algorithms are contributing to the increase in threats facing women in office, and this could cause women to be hesitant about running for office.

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Labeling Women As ‘Emotional’ Undermines Their Credibility, New Study Shows

Kim, Elsesser, Forbes

According to recent studies published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly, “labeling a woman as “emotional” or telling her to “calm down” makes her point of view seem less credible.” The “emotional” label for women is used across industries, including entertainment and business. In general, we think of people as rational or emotional – not both. Therefore, when a woman’s arguments are labeled as emotional, it leads to the thinking that she’s not being clear or rational. Conversely, studies show that men’s legitimacy is not questioned when they are labeled as “emotional” or told to “calm down.”

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Long Covid is affecting women more than men, national survey finds

Spencer Kimball, CNBC

Census Bureau data published this month reports that more than 17% of women had long Covid during the pandemic, compared to 11% of men. Of the survey respondents, 2.4% of all women had symptoms that highly affected their day-to-day activities, compared to 1.3% of men. Long Covid is defined as, “experiencing symptoms for three months or more after infection.”

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Remote work may level the playing field and ensure women aren’t forced to “walk on eggshells”

Megan Leonhardt, Fortune

Remote work has had a surprising staying power despite some companies’ return-to-the-office announcements in recent months. Amid the transitions to remote work, there has been a silver lining for women: remote work could help close the gap of promotions and career trajectories. The 2022 Modern Workplace Report conducted by and Mother Honestly shows that 77% of men and women believe that remote work helps create more opportunities for career advancement across gender lines. According to the research, flexible work has also contributed to more gender balance in household responsibilities, and an increase in productivity.

Read the full story here.


Women disrupt Supreme Court arguments to protest Dobbs decision

Jessica Schneider, CNN

On Wednesday during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, several women rose from their seats and voiced their opposition to the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. One woman said, “I respectfully rise to denounce Dobbs … Women, vote!” A second woman rose and said, “The right to be choose will not be taken away. Women, vote for your right to choose.” A Supreme Court representative said that the women who spoke out during the processions were later arrested and charged.

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