Media Round-Up: Week of September 10, 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:

Kamala Harris says hip-hop is ‘the ultimate American art form’ as she hosts a 50th anniversary party

Associated Press

Last Saturday, Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shante were some of the guests among the celebration hosted at the vice president’s residence. Harris called hip-hop “the ultimate American art form [that] shaped every aspect of American’s popular culture.” The event was hosted in collaboration with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban.

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Newsom’s Senate caretaker plan is ‘insulting’ to Black women, Rep. Lee says

Maegan Vazquez, Washington Post

Governor Gavin Newsom of California has outlined a plan to appoint a caretaker to fill Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D.-Calif.) if she leaves office prior to her term ending. Governor Newsom’s announcement about this outline has sparked controversy with wone of the candidates running to succeed Feinstein, who blasted it as “insulting to countless Black women.”

Regarding the matter, Lee said, “The idea that a Black woman should be appointed only as a caretaker to simply check a box is insulting to countless Black women across this country who have carried the Democratic Party to victory election after election… There are currently no Black women serving in the Senate,” she added. “Since 1789, there have only been two Black woman Senators, who have served a total of 10 years. The perspective of Black women in the U.S. Senate is sorely needed — and needed for more than a few months. Governor Newsom knows this, which is why he made the pledge in the first place.”

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Young Women Voters Are More Liberal Than Young Men, Change Research Poll Finds

Fortesa Latifi, Teen Vogue

According to a report released by Change Research, there is a striking divide in how young people identify politically: men are on the more conservative side were while women, trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people are more liberal. Regarding the 2024 election candidates, women are more likely to say President Joe Biden is doing a good job as president, while men were evenly split between favoring Biden or Donald Trump. There is also a stark gender divide on the issue of abortion: less than 40% of men believe in legalizing abortion in all cases, compared to 56% of women and 80% of those in the other “other” category saying the same. Overall, an overwhelming majority of the young people surveyed say they are going to vote in 2024.

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WATCH: Jill Biden calls swearing in of the 1st woman national archivist ‘momentous’

Will Weissert, Associated Press

On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden saluted Colleen Shogan, the first woman to be sworn in as national archivist, saying that democracy’s power is “made real with access to history, unfiltered and uncensored.” Shogan is a former government and politics professor at George Mason University, and now heads the National Archives and Records Administration, which maintains billions of documents like the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and Harriet Tubman’s Civil War pension claims. Confirmed by the Senate in May, Shogan is succeeding Debra Wall, who served as acting U.S. archivist.

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