Media Round Up: Week of September 6th

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:

”Nobody likes her:” Trump tries his likability standard for female politicians on Kamala Harris

Eugene Scott, The Washington Post

“Nobody likes her,” Donald Trump recently said of Democratic Vice President nominee Kamala Harris. According to Scott, Trump seems to have a particular focus on the likability of women who threaten his position, and Harris is no exception.  “And he’s hoping that that resonates with the voting blocs he needs to win in November,” Scott says.

You can read the full article, which cites Barbara Lee Family Foundation research, here.

More women than ever are running for Congress. One expert calls them “the heart of the resistance.”

Elaisha Stokes, CBS News

The 2020 election could be another record-breaking event for women joining Congress: “At least 130 Black or multi-racial Black women filed to run for congressional seats in this year’s election. That’s up from just 48 in 2012, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. As of August, 44 of them had won their primaries — 35 Democrats and nine Republicans.”

You can read the full article here.

Landscape for women U.S. Congress candidates changed little by New Hampshire and Rhode Island primaries

Amanda Becker, The 19th

In New Hampshire this Tuesday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen solidified her place on the November ballot against Bryant “Corky” Messner. Rhode Island was the only state in 2020 with no women competing in primary races for the House or the Senate. Still, at least 297 women — 203 Democrats and 94 Republicans — will  run for House seats in November .

You can read the full article here.

Trans Americans’ voting rights were already in jeopardy. The pandemic threatens to make things worse

Katie Sosin, The 19th

“Even before coronavirus closed courts and DMVs across the country, trans voters faced the prospect of disenfranchisement in November; 35 states have voter ID laws on the books requiring voters to bring some form of identification with them to the polls.” Because of agency closures due to the pandemic, gender changes and legal name changes have become difficult—potentially jeopardizing the voting process for transgender Americans.

You can read the full article here.

Women’s Representation: 100 Years Later, Voting Rights Still Met With Resistance

Cynthia Richie Terrell, Ms. Magazine

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, which was aimed at starting work to advance women’s representation and equality. “While many barriers remain to women in political office, 83 countries have employed innovative systems strategies to get more women elected and they now rank above the United States in women’s representation.”

You can read the full article here.

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