Our Most-Read Women and Politics News in 2022

BLFF Team | Dec 30, 2022


This was a major year for women in politics, and our Gender on the Ballot contributors were there for every milestone and news-making moment! Get ready to ring in the New Year by catching up on some of our most-read 2022 coverage:


Lift Our Voices: Creating Systemic Change for Women in the Workplace

Gretchen Carlson, Julie Roginsky

We started the year with a powerful piece from Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky. “It is past time to eradicate toxicity from the workplace,” they wrote. “Allowing survivors to discuss their experiences is the key to making the workplace safer and more productive for every single American worker.”

Read the full story here.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Remembering Three Women Who Impacted His Life


As we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of January, we remembered three of the many women in Dr. King’s life who were influential to his work: Alberta Williams King, Coretta Scott King, and Mahalia Jackson.

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7 Quotes We Love in Honor of Women’s History Month


In honor of the 2022 Women’s History Month, we shared seven powerful quotes from iconic women such as Michelle Obama, Dolly Parton, and Frida Kahlo.

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5 Need-to-Know Facts About Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson


During the historic confirmation of now-Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, we rounded up five quick facts about her, including her experience as a public defender and her work as former Justice Stephen Breyer’s law clerk.

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Justice Alito’s Leaked Draft Decision and Women’s Rights as Citizens

Rebecca DeWolf

On May 2nd of this year, a draft opinion from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito leaked to POLITICO. The draft revealed that the Court had voted to strike down Roe v. Wade. In this post, historian Rebecca DeWolf analyzed the decision through the context of history.

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What Candidates Need to Know About Women 50+

Nancy LeaMond

In May, AARP released She’s the Difference, research on the “mindsets, fears, and hopes of women 50+,” with pollsters Celinda Lake, Christine Matthews, Margie Omero, and Kristen Soltis Anderson. Among the findings was the fact that only 17% of women age 50+ had decided who to vote for in November’s election.

Read the full story here.


Pride and Politics: Elected Officials Who Broke the Rainbow Ceiling

Melissa Sullivan

For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, EPA Press Officer, writer, and former Legislative Assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Melissa Sullivan covered trailblazing LGBTQ+ politicians who are openly serving. Sullivan’s piece includes Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Congresswoman Sharice Davids.

Read the full story here.


Meet the ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’: Opal Lee


This Juneteenth, we celebrated the woman known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” Opal Lee. Lee campaigned for decades to make Juneteenth a federal holiday—her activism included walks in honor of the day, such as her walk from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington D.C. at the age of 89.

Read the full story here.


How Can We Get America’s First Black Woman Governor?

Atima Omara

Political strategist, writer, speaker, and regular GOTB contributor Atima Omara covered the record number of Black women candidates for governor in 2022 within the context of the fact that there has never been a Black woman governor in the United States. Omara discussed the challenges that face Black women when they run for the highest state-level office.

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Sexism Against Women in Power: 3,000 Years and Counting

Eleanor Herman

In September, author Eleanor Herman explores the history of sexism against women in power, drawing on her book Off With Her Head: 3,000 Years of Demonizing Women in Power. The “tried-and-true sexist strategies to put a powerful woman in her place” that we continue to see around elections, “did not first appear when women entered modern politics a century or so ago,” Herman wrote. They have “actually been in use for thousands of years to bring down female rulers.”

Read the full story here.


A Conversation with Ali Vitali

Ali Vitali and Amanda Hunter

NBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Ali Vitali and Barbara Lee Family Foundation Executive Director Amanda Hunter discussed Vitali’s book Electable in this October post. Hunter and Vitali cover a range of timely topics about gender in politics—from the challenges that face women barrier-breakers to the lasting impact of the record number of women who ran for president in 2020.

Read the full story here.


Don’t Forget the (Independent) Women

Priya Elangovan

In this illuminating post, All in Together’s Priya Elangovan looked at how independent women voters could impact the 2022 midterms. Drawing on polling from AIT and The 19th* News, she wrote that “Independent women voters are increasingly distasteful of both parties, and are feeling more forgotten by both parties.”

Read the full story here.

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