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Media Round Up: Week of September 19th

  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:   California is turning hotels into permanent housing. What could initiatives like this do for unhoused women? Ray Levy Uyeda, The Lily In an effort to aid …

Coming to America: Exploring the Political Underrepresentation of First-Generation Women in Politics

  The American Immigration Council reported that roughly 44.7 million first-generation Americans lived in the United States earlier this year. Within this population, there were approximately 2 million more women than men. Despite making up about 14% of the U.S. population, 1st-gen Americans, specifically 1st-gen women, are hardly represented as a community within our political bodies. Did you …

Are We There Yet?

  The 2020 elections marked a turning point for women in politics and the media—from the historic election of Kamala Harris as Vice President to the record-breaking 141 women, including 51 women of color—elected to serve in Congress. Yet challenges remain, both in terms of media coverage of women in politics—and the treatment and representation …

Media Round Up: Week of September 12th

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:   There are only 8 women governors. Here’s how two plan to fix that. Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th* With Kathy Hochul assuming the position of Governor of New …

Five Trailblazing Women Mayors in Massachusetts

  In a historic first, all five candidates in the running for Mayor of the City of Boston (including incumbent Kim Janey) are people of color–four of them identifying as women. Recent polls suggest that after the primary on September 14th the mayor’s race will come down to two women, making this election even more …

Media Round Up: Week of September 5th

  Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up, where each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week:   As pandemic aid ends, these women feel left behind at a crucial time: ‘The recovery hasn’t happened’ Anne Branigin, The Lily As the country enters …

Boston Mayoral Debate: What We Saw

  Last night, the five candidates for Boston mayor met for a televised debate in advance of next week’s preliminary election. As we’ve covered, this is a historic race: all five candidates are people of color, four of them women, teeing up the first ever election of a nonwhite male mayor of Boston. Recent polling …

Women Candidates for Mayor Are Making History in Boston

  At the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, our team is closely following the historically diverse race for Mayor of Boston. Earlier this year, Kim Janey became Acting Mayor when Marty Walsh joined the Biden Administration. As the first person of color and first woman ever to lead Boston, Mayor Janey shattered a stubborn glass ceiling …

Women Leaders and Volunteers: Lessons for Political Campaigns from Nonprofit Volunteering

  As more and more women run for elected office, what do we know about the team of volunteers that help them behind the scenes, reaching out to voters, staffing campaign offices, and organizing get-out-the-vote efforts? Does a candidate’s gender affect the attitudes and enthusiasm of the volunteers working on the campaign? Is a female …

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