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Coverage of Bernie Sanders’s Heart Attack Highlights This Double Standard

  Tonight, Bernie Sanders takes the stage for the first time since his heart attack two weeks ago. The Washington Post reports that some voters are “wondering whether Sanders has the stamina for one of the world’s most grueling jobs.” However, it’s also been noted that “compared to the relentless media reports about Hillary Clinton’s …

Media Round Up: Week of October 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: As Elizabeth Warren Rises, the G.O.P. Deploys an Old Tactic By Thomas Kaplan, New York Times This week, Elizabeth Warren faced allegations that she lied about being …

Who was on the stage in the first televised presidential debates? The answer might surprise you.

  If you were to ask when the first televised presidential debate took place, most people would probably say 1960. That was the year that John F. Kennedy, a young senator from Massachusetts, took on Richard Nixon, Vice President to Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, the truth is that the first televised presidential debate took place …

Are Leaders Born or Made? The Better Question is How to Get More Women to the Top

  I was talking about leadership to a group of successful men the other day, all CEOs and tech superstars, when the conversation turned to whether leaders are born or made.  As someone who spends my life training young women to be political leaders, I clearly believe leaders can be made.  But the group disagreed.  …

What to Watch For: The Fourth Democratic Primary Debate

  As we head into the fourth democratic primary debate of the cycle, here’s what I’ll be looking for: History in Progress: A record number of women on the debate stage We’ve heard a lot about the record number of candidates that will take the stage next week – 12 in total, but that’s not …

Media Round Up: Week of September 29th   

  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: I’m a First Lady, and It’s an Incredibly Weird Job By Eliza Reid, New York Times Eliza Reid knows better than anyone that the First Lady is …

What is the “ethical pedestal?” A explainer using the 2016 race

  We’ve talked a lot about the likeability double standard – but that’s not the only one women candidates have to contend with. Barbara Lee Family Foundation research has consistently shown that voters put women candidates on an “ethical pedestal,” a situation that comes with pros and cons. Voters have historically seen women candidates as …

The Evolving Picture of An Elected Official – No Longer Just A White Man in a Suit

  Every year, I ask my students in my Women, Politics and Media course at American University to close their eyes and picture an elected official. Usually, we come back as a group and talk about the “white man in a suit” that came to the front and center of everyone’s mind. This year, a …

Why Appearing on SNL is Different for Women Candidates

  As we welcome Saturday Night Live back to the airwaves, we’re reminded that, over the past 10 years, making an appearance on the show has become a political rite of passage for many presidential candidates. Barack Obama and John McCain both made cameos (McCain had two) prior to the 2008 election, and Hillary Clinton …

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