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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 …

Media Round Up: Week of September 22nd

  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: The 25 Most Powerful Women in Politics By Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune After careful consideration, Emma Hinchliffe has released her list of the “25 Most Powerful Women in …

Likeability: a double standard we can’t seem to shake

  Yesterday, journalist Jessica Valenti wrote about “The Niceness Trap” we’ve seen on display this week. She wrote: When 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations yesterday, she was not cute or pleasing… She was powerful and most definitely not “nice.” There is a reason men resort to calling women “nasty” or …

What is ranked choice voting?

  Interested in electoral reform and electing more women, but overwhelmed by the prospect of abolishing the Electoral College? You may want to learn about ranked choice voting (RCV).  What is Ranked Choice Voting? RCV is an electoral system where instead of choosing just one favorite, voters rank as many candidates as they want in …

National Voter Registration Day: What Matters to Women Voters

  As we celebrate National Voter Registration Day, here’s a reminder: Women have voted at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1964. The Women & Politics Institute at American University did a deep dive right after the 2018 midterm elections into what women voters are prioritizing, and here are four things to …

Media Round Up: Week of September 15th   

  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: Record Number of Female Candidates Prompting New Debate Approach By Jim Lokay, Fox 5 DC’s “The Final 5” In case you missed it, our own Amanda Hunter …

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