This Seat’s Taken: Why Women Running as Incumbents Face Unique Challenges

When it comes to politics, deep blue New York and solid red Arkansas have one thing in common: They’re among the 20 states that have still never had a woman governor.

Last week, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation released Staying Power, new research that examines the challenges and advantages women face when they run as incumbents. Overall, they found that women face similar challenges as incumbents running for re-election as they do as first-time candidates for office.

The Future for the Angsty Teenage Girl Looks Bright

Our support for Olivia Rodrigo and others feels like an ode to our younger selves; a wish that we could’ve unapologetically embraced our own teen angst. After all, we ultimately had the power to be that brave all along.

It’s refreshing we can now accept our own agonies without fear of being negatively perceived by men who look down on teen girl culture, other women, or even ourselves when we too often internalize misogyny.

Despite a History-Making Oscars, Women’s Underrepresentation Behind the Camera Persists

Despite women making history in the top categories at the Oscars, the number of female nominees in the 18 non-acting categories increased by only two percentage points this year, according to a Women’s Media Center analysis.

“Media frames our democratic debate, interprets and amplifies our policies and our politics. Media tells us who has power and who matters.”

To Get More News Coverage of Women, We Need More Women Making the News

Across the globe, women’s voices are not being included in coverage of the pandemic, even though they are the most vulnerable to its impacts.

It matters who decides what is news, whose voices we hear, and whose stories get told. When women are seen, and highlighted in a manner that accurately reflects their role in society, it changes public perceptions. To date, the people at the top of the news media have not reflected this, nor have media writers or critics adequately examined the problem within their own house.