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There’s Hope! Columnist Promises to Stop Fashion Policing Women in Politics

Posted by Victoria Edel on 11/18/2013

Two writers snigger at Janet Yellen's clothes but after many point out the sexism of his writing he has a change of heart!  Read more »

Ann Coulter on Women: We’re Bitchy and Hysterical

Posted by Emily Birnbaum on 10/29/2013

Ann Coulter says outrageously sexist things, but what's more shocking is she back-tracks on them for once.  Read more »

Did Gender Matter? Was It Women Who Shutdown the Shutdown?

Posted by Victoria Edel on 10/18/2013

The New York Times, and others, are quick to praise the women of the Senate for leadership. But was the media playing into gender stereotypes in their praise? Read more »

Daily Caller Asks Who’s Hotter: Janet Yellen or Miley Cyrus?

Posted by Victoria Edel on 10/11/2013

The Daily Caller wants readers to judge a woman called "the most qualified Fed chair" ever as less hot than a 21 year old pop star.  Read more »

Diapers and Diplomacy? Don’t Reduce Samantha’s Power

Posted by Emily Birnbaum on 10/03/2013

Why does The Today Show reduce Samantha Power's personal life to "how does she do it all?" (Being a parent and having a job.)  Read more »

Pink Sneakers Are Running for Governor?

Posted by Victoria Edel on 10/02/2013

Would "pink shoes" be linked to Wendy Davis without the media's insistence on mentioning in every story about her gubernatorial campaign? Read more »

Buono’s ‘Do Doesn’t Matter

Posted by Annika Christensen on 09/13/2013

Why does her hair matter? Why does The Daily Beast, and nearly every long profile of a female politician, feel the need to add in the gratuitous mention of what she looks like.  Read more »

Vogue to Media: Wendy Davis Wears Another Kind of Shoes!

Posted by Emily Birnbaum on 09/10/2013

It's one thing for Vogue magazine to briefly mention a female politician's fashionable choices (maybe) but of course it's ONLY the fashion part that gets amplified by the rest of the media. Read more »

Pink Politics and Psychoanalysis

Posted by Allison Adams on 08/14/2013

If there's one woman on a stage of men, is the media supposed to notice that one of these things is not like the other? Read more »

Episode II: Return of the Sexist

Posted by Katie Hegarty on 08/07/2013

Two wrongs don’t make you right, and they don’t cancel out sexism. Read more »

Abortion Barbie Is Not For Sale

Posted by Katie Hegarty on 08/06/2013

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson calls Wendy Davis "Abortion Barbie." He either has a very misguided deal with Mattel, or a lot of explaining to do.  Read more »

Michigan Newsletter Talks to Name It. Change It. About Story on Barb Byrum’s Parenting

Michigan Newsletter Talks to Name It. Change It. About Story on Barb Byrum’s Parenting

Posted by Rachel Larris on 08/01/2013

The editor of a Michigan newsletter that ran a story about former Michigan State Senator Barb Byrum's role as mother, talks to Name It. Change It. about what they did to fix a bad article. Read more »

The Five Stages of Grief After Writing Something Sexist

Posted by Rachel Larris on 07/31/2013

Working with members of the media you can almost see the “five stages of grief” they go through when you tell them something they wrote was sexist. That's why this apology is so illuminating to the mindset. Read more »

Morning Joe Notices When Liz Cheney Is Called a “Bored Housewife”

Posted by Michelle Van Veen on 07/23/2013

We give credit where credit is due and applaud the “Morning Joe” crew for noticing the sexism in Ed Rollins remarks about Liz Cheney's candidacy. Read more »

This Time Columnist Drops Metaphor, Just Calls Lisa Madigan “Princess”

Posted by Allison Adams on 07/17/2013

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass calls Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan an entitled little princess, this time without hiding behind an elaborate metaphor. Read more »

New Jersey Editor Thinks State’s Got An Old Boy’s Network

Posted by Michelle Van Veen on 07/16/2013

A former staffer for New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman thinks he sees gender at play in the New Jersey gubernatorial election.  Read more »

Bare Shoulders: The Best Qualification of All?

Bare Shoulders: The Best Qualification of All?

Posted by Katie Hegarty on 07/12/2013

It's bad enough to barely suggest any women to replace a high-ranking female official, but then the one you do suggest is pictured in a strapless gown? Come on, Washington Post.  Read more »

NPR’s Ombudsman Asks For Guidelines How to Describe Women Politicians

Posted by Rachel Larris on 07/10/2013

NPR’s Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos responds to criticism of a “Morning Edition” story about New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He asks what rules should govern media coverage of women leaders. Read more »

New Study: Yup Newspaper Coverage of Female Candidates Is Different!

New Study: Yup Newspaper Coverage of Female Candidates Is Different!

Posted by Michelle Van Veen on 07/09/2013

It turns out it's true: newspapers do cover elections different when women are candidates. Read more »

Washington Post Makes Barbara Buono’s Hair, Shoes & Clothes News

Posted by Rachel Larris on 07/01/2013

Another day, another reporter who finds minor details about a female candidate’s appearance to be newsworthy details to include in their story. Read more »

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