Gender and Politics in the media

‘There is no gender gap. There is a marriage gap.’ and The disturbing race to be mom-in-chief

Mother of all economies The Hill There is no gender gap. There is a marriage gap. A Sept. 13 poll I conducted (912 likely voters, national sample) found that while married white women back Romney by 55 to 40 percent, unmarried white women back Obama by 60-32! Since unmarried white women are 45 percent of all white women, this marriage gap poses a huge problem for Romney — the central problem.

Moms Have Election-Year Muscle; Use It or Lose It Women’s eNews Ever since pollsters uncovered the “gender gap” a few decades ago, politicians have bent over backward to appeal to women, and moms, it seems, in particular. They’ve sliced us up and diced us up into every conceivable demographic to get our votes: …

US elections 2012: the disturbing race to be mom-in-chief The Guardian (blog) This was most obvious at the Republican and Democrat national conventions, in which the current and aspiring first ladies did the traditional schtick of attempting to appeal to women voters by telling Americans what great husbands they have.

New Romney ad aimed at boosting standing among women voters Richmond Times Dispatch A new TV ad in Virginia and other key states by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney seeks to gain ground among women voters. The 30-second spot, titled “Dear Daughter,” comes on the heels of a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll …

Romney Campaign Releases Ad Targeting Female Voters RTTNews Hoping to target one of President Barack Obama’s strongest demographics, the Romney campaign released a video aimed at wooing female voters by criticizing the president on his economic policies for women.

Obama ad returns fire on women voters The Hill (blog) President Obama released a new ad focused on female voters and the economy Tuesday, just hours after Mitt Romney released a similar woman-centric spot earlier in the day. The ad, which will air in Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and …

America Lagging Behind in Female Political Representation Huffington Post (blog) The 2010 elections saw the number of women in the U S Congress slip and the percentage of women in statewide executive positions decline to 22.4 percent from a high of 27.6 percent at the turn of the 21st century. It took more than 130 years for …

Record Number of Female Congressional Candidates MetroFocus (blog) Center Director Debbie Walsh sat down with NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider to discuss the number of female candidates and the women’s vote in this presidential election year. Walsh calls the record number of female candidates a milestone, one …

Akin seeks to improve image with female voters St. Louis Public Radio Congressman Todd Akin is trying to improve his image with female voters. On Tuesday night, Akin held an event featuring numerous women voicing their support for him. It was his first appearance in St. Louis since his now infamous comments concerning …

Conservative women vouch for Akin at first St. Louis area event St. Louis Beacon Todd Akin returned to the St. Louis-area campaign trail on Tuesday, speaking briefly at a “Women Standing with Todd Akin” event that featured glowing testimonials from a bevy of conservative women.

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