Gender and Politics in the media

US: GOP men most likely to say Congress should be mostly men. Viral video shows the power of men in women’s issues.

Viral video shows the power of men in women’s issues Statesman Journal (blog) …But last night, as I heard actor Patrick Stewart taking a stance against domestic violence and how men were key in stopping violence against women, I realized it was exactly what I needed at that moment. I was working on this week’s Raising a Community column, which just happens to be about a local group of men who are looking to prevent violence against women by changing the culture around masculinity and being positive role models.

POLLSTER UPDATE: GOP FEMALE OFFICE-SEEKERS FACE A TOUGH ROAD Huffington Post “A majority (58%) of Americans would like to see men and women represented equally in the U.S. Congress, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Despite efforts like Rutgers University CAWP 2012 Project “20% in 2012” campaign, women still account for only 18% of Congress. While many would like to see women members of Congress at parity with men, many challenges remain to getting them even close. For Republican women, the challenges are even steeper….Republican men were far more likely than anyone else to think Congress should be mostly men. They also thought that women’s interests were already fairly represented in Congress…so why bother electing women?” [HuffPost]

Nancy Pelosi: Congress Is ‘Rigged’ To Maintain The Status Quo Huffington Post The day after Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and an all-male panel of his colleagues advanced a bill to restrict abortion rights across the U.S., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress is “rigged” to suppress the interests of women and keep their voices out of the discussion.

Commencement speaker: We don’t need female CEOs, we need invested moms MSNBC …Peter Heck, a conservative motivational speaker and radio talk show host who has shared the stage with right-wing commentator Glenn Beck, raised eyebrows while speaking before graduates at the Indiana high school where he teaches history by telling the young women that their greatest role in life “will be that of wife and mother” and the young men to lead [their] homes in a pathway of righteousness.”

“Ladies, I challenge you to a life of rebellion,” Heck told graduates on Sunday at Eastern High School in Greentown, Ind. “To solve the problems plaguing our society, we don’t need more women as CEOs. We need more women as invested mothers.”

Record 67 women running for NJ Assembly, Senate spots this year Hunterdon County Democrat TRENTON — A record 67 women will be looking to either gain or retain seats in the 120-member state legislature this fall, according to numbers compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The number includes 52 …

Massachusetts Senate Candidate Loses Women’s Support As He Flounders On … ThinkProgress Gabriel Gomez, the Republican nominee for John Kerry’s former Senate seat in Massachusetts, has been struggling to adequately articulate his positions on women’s health issues over the past several weeks. And as recent polling shows, that’s not winning 

MSNBC’s Bashir Highlights Fox’s Female Employees Denouncing Male Colleagues’ Sexist … 

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