By Kelly Dittmar

When Serena Williams lost the Wimbledon final last weekend, some on-screen analysts and news outlets led with the number six — noting that this is the sixth time that Williams has lost a major final. They chose that number over 23, the number of major finals that Williams has won over the course of her historic career. This choice shaped the tone of the coverage, framing this loss as one in a pattern instead of emphasizing that it stands apart from Williams’ norm of success. …


By Kelly Dittmar

This year’s primary debates provide us — for the first time this cycle — with an opportunity to observe and evaluate gender and intersectional dynamics among presidential contenders in a setting where they are directly engaging with each other. Here are some tips of how to watch this week’s debates with a gender lens.

1.Observe the optics of the debate stage from start to finish, including the presence, posture, and positioning of women and men.

The presidential primary debate stages in 2019 and 2020 will look different than ever before. For the first time in U.S. history…


By Kelly Dittmar and Debbie Walsh

There is a myth that has permeated women and politics commentary and it goes like this: women need to be asked to run for political office, and it takes an average of seven “asks” for a woman to make the decision to run. This statistic has been used repeatedly to motivate more asking, often paired with a call to action for women (and men) in an audience to encourage a woman to run for office…seven times. …

Center for American Women and Politics

CAWP: the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American woman’s political participation. http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/

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