Sophia Cai - 2021 Journalism Senior Colloquium
From Margo Bresnen
For decades, gendered violence against women in American politics has largely been ignored or treated as a price women pay for seeking public office. But now—exacerbated by former President Trump, magnified by the shift to remote work and bolstered by the emergence of masculine identities as a central and organizing element of our electoral politics—rising hostility against women in politics has become an increasingly salient problem. Interviews with over a dozen women—including Katie Hill, Rep. Terri Sewell and Canadian Minister Catherine McKenna—paint a clear and troubling picture of the ways that gendered violence escalates and pervades all levels of office, but disproportionately affects women with multiple marginalized identities (such as Black and queer women) and those who weigh in on a distinct set of policy issues, including reproductive health, climate change and coronavirus restrictions.