Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for anti-Semitic comments, Japanese women are over buying candy for their male colleagues, and we get a primer on how sexism plays out on the campaign trail. Have a productive Tuesday.
[bs_bullet_primary] Spotting sexism on the stump. With a record-setting six female candidates already contending for the Democratic nomination, the 2020 presidential race is shaping up to be a groundbreaking one for women. But as evidenced by 2016, “firsts” are very rarely all goodness and light. So with more women than ever before jostling for a spot on the ticket, it seems fair to assume that we may see political sexism hitting some all-time highs as well.
With that in mind, I suggest taking a moment to read this New York Times primer on how sexism has historically played out on the campaign trail. (And perhaps forward it to a few of the non-Broadsheet-reading political junkies in your life as well!) The NYT’s Maggie Astor does a nice job of laying out some of the biggest minefields faced by female candidates. Among them: the “likability trap” (voters are willing to support a man they don’t find likable as long as he is “qualified,” but do not extend the same rule to women); superficial judgements about, say a woman’s appearance or the sound of her voice; and stereotypes that associate leadership with “masculine” traits–yet punish women who display them.
We are already seeing some of these factors in play (think of all the digital ink that’s already been spilled in the service of assessing the likability of Elizabeth Warren or the reports that Amy Klobuchar inhabits the traditionally male role of tough boss.) But this is just the beginning–after all, we have more than a year and half to go!
So I urge you to file Astor’s taxonomy of campaign sexism away in your mental hard drive. We can’t remove all gender bias from the 2020 race, but we can work recognize and call it out when we see it.
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[bs_bullet_primary] Ilhan’s apology. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) addressed charges of anti-Semitism yesterday, apologizing for insinuating that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group. “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” wrote the freshman, who is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. “I unequivocally apologize.” [bs_link link=”https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/us/politics/ilhan-omar-anti-semitism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage” source=”New York Times”]
[bs_bullet_primary] A grande reveal. For the debut episode of their SiriusXM show, Making a Leader, Fortune’s MPW Summit doyennes Pattie Sellers and Nina Easton sat down with ex-Starbucks CEO and potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz. Among the juicy tidbits from the interview: how Sheri’s conviction and courage was instrumental to Starbucks’ creation. [bs_link link=”https://siriusxm.us/SheriAndHowardSchultz” source=”SiriusXM”]
[bs_bullet_primary] Keeping up with Klobuchar. After several days worth of stories about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s alleged abuse of staffers, this Politico article is an interesting change of pace. It reports …read more