Considering gender issues and equality are at the forefront of mainstream media coverage, the media has a responsibility to report on issues related to female representation in politics regardless of political party or affiliation.
Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), after the 2018 midterm elections, announced the formation of Elevate-PAC, or E-PAC. E-PAC is a political action committee which aimed to elect women to Congress on Republican party platforms. Stefanik created the group to work in primaries as the primary Republican congressional apparatus, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) does not participate endorse primary candidates. E-PAC aimed to fill the void in primary elections.
E-PAC recently announced its endorsements of up-and-coming female candidates across the United States, but the announcement was met with silence on mainstream media outlets and cable networks. Other than local newspapers in Stefanik’s district, only Townhall covered the endorsement list. No other main media outlet or network covered the news, which is surprising since the 2020 election cycle is ramping up.
Currently, the Republican Party has 21 congresswomen among its ranks, compared to 106 Democratic Party congresswomen, which is a difference of 85 congressional seats (and by extension, representatives). One would assume that the media would report on the PAC’s endorsements to display how the Republican Party has a long way to go to increase its female representation among its ranks in Congress.
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