Being a woman in politics shouldn’t come with death threats

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Being a woman in politics shouldn’t come with death threats

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Domestic extremists planned to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in October. State and local public health officers have received harassing messages and death threats, to the point where some required bodyguards. COVID-19 has inflamed partisan passions—but there’s another dimension to these attacks: Many officials targeted are women.

Abusing women leaders did not start with the pandemic. It’s a longstanding phenomenon recognized by researchers and policymakers. From the hateful language tweeted at the four congresswomen known as “The Squad”—Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Talib—to the 18 British women who left Parliament because of rape and death threats, violence against women politicians is everywhere.

Click here to read the full article published by Ms Magazine on 2 December 2020.

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