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Atalanta COO on the state of British politics today

Atalanta COO on the state of British politics today

Our Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Ames, joined the Democracy Sausage podcast to discuss the legacy of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the state of the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

22 July 2022

'Overlooked' women are a new political force

'Overlooked' women are a new political force

Financial Times columnist Pilita Clark interviewed our Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Ames, on the parallels between the recent success of the Acting Your Age campaign in the United Kingdom, and the election victories of the 'Teal' independent political candidates in the recent Australian election.

17 June 2022

Atalanta COO in the Financial Times

Atalanta COO in the Financial Times

Our Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Ames sat down with The Financial Times’ Robert Shrimsley to dissect the results of the recent Australian election—and explore the lessons that Britain’s Conservative Party should take from Morrison’s failed campaign.

26 May 2022

Atalanta COO featured on BroadTalk podcast

Atalanta COO featured on BroadTalk podcast

Atalanta COO Elizabeth Ames was recently featured in an episode of BroadTalk with Virginia Haussegger AM—a podcast which looks at politics, policy, and leadership through a feminist lens.

6 May 2021

Atalanta in Politico London Influence

Atalanta in Politico London Influence

The work we do at Atalanta has never been more urgent. Our CEO and COO recently spoke with Politico about how we can overcome the barriers to women in public leadership.

18 March 2021

Atalanta in Stylist: “I fear this has broken me”: how worried should we be about abuse pushing women out of politics?

Atalanta in Stylist: “I fear this has broken me”: how worried should we be about abuse pushing women out of politics?

Stylist Magazine published an article last Friday investigating why women MPs are standing down ahead of the UK General Election on December 12. Exploring the reasons behind their decisions and the recent media coverage of the issue, Stylist asked Atalanta CEO, Eva Barboni, her thoughts.

19 November 2019

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections: “How female candidates and leaders are flipping the script on gender”

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections: “How female candidates and leaders are flipping the script on gender”

Campaigns & Elections published a piece from Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni, highlighting how women candidates in Europe and the United States are changing the campaign playbook when it comes to discussing gender.

5 December 2018

Atalanta on LBC with Shelagh Fogarty

Atalanta on LBC with Shelagh Fogarty

In an interview with Shelagh Fogarty on LBC, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni highlighted the findings from Atalanta’s report, (Anti)Social Media: The benefits and pitfalls of digital for female politicians, released in partnership with BrandsEye.

23 March 2018

Atalanta on KSRO Radio: "The hurdles for women politicians in the digital age"

Atalanta on KSRO Radio: "The hurdles for women politicians in the digital age"

Speaking on KSRO Radio, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni discussed the gendered nature of online abuse targeting women politicians, and how it is often aimed at attacking their credibility as leaders.

21 March 2018

Atalanta on Channel 4 News

Atalanta on Channel 4 News

In an interview for Channel 4 News, Eva Barboni, Founder & CEO of Atalanta, describes the impact that sexism and abuse on social media is having on women candidates.

20 March 2018

Atalanta in The Hill: "A new hurdle for female politicians in the digital age"

Atalanta in The Hill: "A new hurdle for female politicians in the digital age"

“It’s tempting to see this [online abuse] as just a technological problem that social media companies bear the responsibility to address” writes Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni in a recent op-ed for The Hill. Based on findings from Atalanta’s most recent report, the op-ed addresses the impact of online abuse on female politicians.

20 March 2018

Atalanta on Fox News: "Online abuse of women in politics undermines both them and our democracy"

Atalanta on Fox News: "Online abuse of women in politics undermines both them and our democracy"

Fox News ran an op-ed from Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni, highlighting the impact that online abuse of female politicians has on both the politicians themselves and on our broader democratic systems. The piece cites a recent report released by Atalanta, in collaboration with BrandsEye.

19 March 2018

 Atalanta in Apolitical: "Hold social media companies to account to stop harassment of female politicians"

Atalanta in Apolitical: "Hold social media companies to account to stop harassment of female politicians"

Online abuse is “not just the cost of doing politics”, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni writes in an op-ed for Apolitical, a global network for public servants. Highlighting the scale and impact of online harassment for women politicians, which is underpinned by findings from Atalanta’s latest report, she explores possible solutions for a host of stakeholders.

15 March 2018

Atalanta in Stylist: "This is how the online abuse of women politicians is affecting our democracy"

Atalanta in Stylist: "This is how the online abuse of women politicians is affecting our democracy"

Stylist reports on one of the newest hurdles to recruiting more women politicians: online harassment. Citing Atalanta’s recent report, “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”, Stylist details the impact of online abuse, and the toll it takes on candidates and our democracy.

14 March 2018

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections

Citing Atalanta’s recent (Anti)Social Media report, Campaigns & Elections reported on the need for political consultants working with female candidates to develop effective digital strategies: Reinforcing what many female practitioners and office holders know from experience, the study found that women in public office were more likely than their male counterparts to receive criticism based on their “physical appearance and family life.”

14 March 2018

Atalanta in GQ: "Theresa May gets three times as many comments on her appearance as Corbyn"

Atalanta in GQ: "Theresa May gets three times as many comments on her appearance as Corbyn"

In a piece by Guto Harri, GQ highlighted the findings from Atalanta’s report on online harassment and sexism against female political leaders, explaining what they mean for male politicians: “Play the ball not the man.” That’s what rugby players are taught from an early age and rugby is a pretty rough sport.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in The Guardian

Atalanta in The Guardian

The Guardian highlighted Atalanta’s recent findings about how male and female political leaders receive different treatment on social media: A new piece of research looks at the way that female and male leaders are treated on social media.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in The Times: "How to fight sexism in the digital age"

Atalanta in The Times: "How to fight sexism in the digital age"

In an op-ed for The Times, Bethany Wheatley, a contributor to Atalanta’s recent report “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”, highlights practical steps women politicians can take to mitigate problems of online harassment.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in Reuters: "Online harassment takes 'heavy toll' on women politicians - report"

Atalanta in Reuters: "Online harassment takes 'heavy toll' on women politicians - report"

Reuters and Thomson Reuters Foundation News have highlighted the impact that online abuse has on women politicians, drawing from Atalanta’s new report, “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in Politico: "Theresa May faces more gender-based abuse than Jeremy Corbyn: report"

Atalanta in Politico: "Theresa May faces more gender-based abuse than Jeremy Corbyn: report"

Politico reports on the abuse that female politicians—UK Prime Minister Theresa May in particular—face online, citing Atalanta’s new report, released in collaboration with BrandsEye: “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in Thomson Reuters Foundation News: "To achieve political equality, we should focus less on fairness"

Atalanta in Thomson Reuters Foundation News: "To achieve political equality, we should focus less on fairness"

In an op-ed for Thomson Reuters Foundation News on International Women's Day, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni argues that in order to achieve gender parity in politics, we need to focus less on fairness and more on why women can win.

8 March 2018

Atalanta Founder Eva Barboni on CNBC Africa

Atalanta Founder Eva Barboni on CNBC Africa

Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni went on CNBC Africa's "Power Lunch" to discuss how to get more women into politics in Africa and around the world.

2 February 2018

Atalanta on CNBC: amid all the noise, Oprah-mania raises an important point

Atalanta on CNBC: amid all the noise, Oprah-mania raises an important point

Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni highlights the lesson that political parties around the world should be learning from "Oprah-mania" on CNBC: Off the back of a powerful Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey has sparked feverish "will she or won't she" speculation about a potential presidential bid in 2020.

18 January 2018

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