Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion at The Arts Club, featuring a line-up of inspirational and accomplished women in UK politics: Baroness Anne Jenkin, Conservative Member of the House of Lords; Jess Phillips, Labour Member of Parliament; and Bethany Wheatley, digital strategist and former Conservative Party Digital Director.Read More
Our Founder and CEO, Eva Barboni, recently spoke at the inaugural “Investing in Women” charity ball. During her speech, Eva made the case for investing in women’s political leadership, noting that such investment is credited not only with driving improvements in women’s empowerment but also with tangible policy shifts that lead to greater economic prosperity and security for everyone.Read More
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.
She discussed the difference between social media conversations about Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn and the impact that online abuse has on female politicians and on our democracy.Read More
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.
Women faced a lot more comments specifically about their appearance and their marital status, much more commentary on their personal life, accusations about what they’re wearing, and whether it’s appropriate for the job. Whereas men were largely spared of those comments.Read More
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:
Sexism or misogyny is something that has been around since the beginning of time. It has impacted every woman that has ever decided to enter politics. But what social media does, is it really amplifies the problem. It brings it into the light of day and it also adds a layer of anonymity and it can embolden people who might hold these views to actually voice them.Read More
“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, “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls for Female Politicians,” the op-ed addresses the impact of online abuse on female politicians. She writes:
Many of the women with whom we spoke told us that the harassment has a detrimental effect on their professional and personal lives. From delegitimizing them as leaders, to curbing what they say and share online, to forcing them to implement security measures in the face of credible threats, it takes a heavy toll.
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:
While anyone active online has the potential to be targeted with abusive comments, new research we released this week exposes how it impacts one group that often bears the brunt of harassment: women politicians.Read More
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:
The channels for engaging with public officials have rapidly expanded with social media’s rise, creating enormous potential for direct communication between political leaders and the people they serve. At the same time, these platforms have opened up a new avenue for abuse and threats.Read More
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:
One of the most troubling issues preventing gender parity in UK politics is the fact that online abuse of politicians has become the norm – and it is disproportionately targeted at women.Read More
WinningWomen helps female candidates harness powerful digital tools to overcome barriers to electoral success:
While engaging on social media can come with some downsides – such as harassment – it gives women a platform to reach out directly to voters and donors, circumventing institutional barriers. With this in mind, we have partnered with Tectonica, a leading digital agency, to create WinningWomen, a digital campaigning solution for female candidates.Read More