CNN’s New Online Series ‘Girls on the Bus’ Is All About Women on the Campaign Trail


If you’ve ever read Timothy Crouse‘s tale of life on the 1972 campaign trail, The Boys on the Bus, you can probably guess what CNN’s latest series, “Girls on the Bus” is all about.

Click over to the landing page for the project and you’ll see this explanation:

During the 1972 election, Timothy Crouse penned “The Boys on the Bus” — a book that introduced us to the gritty (mostly male) journalists on the campaign trail. Over four decades later, the daily grind of election may be the same, but the faces have certainly changed.

Meet CNN’s “Girls on the Bus.”

After that, there are links to pieces by many of CNN’s heavy-hitting female journalists and commentators. S.E. Cupp penned one on the importance of staying current on social media.  Maeve Reston contributed her personal experience trying to balance motherhood with being a political reporter during such a tumultuous election.

There are videos along with the essays, too. Here’s one chief political correspondent Dana Bash did about covering gender on the campaign trail:

Like Reston, Bash’s “Girls on the Bus” segment included mentions of the balancing act she does as a mother. Obviously, that was a theme in a series that focuses on the unique challenges and triumphs of being a woman in the industry.

“A lot of times when I’m on my phone, I am trying to multitask, doing source texting and emails, but also making sure that the playdate that I set up for my so was good to go,” she explained. “All of those things are kind of woven into the everyday life of every working mom. It’s just the way it is.”

Among the other realities addressed by the Girls on the Bus are being called disgusting names on social media and dealing with the strong anti-media sentiments of Donald Trump‘s supporters. Go over to Girls on the Bus to check it all out.

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