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Supporting Working Parents Could Accelerate Recovery

Since the COVID-19 recession started, almost 3 million women have left the labor force. Will they go back to work? Several policies—none of which are in widespread use in the U.S.—could help.   There’s always a tension in families between working and caregiving. Two-parent households usually manage it by specializing. One—most often a mother—disengages from working...

Anti-Abortion Trump Official Leads Campaign Against Voting Rights Legislation, HR 1

Anti-abortion groups are launching an assault on landmark voting rights legislation HR 1, saying it would ensure “pro-abortion Democrats” had permanent control over the federal government. Since the beginning of 2021, 33 states have introduced 165 bills suppressing and restricting the right to vote—up from 35 such bills across...

We Have Her Back: Opposition to Neera Tanden Reflects Sexist, Racist Double Standard

Neera Tanden speaking with attendees at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People hosted by the Center for the American Progress Action Fund and the SEIU at the Enclave in Las Vegas. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) A sexist storm of double standards and hypocrisy is brewing, with...

The Fab Five: Shattering L.A. County’s Glass Ceiling

An all-women board now presides over L.A. County’s 10-million-plus residents. Left to right: Supervisors Holly Mitchell (D), Kathryn Barger (R), Janice Hahn (D), Sheila Kuehl (D) and Hilda L. Solis (D) control L.A. County’s $38 billion annual budget. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes; Brittany Murray / Getty Images; Presley...

The International Criminal Court Still Has Work to Do on Gender-Based Crimes

The International Criminal Court recently convicted Dominic Ongwen for the war crimes of rape and forced pregnancy—only the second conviction for gender-based crimes. “In the nearly 20 years since the International Criminal Court was established, violence targeting … women and girls has been an integral tool in nearly every...

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Latest Dispatch from Prison to the U.N. Is a Desperate Plea

“I ask you … to please pay close attention to the issue of executions in Iranian society, especially that of religious, ethnic minorities and women, and take necessary measures to prevent such extensive executions.” (Image courtesy of NASRIN film) Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian human rights attorney and staunch feminist, has represented political prisoners, religious minorities,...

Cartoon Collab Centers Black Trans and Non-Binary Youth

The National Black Justice Coalition and Cartoon Network partnered to release a comic strip that teaches kids about pronouns and respect. “I wish I had seen this sort of thing as a kid,” wrote one viewer. “I definitely would have come out sooner than I did. I’m glad that...

How the $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Rescue Package Addresses Racial and Gender Disparities

The legislation, being considered by the House this week, has a number of measures that aim to incorporate racial and gender disparities as they address the coronavirus pandemic and economic struggles. President Biden in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to tour a Pfizer manufacturing plant. (@POTUS / Instagram) This story originally appeared on...

The U.S. Is Failing Mothers of Color—But Massachusetts Is Fighting Back

A new Massachusetts bill will examine the racial inequities plaguing Massachusetts’s maternal health system. Racial discrimination occurs in all facets of America’s health care system, but mothers are particularly affected. (Pixabay / Creative Commons) In a historic move to combat systemic racism, Massachusetts lawmakers have passed Bill H.4818, An Act...

Will 2021 be Defined by Voting Rights and Electoral Reform?

The U.S. is in desperate need of legislation to bring transformative change to its democracy. Here’s what activists and lawmakers propose. “Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives? Not the rich, more than the poor; not the learned, more than the ignorant; not the haughty heirs...