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‘Whatever It Takes’: How Black Women Fought to Mobilize America’s Voters

Democrats have long pointed to Black voters, more specifically, Black women, as a crucial voting bloc. But this November, successfully flipping the southern, Republican-led state of Georgia to the Democrats for the first time in…

The Loneliness of the Black Female Republican

Despite a record number of Republican women on ballots this year, every single Black woman is a long shot in the GOP field for Congress—why?

They Survived Intimate Partner Violence—Now They Can’t Vote Safely

Combined with the barriers to voting that Native Americans already encounter, those who are domestic violence survivors face unique obstacles to casting ballots.

Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

KAUGAMA, Nigeria—Saki Samuno hissed at the darkening skies. The women around her wore the same irritated look as they pointed upwards, anticipating a torrential downpour. After months without access to family planning services, 28-year-old Samuno…

Transgender and Trapped in Sex-Based Social Distancing

Panama came up with a novel—and uniquely discriminatory—public health measure to combat the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Evictions Could Leave More Women Without a Vote

(Cleveland) – Lynn Rodemann walked up the driveway, a mask fixed tightly to her face.  A mother of five welcomed her into the backyard, where she was cleaning up the colorful, damp decorations from a…

100 Years On, Black Women Are Still Fighting For Voting Rights

On a hot summer day in June, Jennifer Lumpkin and dozens of other organizers and volunteers rode through the streets of Cleveland, Ohio in a caravan of brightly colored Jeeps, handing out cloth masks and…

Coronavirus child care pinch in U.S. poses threat to economic gains of working women

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Most days, Zora Pannell works from her dining room table, sitting in front of her computer, turning off the video on Zoom calls to nurse her one-year-old daughter, Savannah. Pannell has balanced…

Public Comment Ends for Proposed Changes that Eliminate Gender-Based Asylum

Trump Administration’s proposed asylum changes could end protection for women and girls fleeing domestic violence. The public comment period ends today. As the United States was busy battling the invisible enemy of the coronavirus, the Trump…

Imagine Online School in a Language You Don’t Understand

OAKLAND, Calif. — Like many parents, Zainab Alomari has spent the last month trying to help her children learn at home. But unlike most, she has been talking to teachers and working through lessons in…

Sex Workers’ Dilemma amid Covid-19

At 6.30pm every evening, Emelda Ngieno’s alarm clock buzzes her out of a deep sleep. As the sun sets, she gets up, throws on tonight’s chosen outfit and heads to her designated location: Pipeline, a…

Sex Workers’ Dilemma amid Covid-19

There are more than 133,674 female sex workers in the country, according to Ministry of Health estimates, and most of their usual clients can no longer leave their homes in the evening.

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

Narjes Khanalizadeh was a 25-year-old nurse in Gilan, a province along the Caspian Sea in northern Iran.

What the World Loses if Turkey Destroys the Syrian Kurds

In spring 2015, the only semiofficial way to enter the Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, referred to by Kurds as Rojava, was by boat across the narrow Tigris River from Iraqi Kurdistan. The boats were…

The Poland Model—Promoting ‘Family Values’ With Cash Handouts

SOBOLEW, Poland—Andrzej and Izabela Gromuł have a lot going on, with three boys ranging from 5 to 12, and a daughter on the way. On the warm Saturday afternoon that we spoke, the grassy backyard…

Dade County Florida Program for Trafficked Children

Listen to the podcast here. It might be pushing it to call the Trump administration’s family separation policy a cause of the national rise in the sexual trafficking of children, but there is evidence to…

How Domestic Abusers Weaponize the Courts

When the phone rang one evening in June 2016, “D” could guess who was calling even before her mother answered. He’d called the house before—D knew it was him—but he’d always remained silent after her…

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News

The U.S. government has just released a highly anticipated human rights report that whitewashes the effects of its own policies.
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