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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?

Black Childcare Providers Hit Hard by COVID-19

Kimberly Speller is still getting used to the quiet. Before the pandemic, on a typical day, she’d welcome a dozen or so boisterous 3 and 4-year-olds onto her porch and into her home in West…

“You’re Basically Trying to Pick Your Poison”: Persistent Inequality Weighs on Black Mothers During COVID-19

On a bright Sunday afternoon in late August, 37-year-old Adrianne Williams tucked her son Josiah into his car seat. The energetic three-year-old was talkative that afternoon, excited for the weekly hour drive. Josiah’s latest obsession,…

Transgender and Trapped in Sex-Based Social Distancing

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

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…

Why Women Are The Vanguard Of The Racial Equality Movement in the U.K.

Before protests demanding equality for Black people swept across the country, Aba Amoah was finishing her criminology degree, practicing Mandarin and planning her next trip abroad. Now, the 22-year-old is at the vanguard of the Black Lives…

Author Brittney Cooper on Harnessing Rage, Right Now

“The critical mass we’ve seen suggests something is shifting in the ether.” Brittney Cooper, author of “Eloquent Rage.” The “angry black woman” stereotype has been picked apart and widely condemned in recent years. Michelle Obama…

Mothers of Black Americans Killed by Police Speak Out: ‘Nothing’s Changed’

In his final moments of life, George Floyd called for his mother as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck in the street. Floyd’s death has sparked a now worldwide anti-racism movement, huge anti-police brutality…

Lose Income or Risk Your Child’s Health at Daycare? The Impossible Choice Low-Income Parents Face in Wisconsin

When 19-year old Milwaukee native Lenesha Barr discovered her six-month-old son, LaShaun, tested positive for coronavirus in April, she panicked.  “There’s a risk that he might die from this,” says Barr, a cook at Wendy’s on unpaid…

Pregnant Black Women Navigate Two Public Health Crises During COVID-19 in Milwaukee

Twenty-seven-year-old Shakiela Riley had her birth plan ready. In her first trimester, she found an OB-GYN, reached out to a doula for an in-person consultation, and took a handful of pregnancy classes. A Milwaukee native, Riley,…

Gender Activists in a March Dubbed Usawa Demand Action Against GBV, Youth Empowerment, Women Land Rights

The march dubbed Usawa kicked-off at Uhuru Park’s freedom corner to President’s Uhuru Kenyatta’s office at Harambee House, where they delivered a petition on gender equality.

Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall

In 1997, Ima Matul, a seventeen-year-old living in rural Indonesia, was offered a job as a live-in housekeeper in Los Angeles. The person who recruited her promised that, if she worked for a few years,…

In Mosques Across Morocco, Women are Leading a Quiet Revolution

Not long ago, a woman confided a terrible secret to Zineb Hidra. Her husband, she whispered, was an alcoholic. He spent the young family’s money on liquor, and beat her when he was drunk. One…
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