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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…

Inmates Witnessed a Suicide Attempt. They Received Coloring Pages Instead of Counseling

CHINO, Calif. — On a morning in mid-May, Anna “C.J.” Rugg, a 38-year-old transgender man who had tested positive for the coronavirus at the California Institution for Women, set his room in the medical isolation…

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…

The Pathologist: She Confronts the Virus From Inside Nursing Homes

“I said: ‘We are from Baghdad. We know how to handle difficult situations.’” Lubab al-Quraishi, a pathology assistant in New Jersey A few days a week, Lubab al-Quraishi, 47, wakes up before sunrise and drives…

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…

This Nurse is Leading the Fight for Safer Hospitals

“As a nurse, there are just times when it’s very intuitive. You just sense that something catastrophic is going to happen.” Bonnie Castillo, the executive director of National Nurses United In early January, before most…

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…

This Financial Coaching Pilot is Helping Cash-Strapped Women During COVID-19

How do you make empowered decisions on a topic you know little about? People are asking themselves that question a lot during this pandemic, but it applies to everyday uncertainties as well. A big one is…

Could Coronavirus Make Telemedicine Abortion The New Normal?

Terri first realized she was pregnant in late March. She was isolating at home with her boyfriend in rural upstate New York, where she runs a housecleaning business. At 46, she was sure she didn’t…

COVID-19 Crisis Cost Women Millions More Jobs Than Men

Women outnumbered men in coronavirus-related job losses by an estimated 2.1 million, The Fuller Project has found in an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report released Friday.  Women, who make up…

Is Getting Pregnant “Medically Necessary” Right Now?

On Friday, March 13, the management of the large hospital in Sacramento, California, where Kate works as a nurse anesthetist announced the cancellation of all elective surgeries. Kate and her husband had been pursuing fertility…

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,…

Federal Government Needs to Change How it Releases Unemployment Data

In the sweeping economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, women and people of color are being hit particularly hard. Industries that disproportionately employ them — restaurant, hospitality, and services — were among the first…

Coronavirus Shutdowns Make Women the Majority of Unemployment Seekers in States Across U.S.

In 17 states, women filed the majority of new unemployment claims in the weeks after their governors closed schools and workplaces to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a new analysis by The Fuller Project…

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…

‘Grammie’s Taking Food to Other People’: A Trucker Keeps Trucking

Ingrid Brown loves the peace of the night, especially these days. When the sun sets, it’s just her and the road, her truck lights illuminating the highway stretching out ahead. The quiet is “like a…

‘The Reality Is, It’s Incredibly Hard’

Shelly Hughes’s typical day starts at 9 p.m. She’s used to not wanting to get out of bed and go to work, but now the feeling is much stronger. Her son, home from college because…
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