Keeping Score: Paralympic Medalists Achieve Equal Pay; U.S. Women’s Soccer Gets Support From Men’s Team in Equal Pay Lawsuit; Bipartisan Jan. 6 Investigation Begins

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: top U.S. athletes advocate for gender equality and mental health support; Paralympic athletes receive equal compensation for first time in history; U.S. drug distributors could owe $26 billion for their role in the opioid epidemic; Democrats push for women’s inclusion in the military draft; Argentina becomes first Latin American country to issue gender neutral IDs; and more.

August 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

With all the uncertainty and injustice in our daily lives, we each need to find ways to unplug and recharge. Of course, one way to do this is unwind with a great book. This list gives you 37 to choose from this month, from dark mysteries to feminist fantasies to gripping historical fiction.

15,000 ERA Supporters Urge Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to End the Filibuster

In the sweltering heat of a midday desert sun, a delegation of ERA supporters gathered in front of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s local office to deliver thousands of letters, postcards and petitions from Arizona and across the country imploring the senator to align with her fellow progressives and help end or reform the filibuster—a necessary step so the Senate can move forward on a vote to remove the time limit on passing the ERA.

Texas Republicans to Ban Public Schools Teaching History of White Supremacy: “Legislators Need Their Own History Lesson”

Texas’s Senate Bill 3 removes requirements that public schools teach about the history of slavery and white male domination in America.
“HB 3797, which applies to social studies courses, prohibits teachers from discussing issues that might make students ‘feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex.'”

“This bill is not about ‘critical race theory,'” Texas state Rep. Erin Zwiener (D) told Ms. “‘Critical race theory’ is this Boogeyman they have identified. What this is about is whitewashing history. Whitewashing our English classes.”