U.S. Continues Dark Legacy of Forced Sterilization: “They’re Experimenting With Our Bodies”

Immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, with little to no knowledge of the medical procedure, were forced to undergo unwanted hysterectomies.

The United States has an ugly, and often hidden history of forced sterilization of immigrants, people of color, indigenous women, and anyone else seen as “unfit,” and therefore expendable, by the powers that be.

There’s a Simple Solution to End Child Marriage in North Carolina

New studies by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) reveal the grim consequences of child marriage in the U.S., which occurs at particularly high rates in North Carolina. North Carolina is becoming a common destination for adults to take children when their marriage is illegal in their home states. Between 2000 and 2015, almost 9,000 minors were listed on marriage license applications in North Carolina.

But there’s a simple solution: Set the minimum age of marriage at 18, without exceptions.

Keeping Score: “Mr. President, It’s You Who Have Created the Hate and Division”

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: the WNBA and Naomi Osaka honor Breonna Taylor; Trump encourages violence; remembering Chadwick Boseman, “a true class act”; Black Kenosha reporter resigns in protest; Keke Palmer is the first Black woman to host the VMAs; the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act; a win for Afghan women; a growing number of employers encourage poll workers; Buffy Wicks votes with her baby; a bill would require greater racial diversity of corporate boards in California; a (questionable) suffrage statue in Central Park; child marriage in the U.S. continues; what do Americans think of nonviolent protests?; women-owned small businesses not faring well in COVID; college students’ voting patterns; and more.

What’s at Stake: LGBTQ Civil Rights

When it comes to LGBTQ rights, President Trump says one thing but does another. The National Center for Transgender Equality cites at least 69 anti-transgender and anti-LGBTQ actions since Trump took office.

Questions for 2020 Candidates:
* Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to outlaw same–sex marriage?
* Do you support including LGBTQ citizens in laws that prohibit workplace and housing discrimination? Have you, or would you, co–sponsor the Equality Act to do that?
* Do you support President Trump’s rollbacks of transgender rights in the military, health care, and access to homeless shelters?

While Praising the NBA Strike, Don’t Forget How WNBA Players Paved The Way

Headlines last week portrayed NBA players as the activist leaders in the sports world and reduced WNBA players to mere followers of their male counterparts’ actions.

But on the whole, the WNBA has consistently and collectively been on the forefront of social justice issues for years now.

Women’s leadership—particularly Black women’s leadership—in the WNBA is too often left out of headlines about activism in professional sports.

“We know what it was like to stand up, even against public opinion.”