An American Mother on Asylum: Trump’s New Rules Would Have Rewritten My Story

“When we were granted asylum, we were finally able to live in safety and peace.

“My heart sank earlier this month when I learned that other women and girls may not have the same access to safety that we did. The Trump administration wants to make major changes to the rules for asylum law.

“If these rules were in effect when I sought asylum in 2011, I would not have been granted.”

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: “Always Begin with the Numbers”

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation. This week: a tool to track the representation of women on panels; state legislatures are majority White and male; the likely decrease in the number of GOP women in the U.S. Senate; Angela Merkel’s plans to fill half of party posts with women by 2025; the environmental voting records of all members of Congress; CREW’s upcoming Suffrage Centennial celebration; and RepresentWomen’s Summer Speaker Series.

We Heart: Colleges Fight Back to Save International Students From Deportation

On Monday, July 6, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—along with the Trump administration—announced that F1 student visas would no longer be valid for international students taking their classes entirely online. However, colleges and college students around the U.S. are getting creative to fight back against these restrictions. Here are some of the legal and creative efforts they are taking to help international students stay in the country.

Solving the U.S. Child Care Crisis Is Essential to Economic Recovery

The Child Care is Essential Act would create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to help child care centers remain open and operating through the pandemic, as well as attempt to repair the nation’s broken child care system for the 21.5 million workers with a child under the age of six.

Providing child care funding would enable moms return to the workforce and help to alleviate unemployment inequalities that disproportionately affect women, especially Black and Latina women.