Keeping Score: Calls to Investigate ICE; Climate Clock Issues Warning; RBG Still Trailblazing

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: Trump intentionally downplayed the coronavirus; the West Coast is on fire; Breonna Taylor’s family receives $12 million from settlement; Alexis Ohanian calls for expanded paternity leave; women in Paris fight back against misogyny; women make up the 22% of board seats at the biggest publicly-traded companies, an all time high; the Black Girl Freedom Fund seeks to invest $1 Billion in young Black women; the majority of Americans say that their country is racist; Black women are unemployed at 27%; women in Trump’s white house make 69 cents for every dollar a male staffer makes; and more.

Watch the Women (Part 1): Maine and Iowa

As she anticipated with her dying statement to her granddaughter—”My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed”—the vacancy Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves on the Supreme Court has set off an intense partisan fight just weeks before the 2020 election.

Which party controls the Senate in 2021 could depend on how the many women candidates fare.

DeVos Threatens Rights of Rape Survivors—But California is Fighting Back

Since 2016, when the Trump Administration rescinded Obama-era guidance on how schools should handle reports of sexual violence, colleges nationwide have struggled to responsibly respond in a way that’s fair and does not retraumatize the survivor. Survivors and advocates in California have decided to take matters into our own hands.

We want to protect students’ safety and access to education. California Senate Bill 493 would do exactly that.

The People Want to Wait: Polling Shows Voters Want Election Winner to Fill SCOTUS Vacancy

62 percent of adult Americans believe that the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the upcoming election between Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, while only 23 percent disagreed (the rest said they were unsure).

Additionally, eight out of 10 Democrats and five out of 10 Republicans agreed that the appointment should until after the winner of the November election is announced.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Created the Playbook for Feminist Barrier-Breaking

RBG taught us grand generosity, wisdom, wit and the need to presume some modicum of good will on all sides: “She left us the playbook.”

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf shares three RBG anecdotes—”not only on account of their stand-alone brilliance, but because when considered as a collective, they offer a blueprint for success in the mighty trio of life, love and the law that she exemplifies.”