War on Women Report: Trump on U.S. Death Toll—“It Is What It Is”

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.

This week: Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant who worked for over five years at Trump’s hotel resort in Bedminster, N.J., has been placed in deportation proceedings; Trump ignored bipartisan opposition to his nomination of Anthony Tata; Trump’s abysmal interview with Jonathan Swan; Trump continues to blindly call for re-opening schools; VP Mike Pence joins anti-choice organization Susan B. Anthony List on a multi-state tour.

The Weekly Pulse, August 2-7: In the Fight Against COVID, Trump is Failing Us

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

This week, we run down recent updates on reproductive health care and policy; address the presence of coronavirus risks in reopened-schools and prisons; and provide updates on the coronavirus with a closer look at how exactly leadership is failing us in the global fight against COVID.

Our (Sick) System of Sick Leave, Maternity Leave and Family Leave

There are no federal laws guaranteeing sick leave or maternity leave for employees in the United States.

And on the subject of paid parental leave, once again, the U.S. lags behind the world. Out of 193 countries in the United Nations, only a handful lack a national paid parental leave: New Guinea, Suriname, a few South Pacific island nations—and the United States.

It’s up to women to pose the hard questions and determine wheth­er a candidate supports family-friendly work­places or not.

Michigan Teen Incarcerated for Not Doing Homework Freed

Grace, the Michigan teen whose story went viral a several weeks ago after she was incarcerated for failing to complete homework assignments, has been freed. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered her release from Children’s Village, where she’d been detained since May, on Friday.

“We can’t forget Grace is just one case in our broken criminal justice system. Let this case shine a light and raise awareness of the work we still need to do.”

In Defense of the “1619 Project”

The “1619 Project” is critical in bringing the U.S. up to par in taking responsibility for slavery, and, perhaps even more so, in taking action to repairing the educational standard around slaver and all the ways its influence continues to permeate the United States.

It is no wonder white historians and senators alike feel threatened; Sen. Tom Cotton’s feet are firmly planted in the faith of American exceptionalism, so to him and those who share his beliefs, a curriculum that reveals a not-so-exceptional U.S. is earth-shattering.