It’s no secret that Jewish college students are a frequent target of hate-speech. A quick google search with the words “anti-Semitism” and “college campus” will reveal hundreds of articles addressing and analyzing the issue. Anti-semitism at colleges is on the rise.
Today, the U.S. House passed the Senate version of the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide economic relief to millions of Americans suffering from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The passage of the American Rescue Plan today is a victory for women,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms.
With knowledge of the facts and the law, students are now stepping up to fight for equality by filing Title lawsuits.
“People talk about ‘Title IX compliance.’ We have got to move away from that language because it doesn’t represent the harm that is being done to girls and women. Instead, call it what it is; athletic departments are engaged in institutionalized, intentional sex discrimination.”
President Biden and policymakers in Congress cannot underestimate the benefits to Black women’s health and quality of life from cancelling student loan debt. Student loan debt cancellation would have immediate impacts on women’s lives.
Like Dr. Jill Biden, I hold an advanced degree in education and have encountered misogynistic ideas about its value along the way. Higher learning institutions have failed to prepare women for the realities of what they’ll face after they’re conferred with doctoral degrees.
Women’s rights organizations are calling on the Biden-Harris administration to form an Office for Gender Equity in the Department of Education to realize the long-overdue promise of educational equity guaranteed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
“There’s never been very much federal leadership to implement Title IX,” says Dr. Sue Klein, education equity director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, who is one of the leaders of effort. “This office would correct that.”
“I’m a teacher. That’s who I am,” Dr. Jill Biden declared on the campaign trail, giving Americans a glimpse into what life in the White House would look like come January.
So what else can we expect from a working first lady, one who has already made feminist history before even taking office?
Of more than 900 Nobel Prize laureates, 866 have been men, while only 56 have been women. Only 16 Nobel prize winners have been Black.
Last month, Ms. had the opportunity to speak with one of these women: Dr. Andrea Ghez, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics. As only the fourth woman (all of them white) to win the award for physics, Ghez understands the Nobel also confers on recipients the responsibility of serving as an international role model for girls contemplating careers in science and for women scientists.
“I understand that our teams don’t make as much money as football and basketball,” says Sage Ohlensehlen, captain of the women’s swim team at University of Iowa and lead plaintiff in a class-action Title IX lawsuit against the school. “But we trained just as hard and we have just as much love for our sport. We deserve to play just as much as any other athlete.”
Scotland recently became the first nation in the world to mandate all period products in the country will be free for anyone who needs them.
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, menstrual equity expert and founder of Period Equity, discusses the historic nature of Scotland’s new law; how it’s going to work, in practice; how we might model it in the U.S.; and how COVID is affecting menstrual equity here in the States.