The Ms. Q&A: Jennifer Weiss-Wolf on What the U.S. Can Learn From Scotland’s Period Products Law

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.

How COVID-19 is Devastating Women’s Studies Programs Across the U.S.

It is clear the pandemic has bolstered support for a neoliberal framework for higher education, where certain forms of labor go unrecognized and the financial bottom line takes precedence over all else. It is also clear the most affected entities in this crisis are, unsurprisingly, gender and women’s studies, ethnic studies, Latinx studies, Asian American studies, African American studies and Indigenous studies programs.

Race-Conscious Policies—Including Affirmative Action—Are Necessary For Addressing Racial Inequity

Affirmative action recently survived yet another legal attack when the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Harvard’s favor in a case challenging affirmative action.

This latest case against Harvard demonstrates that color-blindness cannot uproot this country’s legacy of racism. We must face race head-on to meaningfully address the racial inequality that persists in our society.

Weekly Pulse: Health Care Companies Bank Record-High Profits—Yet Can’t Provide Free COVID Tests

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: a group of Republicans backed by the White House challenge the ACA (in the middle of a pandemic); health care companies’ profits are through the roof; Texas clinics see a rise in later abortions after Abbott’s coronavirus-era ban; UNC cancelled in-person classes due to an outbreak of coronavirus after one week; updates on herd immunity; are plastic face shields effective?; and more.

Black College Grads End up With $25,000 More in Loans Than Whites. Cancel That Debt.

A move to cancel student debt for borrowers, especially Black and Brown students, who could not draw upon the equity in a family home or other savings will put more spending money in people’s pockets at a moment when the economy desperate needs it.

Canceling loans for people who have been denied wealth-building opportunities is a moral and economic imperative.