Investing in Social Infrastructure Provides a Recovery Path for All—But Especially Low-Income Families

Too often, policies that are perceived to be “feminine” or unequally benefiting women are dismissed in favor of more “serious” policies. The two infrastructure bills working their way through Congress are no exception.

In reality, policies like the child tax credit, paid family leave and guaranteed income result in better outcomes for everyone.

House Passes the Historic Build Back Better Act: “A Giant Step Forward”

On Friday, the House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) Act—the largest expansion of the U.S. social safety net since the 1960s. The bill includes elements that feminists have worked literally decades for.

The BBB bill is “monumental, it’s historic, it’s transformative, it’s bigger than anything we’ve ever done,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference. “We will be telling our children and grandchildren that we were here this day.”

To Better Understand Sexual Violence on College Campuses, Congress Members Demand Education Department Changes

Up to 25 percent of undergraduate women will become victims of sexual violence—but because existing mechanisms for capturing and measuring this impact fail to capture the full scope of the issue, this number may be even higher. On Monday, members of Congress formally called this to the attention of the Biden administration.

In a letter signed by 77 members of Congress, signatories called on the Department of Education to update Campus Climate surveys, which assess campus culture including sexual violence.

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation: The Case for Canceling Party Primaries; Remembering Jeannette Rankin, the First Woman Elected to Congress

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: Remembering Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to U.S. Congress; how can the Republican Party recruit more women candidates?; election highlights for women, including the women elected to the NYC Council; the case for canceling party primaries; and more.

‘Our Job Is Not Done’: Women Veterans in Congress Continue To Help Afghan Refugees

Women policymakers and veterans are pressing the Biden administration to protect Afghan refugees, specifically women and children.

“Women have been on the frontlines—and not just in Afghanistan—of promoting democratic values in an important way,” said Rep. Mikie Sherrill. “So if we want to see an Afghanistan that does not look like an Afghanistan of 20 years ago, then supporting women is a critical piece of that … Our job is not done.”

Keeping Score: House Passes $1.2T Infrastructure Bill; Justice Sotomayor’s Powerful Dissent on Behalf of Texas Women; Men Have Two-Thirds of News Bylines

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: COVID-19 pandemic reaches death toll of 5 million globally; House passes $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill; State Dept. issues first passport with “X” gender marker; Michelle Wu is first woman of color elected Boston mayor; and more.