“Unbearable”: Reza Khandan, Husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, on the Ground in Iran’s Qarchak Prison

“My wife Nasrin Sotoudeh has been unjustly and cruelly imprisoned since June 2018 for her legal work representing Iranian human rights and women’s rights activists. … I call on the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation into all of Iran’s prisons, and for Qarchak women’s prison to be immediately closed. The dignity, health and safety of women, children and families everywhere demands no less.”

Colleges Must Support Student Parents Even After COVID

No category of college students has been harder hit than one that is often invisible: students who are also mothers (and fathers). Despite being largely left out of the national higher ed conversation, student parents make up about one-quarter of all college students, and face barriers like soaring college costs and lack of affordable childcare and housing.

The Weekly Pulse: 2021 “Most Hostile” for Abortion; FDA Bans Menthol Cigarettes; Advocates Urge Biden to End Helms and Step Up Global Vaccine Campaign

This week: The 2021 legal session is the “most hostile” for reproductive rights in at least a decade; reproductive health advocates urge the Biden administration to take up the mantle of abortion care, starting with the repeal of the Helms Amendment; the FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars within the next year; and the global vaccination effort remains slow due to a lack of support from developed countries.

Moving the Apostrophe in Mother’s Day: Helping Mothers Around the Globe

Mothers’ Day Movement (MDM) was founded by a small group of women who believe in making a difference for women around the globe.

“Americans are expected to spend $25 billion this Mother’s Day on flowers, earrings and meals. Go ahead: These women are worth it and more! But let’s remember that a tenth of that sum would save large numbers of lives of moms around the world. The Mothers’ Day Movement is a worthy effort to honor mothers in part by saving mothers’ lives.”

Despite a History-Making Oscars, Women’s Underrepresentation Behind the Camera Persists

Despite women making history in the top categories at the Oscars, the number of female nominees in the 18 non-acting categories increased by only two percentage points this year, according to a Women’s Media Center analysis.

“Media frames our democratic debate, interprets and amplifies our policies and our politics. Media tells us who has power and who matters.”