UN General Assembly 75: In a Pandemic World, Where Does Gender Equality Fit In?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold the world hostage, global leaders will gather at the largest annual inter-governmental meeting for the first time ever in a virtual session. The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on 15 September, and its General Debate will focus on how to respond to the pandemic and confront its challenges through multilateral action.

A set of side-events supported by UN Women in the lead up to the High-Level Meeting will put a spotlight on the need to place women front and centre of the response against COVID-19.

Skating on Stolen Land

A roller skating fundraising campaign for Navajo health during the pandemic? At first I thought I had misunderstood my colleague Daisy Purdy’s comment over email. She had written that she might be hard to reach because she would be driving across country, to go to Arizona to begin a roller skating fund-raiser.

But of course, the Navajo Nation is among the hardest hit locations in the world, with the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate. So awareness and pandemic relief is needed now—not at some later more convenient time.

War on Women Report: Trump Calls Fallen Soldiers “Losers,” “Suckers”

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration—and each week, we publish a day-by-day account of it. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.

And OH what a week it’s been…

This week: Trump’s patronizing comments about fallen U.S. soldiers.; Trump ends federal agencies’ anti-racism trainings; Cohen calls Trump a racist, “sordid, mob-like figure”; Trump uses the DOJ (and taxpayer money) to fight E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case; and Trump admits to criminal negligence on tape.

Feminist Twitter Mourns Dueling Tragedies of 9/11, COVID and Racism

It’s been 19 years since the 9/11 attacks forever changed the social and political fabric of the U.S.. On the anniversary of the attacks, feminists are mourning the tragedy, while also reflecting on our current convergence of crises, including racial injustice and a pandemic that has taken 50 times the number of lives lost in the 9/11 attacks—while receiving only a fraction of the government attention and response that the attacks received.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Rather than coordinating a coherent, scientifically-based national strategy to combat the global, COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump is hedging his bets solely on the quick release and acceptance of a vaccine. There are lots of questions surrounding the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine, and some warranted concern for what to expect when options come along: How far are we from a vaccine? Will the vaccine be safe and effective? Will I be able to get the vaccine once it’s approved?

Let’s tackle some of the most common ones.

Winter at the Heart of Appalachian Spring

Alison’s Stine’s debut novel “Road Out of Winter” is a book whose setting compels the reader to keep reading—both for the devastation of the current state of affairs, and for the mournfully beautiful loss. Rather than the warming that has been on our radar for decades, or the deadly fear of a nuclear holocaust, or even the coronavirus debacle pickling our planet, Stine’s is a world that has painted Appalachia, an already impoverished farming community, white with snow—all year, for the second year in a row.

Weekly Pulse, Aug 30-Sep 4: COVID Cases Still “Unacceptably High”—But Can We Trust a Rushed Vaccine?

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: Trump’s handling of the pandemic remains woefully insufficient; Sen. Cruz is “leading the charge on a Hail Mary plea” against medication abortion; House Dems are looking to challenge Hyde; and your weekly COVID-19 updates.