Table For 12, Please: Isabel Guzman, Small Business Administrator, Will Manage $1 Trillion in Relief

On March 16, the Senate confirmed Isabella Casillas Guzman, President Biden’s pick to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), an agency that has seen its profile grow enormously in response to the pandemic. She is the first Latina to lead the agency and the only Latina in Biden’s diverse Cabinet.

“Now more than ever, our small businesses need us,” Guzman said.

The Weekly Pulse: Arkansas Near-Total Abortion Ban; Biden Signs American Rescue Plan; Feminists Mark One Year of COVID

In this week’s edition, we take a look at the American Rescue Plan Act to what it has in store for those suffering through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; mark one year since the pandemic officially began; discuss President Biden’s latest vaccine timeline; and, run down recent attacks on reproductive health.

As we reflect on the past year, let us be reminded that the opportunity for advancing an intersectional feminist agenda is now.

Women in Medicine at the Center of Our COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought attention to the struggles of work-life balance, the reliance on women for many domestic activities and the grueling hours and sacrifice health care workers make. If these issues were a Venn diagram, women in medicine would be at the center. But the challenges that women in medicine face were only exacerbated, not created, by the pandemic.