Trump’s budget blueprint is hundreds of pages, with dozens of spreadsheets and tables. But at its core, it’s a statement about who this President values and who he doesn’t.
We must boldly embark upon ending centuries of exploitative practices, policy choices and interconnected norms and expectations that are so deeply calcified they sometimes feel impossible to change.
The optics were chilling: men in riot gear with AK47s drawn stormed into a home where homeless Black women and their children were seeking shelter in the cold, wet winter months. The images from the scene challenge us to examine how race and gender inequality are embedded in the DNA of our homelessness epidemic.
It was the sendoff of the season in Washington, D.C. The occasion? The retirement of Dr. Heidi Hartmann, founder and President of the Institute for Policy Research, which has been the leading think tank on issues of importance to women since 1987.
When the first ever female president of the Economic Policy Institute, Thea Lee, appeared on Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal, she proved that economists can be fully human and funny—and encouraging a whole flank of female economists, notably rare in this still whitest, mostly male and unfunniest realm.
Workers are suing McDonald’s for failing to stop sexual harassment—and they’re also storming corporate offices to demand a seat at decision-making tables.
Hunger is not and has never been a meaningful incentive to find employment when employment is not there to be had. Yet the Trump Administration just announced a new rule restricting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for nearly 700,000 so-called “able-bodied adults without dependents.”
Until we can change the system that allows people to remain hungry, we cannot and will not rest. Not while a mother still anguishes when she has to put a child to bed hungry. Not while those struggling still forgo help because of stigma. Not while anyone in our country remains unable to access the food they need to thrive.
These last several decades of growing wealth inequality have shown us that when the wealthy are prioritized in our laws and tax bills, it’s women and people of color who suffer the most for it.
As we reflect upon the two year anniversary of the #MeToo movement and the one year anniversary of the Kavanagh hearings, it is time for us to deepen our collective understanding of the wide-ranging economic and emotional consequences of sexual harassment—and recognize that when women are held back, we all suffer the consequences.