“Poverty is an injustice that falls most heavily on girls. I know this to be a fact. And I fully believe that the best way to address this injustice is to invest in organizations that support the education of young women.”
Texas’s Senate Bill 3 removes requirements that public schools teach about the history of slavery and white male domination in America.
“HB 3797, which applies to social studies courses, prohibits teachers from discussing issues that might make students ‘feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex.'”
“This bill is not about ‘critical race theory,'” Texas state Rep. Erin Zwiener (D) told Ms. “‘Critical race theory’ is this Boogeyman they have identified. What this is about is whitewashing history. Whitewashing our English classes.”
Critical race theory, a framework that aims to teach how racism has shaped U.S. laws and institutions, is being banned in classrooms around the country. Republicans are using critical race theory as a dog whistle to mobilize suburban white voters against Democrats.
“It would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous,” said law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, a founder of critical race theory.
For Democrats in both the Senate and House, the bipartisan infrastructure bill—focused on so-called “traditional” infrastructure such as water systems, roads, bridges, clean power sources and broadband—is just the first step.
“Human infrastructure is intertwined with our physical infrastructure,” said President Biden.
Due to the dual negative impact of regressive policies as well as COVID-19, the U.S. is currently on track to see the lowest enrollment of new international students since World War II, with much of this lost talent being diverted to the U.K., Canada and Australia.
Yet it is exactly times like these, with growing nationalism and xenophobia, that underscore why America needs to keep its minds and doors open, where American students also learn from their international classmates.
Now that Afghan women are aware of their rights and have been introduced to democracy and freedom, it is essential for the international community and Afghanistan’s international partners—the U.S. in particular—to stand with Afghan women after the withdrawal of troops.
With continued international support, hard-won gains by women must be preserved and advanced.
The Gender Equity Education Act would create an Office for Gender Equity inside the Department of Education tasked with developing new gender equity initiatives in schools and addressing pressing issues experienced by women and girls in education, including access to STEM education, athletics, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and assault.
This week in Keeping Score: activists and DOJ defend trans rights; Senate recognizes Juneteenth as federal holiday; New York will offer gender-neutral IDs; Biden judicial nominees include a record number of women; and more.
Strict, gendered dress codes teach that someone with power can, should and will control the choices girls may make about their bodies and sexuality. The best way to reduce sexual harassment and assault is to do the opposite: Let girls have autonomy over their appearance, and demonstrate that no one should ever get to sexualize anyone else without their consent.
Eastern European activists have some important lessons for American activists when it comes to resisting the rise of the right. The most important of which is the maintenance of broad-based organizations.