September 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

Enjoy this month’s list of 30 feminist books from writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBIA+, queer, disabled, and more. This list has given me new knowledge, deeper empathy, broader perspectives, much-needed laughter and increased inspiration. I hope you find something here that does the same for you. 

Front and Center: Guaranteed Income “Helps Low-Income Women Better Ourselves,” Says Annette, a Mother of the Magnolia Mother’s Trust

Front and Center highlights the success of Springboard to Opportunities’ Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which this year will give $1,000 per month for 12 months to 100 families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing.

“If I were able to sit down with our country’s leaders, I would tell them how important a program like the Magnolia Mother’s Trust is. It helps low-income women like myself better ourselves.”

Feminist Mobility Solutions Can Drive a More Just Transportation System

A new Women’s Environment and Development Organization report makes the case that by realizing the potential for intentional and equitable investment that prioritizes universal access and affordability for all, takes into account the differentiated needs of users it has historically marginalized and learns lessons from feminist transportation advocates, U.S. mobility infrastructure can actually serve as a critical pathway to achieving racial, economic and gender justice. 

The Power of Unrestricted Cash: Advocates Call for Permanent Policy to Support Low-Income Families

A permanent child tax credit and guaranteed income would give low-income mothers of color more opportunities to provide for their children without financial stress, and invest in their personal goals.

By getting cash into the hands of people who need it, these policies would make a huge difference for struggling Americans, and would be a step towards creating an economic system that values the lived experiences and unique perspectives of marginalized people.

Equal Rights Amendment Is a “Critical Legal Tool” To Achieve Equal Pay for Black Women

To mark Equal Pay Day for Black women on August 3, the ERA Coalition hosted a town hall with some of the nation’s leading women’s rights advocates speaking about the importance of passing the ERA to ensure pay equality for Black women.

“The Equal Rights Amendment creates a critical legal tool to combat the discrimination women face each and every single day, especially women of color.”

Front and Center: Guaranteed Income and the Child Tax Credit Are Keeping This Family Afloat

Front and Center highlights the success of Springboard to Opportunities’ Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which this year will give $1,000 per month for 12 months to 100 families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing.

“Now that I have the guaranteed income money coming in, I don’t have to worry about whether I can afford bills this month or be concerned about affording household supplies.”

“The child tax credit payments that started coming last month has been a huge help … to get prepared and buy my children their school things—there’s so much to get.”