As has been well-documented during this pandemic, women and men interact with the economy differently. Because of occupational segregation and caregiving obligations, women have been forced out of the workforce at a higher rate than men. For new full-employment policies to serve women, they must proactively address these and other obstacles.
I am not surprised that the acute anti-Asian sentiment festering during the pandemic and the historical objectification and “othering” of Asians, particularly women, in the U.S. has culminated in real-life ramifications. As an Asian woman, violence of this nature was already clear to me.
“Black women’s bodies are a site for state-sponsored violence.”
A growth in Black women’s representation in statehouses and other levels of government in recent years has increased their political power. Black women elected officials often are the ones who challenge policies over issues like police killings, racist monuments and voting restrictions.
It has also led to increasingly visible resistance, with several Black women being arrested or facing criminal charges in the midst of their work in statehouses or in their communities.
“The erosion of U.S. democracy is remarkable, especially for a country that has long aspired to serve as a beacon of freedom for the world,” a new report says.
Freedom House puts a number on that “erosion,” giving the U.S. a democracy score of 83 out of 100 in its 2020 assessment—an 11-point drop from 2010.
As the only child, only daughter to immigrant parents coming from strong Latin and Middle Eastern cultures, I was taught many things of life in this “new” world. COVID-19 showed me that I was never formally taught one constant emotion amongst all of humanity: grief.
Just when I start to learn to process one traumatic event, another hits, and another, and the next—all while grieving a nation I love and a democracy my parents sacrificed to attain.
Meet photographer and educator Cheriss May, whose powerful work has appeared in major publications like The New York Times, People Magazine, NBC News, Reuters, BET, the Today Show, National Press Photographers Association and many others. Her subjects include notable feminists, including First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou and Gabby Giffords.
The hatred toward Asian American women fueled by right-wing groups online is now showing its physical manifestation—and Asian American women journalists are bearing the brunt. There’s been a clear rise in difficult and at times hateful treatment towards Asian American journalists, and women in particular.
The targeted murders of six AAPI women in Atlanta has jolted every fiber of my being. I am in deep pain and I am so exhausted, but I cannot be silent and not speak out against the racist, sexist treatment that AAPI women face.
After the school board told teachers not to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts, Lucy McGary took matters into her own hands, advocating for the teachers who advocate for her, day in and day out.
More women are refusing to stay silently embalmed in shame for what has happened to them personally and professionally, while many men are declaring they are immune to feeling shame about their own acts.