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The U.S. economy lost a net 140,000 jobs in December, the first month since April that total payrolls declined, the Labo...
01/12/2021
The U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. All were lost by women.

The U.S. economy lost a net 140,000 jobs in December, the first month since April that total payrolls declined, the Labor Department said Friday. But women lost 156,000 jobs overall during the month, while men gained 16,000 jobs, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).

The government’s grim monthly report, the last released under President Trump, shows the pandemic’s ongoing wreckage of the U.S. economy—and the extent to which that damage has been felt by women, especially women of color. Black and Latina women working in retail, restaurants, and other “essential” service-sector industries, often for very low pay, have been disproportionately laid off amid the pandemic’s lockdowns and business closures. Last month, as worsening coronavirus casualties led to new shutdowns, leisure and hospitality employers cut 498,000 jobs—almost 57% of which were held by women. (These losses were only somewhat offset by net job gains in other industries, including the holiday-season retail sector.)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/fortune.com/2021/01/08/covid-job-losses-women-december-us-unemployment-rate/amp/

Actually, it's even worse than that: Technically, women accounted for more than 100% of all U.S. jobs lost last month.

Stacey Abrams’ success in Georgia did not only come from the African American community. It came from Latinos and Asians...
01/06/2021
The 10-year Stacey Abrams project to flip Georgia has nearly come to fruition.

Stacey Abrams’ success in Georgia did not only come from the African American community. It came from Latinos and Asians and all minorities combined with a more woke percentage of the white population. What she did was peel away years of systemic and electorally unjust systems. And it still is not easy to vote there for minorities as it is not easy in many Republican states. But there has been clear progress nonetheless. That is why this moment in Georgia is about more than politics, it’s something all Georgians should be proud of. More equality and balance leads to a stronger democracy. We celebrate her as yet another powerful women that has had to beat incredible odds over this past decade and came out on top.

While Ms. Abrams is widely expected to run for governor again in 2022, she is at the moment one of the most influential American politicians not in elected office. It was her political infrastructure and strategy of increasing turnout among the state’s Black, Latino and Asian voters that laid the groundwork for both President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in November and the Democrats’ performance in the Senate races. Ms. Abrams was not alone in Georgia, of course: Numerous other Black women have led a decades-long organizing effort to transform the state’s electorate.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/01/05/us/politics/stacey-abrams-georgia.amp.html

AdvertisementContinue reading the main storyGeorgia Runoffs Highlights: Warnock Beats Loeffler, Dealing Blow to G.O.P. Senate ControlThe 10-year Stacey Abrams project to flip Georgia has nearly come to fruition.Jan. 6, 2021, 12:01 a.m. ETJan. 6, 2021, 12:01 a.m. ETBy Reid J. Epstein and Astead W. He...

These 12 remarkable women fought tirelessly to make waves in science, politics, the arts and more throughout their lives...
12/29/2020
Gone but not forgotten: 12 trailblazing women we lost in 2020

These 12 remarkable women fought tirelessly to make waves in science, politics, the arts and more throughout their lives — often way ahead of their time. They will not be forgotten.

As we usher in the New Year, Know Your Value looks back at the influential, groundbreaking women we lost in 2020.

In the 1960s, as rock and roll became America's most popular music, the genre also began to take hold in countries like ...
12/29/2020
'Rompan Todo' Explores A Turbulent History Of Latin America Through Rock Music

In the 1960s, as rock and roll became America's most popular music, the genre also began to take hold in countries like Argentina, Mexico and Chile. Netflix's new six-part documentary series, Break It All: The History of Rock in Latin America, explores the music from the '60s to the present.

Break It All — Rompan Todo in Spanish — begins in the early '60s in Mexico, where bands like Los Teen Tops started covering American hits. Others, including Mexico's Los Locos del Ritmo and Uruguay's Los Shakers also inspired many young musicians across Latin America to play their own version of rock.

"In many many ways, we're not telling the story of rock in Latin America but we're telling the story of Latin America, through the point of view of rock," series creator Nicolás Entel says.

Rompan Todo is a new Netflix six-part documentary series that explores the socio-political history of rock music in Latin America from its genesis in the 1960s to the present.

Photographer Polly Irungu wanted to find a way to spotlight and support Black women photographers — so she created a com...
12/28/2020
Founder Of Site Promoting Work Of Black Women Photographers Wants It To Impact Hiring

Photographer Polly Irungu wanted to find a way to spotlight and support Black women photographers — so she created a community and database to do just that.

Her site, blackwomenphotographers.com, is a forum where members can celebrate each other's work. It's also a platform both to elevate the work of Black women in the photo and documentary industry as well as to help financially support photographers whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. And it's a database, so editors and curators can reach out to new talent and expand inclusive hiring practices.

Though Polly Irungu is just starting her career as a professional photographer, she is already spearheading an organization — Black Women Photographers — that is pushing for change in the industry.

The National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020 gathered its data from over 40,000 respondents – teens and young a...
12/28/2020
Nearly half of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in the last year. That was before the pandemic.

The National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020 gathered its data from over 40,000 respondents – teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 who identify as gay or lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or non-binary. This year’s finding of 40% is up slightly from 39% in the same demographic last year.

Other key points that the Trevor Project determined is that 48% of LGBTQ youth “reported engaging in self-harm” in the year before their response. The number is north of 60% among trans and non-binary youth.

Eighty-six percent of youth also said that the current political climate has impacted their well-being negatively. Thirty-three percent reported that they have been “physically threatened or harmed due to their LGBTQ identity” in their lifetime.

The Trevor Project's second annual mental health survey reveals the scary reality that LGBTQ youth regularly face...

As of Dec. 23, Covid-19 had killed more than 54,000 Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
12/28/2020
'Hellish': Covid deaths have struck younger Latinos. Here's the economic, social fallout.

As of Dec. 23, Covid-19 had killed more than 54,000 Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID Tracking Project, which acknowledges that its numbers are incomplete.

The coronavirus exploited many Latinos' long-standing gaps compared to white Americans in income, education and access to health care — including fewer doctors' visits to treat diabetes, hypertension and higher rates of obesity while having less savings and lower wealth, as well as limited business capital.

It thrived on many Latinos' employment in jobs that can't be done from home, as well as language barriers for some.

"It's hard to comprehend sometimes that all of this has happened," says Tina Cisneros, who lost three family members, as families grapple with grief — and financial losses.

Rep. Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, would be the country's first Native American Cabinet secr...
12/18/2020
In Historic Move, Biden To Pick Native American Rep. Haaland As Interior Secretary

Rep. Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, would be the country's first Native American Cabinet secretary. Fittingly, she'd do so as head of the agency responsible for not only managing the nation's public lands but also honoring its treaties with the Indigenous people from whom those lands were taken.

In a statement, the Biden-Harris transition team called Haaland a "barrier-breaking public servant who has spent her career fighting for families, including in Tribal Nations, rural communities, and communities of color," who will be "ready on day one to protect our environment and fight for a clean energy future."

In a tweet, Haaland acknowledged the unique "voice" she'll bring. "Growing up in my mother's Pueblo household made me fierce," she wrote. "I'll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land."

Deb Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary. She opposed many Trump environmental rollbacks and considers climate change "the challenge of our lifetime."

The records and stats of 3,400 players who competed in seven leagues for Black players between 1920 and 1948, will be in...
12/17/2020
'Long overdue': Negro Leagues now part of Major League Baseball, stats counted in MLB records

The records and stats of 3,400 players who competed in seven leagues for Black players between 1920 and 1948, will be included in MLB records, officials said.

“For historical merit, today is extraordinarily important. Having been around so many of the Negro League players, they never looked to MLB to validate them," Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick said in a statement. "But for fans and for historical sake, this is significant, it really is.”

About 3,400 players were part of these seven leagues that existed from 1920 to 1948.

On Monday, the Supreme Court turned away Indiana’s attempt to strip equal parenting rights from married same-sex couples...
12/14/2020
The Supreme Court Rejects Opportunity to Roll Back Marriage Equality

On Monday, the Supreme Court turned away Indiana’s attempt to strip equal parenting rights from married same-sex couples. The court’s decision ensures that same-sex couples in Indiana will remain the lawful parents of their own children, ending the state’s six-year-long crusade to remove their names from their children’s birth certificates. But beyond Indiana, Monday’s order also suggests that a majority of the justices aren’t eager to roll back marriage equality.

Indiana asked the justices to strip rights from same-sex parents. They passed.

Jill Biden, who uses her academic title on her Twitter profile, received her doctorate in 2007 from the University of De...
12/13/2020
Jill Biden: Backlash after WSJ op-ed calls future first lady 'kiddo'

Jill Biden, who uses her academic title on her Twitter profile, received her doctorate in 2007 from the University of Delaware. She wrote her dissertation on student retention in community colleges.

She also holds two master's degrees and will be one of the most-educated presidential spouses in US history when her husband takes office in January.

Opinion writer Joseph Epstein argued only medical doctors should call themselves Dr.

Rowling has been an outspoken opponent of puberty blockers for transgender teenagers, hormones given to some transgender...
12/12/2020
J.K. Rowling says 90% of her fans agree with her transphobia but they’re afraid to say so publicly

Rowling has been an outspoken opponent of puberty blockers for transgender teenagers, hormones given to some transgender kids to delay the onset of puberty so that they and their families can have more time to understand their identity before their bodies undergo permanent changes.

It is almost unheard of for transgender minors to undergo “irreversible surgeries.” Puberty blockers, though, prevent irreversible changes that come with puberty that can result in lifelong dysphoria for transgender people; transgender people who had access to puberty blockers are one-third as likely to report suicidal thoughts as those who wanted them but didn’t get them.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/12/j-k-rowling-says-90-fans-agree-transphobia-theyre-afraid-say-publicly/?fbclid=IwAR3lmBIem9JrUm_wP9GX064NYuRkjXKIg1UHiNaVFylCFosI3s6e3dBI2AE

She claims that people who oppose trans rights live in a "climate of fear" in a clumsy attempt to paint them as victims...

12/11/2020
Cleaner in COVID wards proud to fight pandemic | Reuters Video

Since the outbreak began, the only time De La Cruz took more than the occasional day off was in July, when she herself was infected with the virus.

After a month-long recovery, she returned to disinfecting the coronavirus-contaminated areas of the hospital.

https://in.reuters.com/video/watch/idOVD8KJ1WR

Evelia De La Cruz, who strips sheets and sanitizes beds as a cleaner at Roseland Community Hospital in the Southside of Chicago, Illinois, says she's proud to be doing her part in the fight against the pandemic. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Since this year’s contest pitted President Trump against another white man instead of a woman, much less the first woman...
12/09/2020
Why So Many Men Stuck With Trump In 2020

Since this year’s contest pitted President Trump against another white man instead of a woman, much less the first woman to run for president on a major-party ticket. It certainly seemed possible heading into this election that the gender gap might be smaller, especially as Joe Biden seemed poised to pick up more support among male voters than Hillary Clinton did.

Only that doesn’t appear to have happened, at least not in a widespread way. Men’s and women’s voting patterns have been diverging for the past few decades. But according to research conducted before and after the election, the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a large role in exacerbating gender divisions in the electorate. This split wasn’t enough for Trump to win this time, of course, but his attitude toward the coronavirus crisis may actually have been a bonus for some men, which could present a real challenge for Biden moving forward.

https:/fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-so-many-men-stuck-with-trump-in-2020/

Given how unreliable the exit polls were this year, it will likely be a while before we know exactly how differently men and women voted in 2020. But a new surv…

During the campaign activists quickly pointed out that Latina grassroots organizers deserve credit for Biden’s win. They...
12/06/2020
These Latinas were pioneers for workers' rights in the United States.

During the campaign activists quickly pointed out that Latina grassroots organizers deserve credit for Biden’s win. They knocked on doors overlooked by party officials, helped Latino households register to vote and hosted community meetings. Led in part by Alejandra Gomez, they were continuing a decade-long effort that, in partnership with labor movement organizers like Neidi Dominguez, ousted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2016 after a 24-year tenure known for raiding neighborhoods and workplaces for illegal immigrants.

And yet, the history of Latina organizers mobilizing their communities is even longer. American history education tends to describe the Latino population as a monolith, but they have long played a key role in advancing the causes of fairer wages and humane working conditions that has benefited people from all racial and ethnic groups.

https://time.com/5909191/these-latinas-were-pioneers-for-workers-rights-in-the-u-s-here-are-2-you-should-have-learned-about-in-school/

Latinas were active in the labor movement nearly three decades earlier, and that work is not taught as often in schools

Many mom-entrepreneurs are working from home at the same time their kids are stuck at home, and they’re finding themselv...
11/15/2020
Entrepreneurial Moms Share Creative Strategies For Juggling Business And Family At Home

Many mom-entrepreneurs are working from home at the same time their kids are stuck at home, and they’re finding themselves with the added full-time role of teacher, coach, counselor, and more.

Here, eight small business owners who are working from home, while their children are learning from home, speak out about the coping strategies they’ve developed—including taking away the TV!

Take away the TV! Buy a new dog! Those are just two ways clever moms are dealing with children at home while also running their businesses.

The “Marriage Regardless of Gender Amendment” also asked if religious organizations and clergy retained the right “to re...
11/06/2020
Nevada becomes first state to recognize gay marriage in state constitution

The “Marriage Regardless of Gender Amendment” also asked if religious organizations and clergy retained the right “to refuse to solemnize a marriage.”
The results were 62 percent in favor and 38 percent against with more than three-fourths of the votes counted.
“It feels good that we let the voters decide,” Equality Nevada President Chris Davin told NBC News. “The people said this, not judges or lawmakers. This was direct democracy — it’s how everything should be.”

A question on the Nevada ballot asked voters whether they support an amendment recognizing marriage “as between couples regardless of gender.”

Brilliant. It could have also been a move to heal political divisions and it would have been just as smart.
11/06/2020
Burger King wants you to order from McDonald's

Brilliant. It could have also been a move to heal political divisions and it would have been just as smart.

Fast food chain Burger King has taken a rather unusual step: calling on customers to order from archrival McDonald's, as well as a number of other competing restaurants.

Four covers from FastCompany We feel worth the share. No matter what your business is these are good life philosophies y...
11/05/2020

Four covers from FastCompany We feel worth the share. No matter what your business is these are good life philosophies you may find helpful to break through our current discord, political, spiritual and mental crisis.

Among the many stories being missed by the possible contentiousness of the coming fight over results, this one warmed ou...
11/04/2020
Sarah McBride makes history as 1st transgender state senator in US

Among the many stories being missed by the possible contentiousness of the coming fight over results, this one warmed our hearts.

Sarah McBride won a seat in the Delaware state Senate Tuesday night, making history by becoming the first openly transgender state senator in the United States.

“Marchers, speakers and organizers spoke out about reforms to law enforcement, expansions of voting rights and the power...
08/28/2020
'This dream is still alive': Thousands rally for racial justice at March on Washington

“Marchers, speakers and organizers spoke out about reforms to law enforcement, expansions of voting rights and the power of voting in November to bring about the change they sought.” (NOTE: Why USA Today’s editors chose to end this thought with “sought” instead of “seek” seems like an oversight, but we still think it’s another moment of pride in our right to demonstrate unity.)

Thousands gathered in the nation's capital for the March on Washington amid ongoing protests against police killings of Black people.

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