In each challenge of Ms., we observe analysis on our progress within the struggle for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and preserve tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Retaining Rating on-line, too—on this biweekly roundup.
Lest We Overlook
“A silent pediatric psychological well being pandemic [has been] constructing for many years, disproportionately impacting minoritized teams together with racial, ethnic, and gender numerous youth, and people residing in poverty. … The social disruptions, worry and grief attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world the other way up for all youngsters, particularly these weak to psychological sickness and substance use problems. …
“Congress ought to contemplate options for rising the uptake of collaborative care preparations, together with these in pediatric practices. These packages should be funded adequately to incorporate assets for start-up prices, along with ongoing technical help because the packages grow to be established.”
—Dr. Tami Benton, president-elect of the American Affiliation of Baby and Adolescent Psychiatry, testifying in a Democratic Ladies’s Caucus listening to on poor psychological well being in teenage ladies. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Kathy Manning (D-N.C.). chaired the listening to in response to a “psychological well being disaster” of melancholy and suicidality amongst teenage ladies.
“With out congressional motion, the expiration of kid care stabilization funding on the finish of September threatens to undo latest good points and destabilize the kid care sector. There are already stories of suppliers needing to lift mum or dad charges to assist cowl working prices that have been backed by youngster care stabilization funding, or cut back workers wages, exacerbating challenges in hiring and retaining certified workers. Some suppliers could also be pressured to shut with out further assets. If this trajectory continues, hardworking households can pay the worth—dad and mom shall be left with fewer youngster care choices greater prices—stopping dad and mom from working and holding again our whole economic system.“
—A launch from the White Home urging Congress to increase childcare protection from the American Rescue Plan, amongst different necessary measures comparable to funding catastrophe aid and reasonably priced web connection.
“Extremism poses an existential risk to our democracy, and I take this risk very significantly. … It is a pivotal second for our republic.
“That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of Suppose Huge America, a company devoted to safeguarding reproductive rights and standing up towards the right-wing extremists who wish to take us backwards. Suppose Huge America is constructing on the successes we’ve achieved in Illinois and taking the struggle throughout the nation. Ladies’s well being. Abortion rights. The rights to decide on: These are elementary rights no matter your revenue, no matter the place you reside or who you might be.”
—Illinois governor JB Pritzker (D) in a video announcement of his self-funded political advocacy group, printed on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Suppose Huge America will concentrate on “combating far-right extremism” by way of legislative protections for reproductive freedom.
“Whereas we try to enhance entry to social providers, finally what we’re actually engaged on is social transformation. We’re engaged on altering norms in order that there isn’t a tolerance for abuse. So a part of that success is how are we serving to buddies, household, classmates and coworkers see themselves on this work? Generally individuals really feel like, ‘Oh we simply name 911’ or, ‘We assist somebody go to a shelter,’ however they don’t understand that it actually includes all of us as a group when it comes to not solely prevention however response.
“For me, how we measure success in the long run [is] elevating consciousness in broadening the varieties of coordinated group responses and bringing extra individuals to the desk to be part of that effort.”
—Workplace of Violence In opposition to Ladies director Rosie Hidalgo on confronting a tradition of home violence underneath the Biden administration, each throughout and past Nationwide Home Violence Consciousness Month in October.
“At a time when Republicans throughout the nation are preventing to ban abortion nationwide—bans that disproportionately hurt individuals of colour, individuals with low incomes, and LGBTQ individuals—it’s vital that we guarantee each one that wants it may entry and afford contraception. That FDA advisory panel vote to approve the primary ever over-the-counter contraception utility is a historic step ahead within the struggle to develop entry to contraception, and I hope the FDA will act directly to simply accept the panel’s suggestion.
“However as we all know, entry alone with out affordability just isn’t true entry. That’s why we have to cross this laws to assist guarantee everybody who wants it may entry contraception, no matter their revenue.”
—Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in a press release after reintroducing the Affordability is Entry Act alongside 5 different members of each homes of Congress. The invoice would assure full insurance coverage protection of all FDA-approved over-the-counter contraception.
“Ladies’s reproductive freedoms are underneath assault throughout the nation, and we all know that far-right extremists received’t cease at limiting a girl’s proper to make selections about her personal physique. It’s important that we put insurance policies in place now that may present well timed entry to over-the-counter contraception as soon as permitted by the FDA. Complete protection for contraception will assist hundreds of Nevada ladies keep wholesome and accountable for their very own lives. I’m proud to reintroduce this laws and can preserve preventing for girls’s rights.”
—Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) on the significance of guaranteeing that contraception just isn’t solely accessible over-the-counter, but in addition reasonably priced.
“The U.S. Division of Labor’s Ladies’s Bureau has performed a vital position in enhancing the standing of working ladies and mothers all through our historical past, and that work is very necessary proper now as ladies—and particularly ladies of colour and mothers—face a devastating wage hole, a baby care disaster, and harms attributable to our failure to offer paid household and medical depart. Defunding the Ladies’s Bureau would ship a chilling message to everybody who cares about ladies and our economic system and would rob the nation of a strong advocate for workforce equity and alternative. We urge you to rethink this lower and restore its funding.”
—MomsRising Government Director and CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner protesting Home Republicans’ proposal to get rid of the Ladies’s Bureau of the U.S. Division of Labor.
+ On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the GOP-dominated North Carolina state legislature pushed ahead two election insurance policies that may make voting much more tough for residents. Each have been beforehand vetoed by Gob. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.).
The primary, S.B. 747 “will ban non-public grants for election administration, launch a pilot program for signature verification and transfer up the deadline to obtain mail-in ballots from three days after Election Day to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.”
S.B. 749 will safe the legislature’s proper to nominate state election board members as an alternative of the governor. The invoice may even convert county election boards to include two Democrats and two Republicans, which can seemingly stall election-related selections.
+ After being accused of censorship for a brand new coverage separating some books about race, gender and sexuality at its e book gala’s, Scholastic backtracked on the follow.
I have been sitting with the information that Scholastic is self-censoring their Ebook Festivals since Tuesday. On Thursday I used to be invited to talk at a Scholastic Graphix celebration, and that is what I mentioned. It is an earnest plea for the corporate with whom I’ve made so many books to do higher. https://t.co/ivwzfSR0zd pic.twitter.com/Kv5aJcNw1A
— Molly Knox Ostertag – Updates (@MollyOstertag) October 15, 2023
“We pledge to face with you as we redouble our efforts to fight the legal guidelines proscribing youngsters’s entry to books,” wrote Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic’s commerce publishing division, in an apology letter despatched to its authors and illustrators.
+ Suzanne Somers—tv star greatest recognized for sitcoms Three’s Firm and Step by Step—died at age 76 on Sunday, October 15 after many years of battling breast most cancers.
The actress advocated for equal pay all through her profession. She was fired from Three’s Firm sooner than anticipated after being denied a wage equal to that of her male co-stars. When she requested for equal compensation throughout contract negotiations, “the present’s response was, ‘Who do you assume you might be?’” she mentioned in a Folks interview. “They mentioned, ‘John Ritter is the star.’” As an alternative of constant on the present, she used the momentum to attain roles on different tv reveals and success as an entrepreneur.
+ A gag order issued by Decide Tanya Chutkan will forestall former President Donald Trump from
“making public statements attacking the witnesses and particular prosecutors or courtroom workers members concerned within the federal case regarding his efforts to overturn the 2020 election,” in response to The New York Occasions. He’ll nonetheless be allowed to publicly assault President Joe Biden and his Justice Division, in addition to Decide Chutkan herself.
+ Attorneys filed a federal class-action swimsuit on behalf of households separated on the border by the Trump administration in 2017 and 2018. On Monday, Oct. 16, they reached a settlement that, if permitted, will enable the affected households to stay and work within the U.S. whereas their asylum claims are thought-about.
“This settlement will facilitate the reunification of separated households and supply them with vital providers to help of their restoration,” legal professional normal Merrick Garland mentioned in a press release.
Lead counsel Lee Gelernt of the ACLU mentioned that “Whereas we are able to by no means fully make these households complete once more, or erase the ethical stain of this abhorrent coverage, we’re thrilled for the households that may obtain the settlement’s advantages, most of all the youngsters who haven’t seen their dad and mom in years and struggling households who could have a significant alternative to stay within the U.S..”
+ Not less than 39 journalists have been killed overlaying the Israeli-Gaza struggle. Not less than 5 have been ladies.
+ In Georgia, voting maps drawn by Republic legislators have been rejected by an Atlanta federal choose on Thursday, Oct. 26 for discriminating towards Black voters and violating the Voting Rights Act.
The state’s supreme courtroom additionally voted on Tuesday, Oct. 24 to uphold a six-week abortion ban within the state. As most individuals have no idea they’re pregnant till after the six-week mark, this invoice successfully prohibits most abortions within the state. The Court docket cited the Dobbs determination that overturned Roe v. Wade, making Georgia one among a number of neighboring states the place abortion is inaccessible.
+ The Navy now exempts new moms from postpartum health testing that’s usually administered inside a yr of giving start. The executive memo as an alternative instructs sailors to “take part in a progressive and acceptable train program, as quickly as medically approved.”
Particular Election Day Replace
+ Elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7, revealed nationwide help for reproductive freedom, with a number of states—comparable to California, Michigan, Vermont and Ohio—passing pro-abortion rights propositions. Ohio’s Concern 1 will explicitly shield abortion within the state structure, whereas the state additionally legalized leisure marijuana.
Different states, together with Kentucky and Montana, rejected measures that endanger abortion rights by way of constitutional bans and focusing on of healthcare suppliers.
“The overturning of Roe v. Wade has lit a fireplace underneath voters, and continues to be a strong turnout challenge,” Ms. government editor Kathy Spillar mentioned.
+ In Virginia, Democrats gained management of each homes, which can hinder Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) makes an attempt to ban abortion and reverse Virginia’s ERA ratification.
+ Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D)—who can be Houston’s first Black girl mayor if elected—superior to a Dec. 9 runoff.
+ Philadelphia elected its first girl mayor, Cherelle Parker.
How We’re Doing
+ Harassment and assaults towards Jewish and Muslim communities within the U.S. have elevated in frequency since Hamas launched assaults on Oct. 7. The Council on American-Islamic Relations recorded 774 documented cases of bias from Oct. 7-24, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Middle on Extremism reported 312 acts of antisemitism between Oct. 7-23.
“Public officers ought to do every part of their energy to maintain the wave of hate sweeping the nation proper now from spiraling uncontrolled,” Corey Saylor, analysis and advocacy director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, mentioned.
+ In accordance with a survey by BabyCenter, 82 p.c of collaborating moms report dealing with “extra of the childcare logistics than their companion does,” with 45 p.c having to chop down on work or depart their jobs fully as a result of excessive prices of childcare.
“The logistics of childcare is [sic] exhausting,” one mom advised BabyCenter. “Even with a steady schedule, there are at all times surprising issues that come up and it’s as much as me to work it out. Since my husband makes extra money, I’m positive being the versatile mum or dad, nevertheless it does come at a price of my profession development.”
+ A latest research discovered that being pregnant is way deadlier than inducing abortion, by a ratio of 35-39 in 2020. Between 2013 and 2017, the mortality charge of being pregnant was nonetheless 32-35 instances greater than that of abortion, which was 0.43 deaths per 100,000 abortions from 2013 to 2019.
+ With abortion bans mounting in surrounding states comparable to Georgia and Mississippi, Florida noticed 25 p.c extra abortion procedures as of Oct. 1, 2023 than the identical time final yr.
The spike occurred regardless of an impending six-week ban at the moment being debated by the state Supreme Court docket. If the state’s present 15-week window is narrowed to 6 weeks, abortion entry can be severely restricted for pregnant individuals throughout the South.
+ Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline reported a pointy improve in calls associated to reproductive coercion. Within the yr after Dobbs in comparison with the yr prior, the variety of such calls practically doubled, rising from 1,230 to 2,442.
“In the event you can’t make these selections, it might imply sadly that you must keep in an abusive state of affairs longer than you wish to,” Marium Durrani, vice chairman of public coverage on the NDVH, mentioned. “It might influence your escape, it might imply that doubtlessly you’re pressured to have a baby with somebody you don’t wish to have a baby with.”
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