November 2, 2019

What Abortion Actually Is About

I’m going to be frank: I’m sick and tired of having to justify why we need to be able to get an abortion. I’m tired of the constant reasons we need to give and soul-baring we need to

March 5, 2021

How States Are Making Care Less Taxing in Tax Year 2020

It’s time to file your 2020 tax returns, if you haven’t already! If you paid out-of-pocket child or dependent care expenses in 2020, or if you’re a child care provider or advocate who knows families that did, you should know about state tax provisions that help reduce these expenses.   Many parents struggle to afford high-quality, affordable child care

March 4, 2021

Will Democracy Keep Black Girls Safe?: The Protecting Our Students in Schools Act

Nineteen states explicitly allow schools to use what we traditionally understand to be corporal punishment—inflicting pain on children for the sake of discipline and humiliation. That’s probably an understatement as some states use varying definitions of permissible force in schools or don’t address corporal punishment

March 2, 2021

12 Things New Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Can Do to Promote Gender Equity

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Dr. Miguel Cardona to be the new Secretary of Education (goodbye forever, Betsy DeVos!). We’re heartened to see that Dr. Cardona grew up as a public school student and English learner and also served as a classroom teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and state education commissioner. And we were particularly glad to hear him say at his confirmation hearing, in response to

March 1, 2021

Honoring Our Rage This Women’s History Month

There’s lots of reasons to be really, really pissed this Women’s History Month. We’re a year into a devastating, unprecedented pandemic, experiencing the fallout of a summer uprising for Black lives wherein white supremacy continues to threaten our

December 5, 2019

Here’s Why We Won’t Clap for Every Woman in Leadership: On the Confirmation of Extremist Sarah Pitlyk

Madeline Albright famously said, “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” While supporting women leadership is important, it’s equally important to call-out behavior that is harmful to women, even if

February 23, 2021

Why I’m Celebrating Black History, Not Just Black Trauma

While February is observed to highlight Black history, the reality is we are Black—and therefore celebrate our Blackness—365 days a year, and of course 366 days on a leap year. Blackness is not a synonym for trauma, but so

February 18, 2021

It’s Not Really About Work

One of the important components of the American Rescue Plan is the temporary expansion of refundable tax credits like the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Expanding refundable tax credits is a

February 16, 2021

The COVID Relief Package Must Include Much-Needed Tax Credit Expansions for Women & Families

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced its plan to temporarily expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as part of the House’s COVID relief package. These federal income tax credits provide vital income support to families, lifting millions of people out of poverty every year. Improving these

February 16, 2021

Stop Using Girl Athletes to Justify Your Transphobia

Almost 50 years since Title IX was passed into law—mandating the equal treatment of boys and girls in school athletics—young women and girls still face barriers their male counterparts do not. While the rate of girls

February 11, 2021

#FreeBritney…and All Women.

We Deserve a Podcast: Pop culture is definitely, absolutely tied to gender justice so you should feel very fine indulging yourself any and all celebrity gossip, in fact you’ll be a better feminist if you do.  We are back—and notably

February 10, 2021

Why Collecting Data Is So Important for Advancing Equity

On January 20th, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity. The EO creates an initiative to advance equity and equal opportunity across government agencies and programs. As part of this initiative, the Equitable Data Working

February 1, 2021

We Can’t Afford a Relief Package That Is Too Small

A group of Senate Republicans sent a letter to President Biden yesterday, stating that they are working on a counterproposal to the COVID relief legislation that is currently being developed. The letter indicated that the package they would

January 27, 2021

The EITC Is a Lifeline for Women of Color and Their Families, but It Could Do More

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, named for the refundable federal tax credit that boosts the incomes of low- and moderate-income working people and their families. The size of a person’s EITC credit depends on income level and how many eligible children they claim, with a maximum value of $6,660 for