August 3, 2020

Women Are Counting on Congress to #Savethe600 in Expanded Unemployment Insurance

Time has run out on the critical $600 weekly unemployment benefit created through the CARES Act, and if Congress doesn’t act soon to save it, women and families struggling the most to survive in this pandemic will lose billions of dollars.   The latest Senate Republican unemployment insurance proposal is not only administratively impossible, but it is

August 3, 2020

4 Ways Mitch McConnell’s Stimulus Package Fails Already Marginalized Students

In May, the House passed the HEROES act, the latest bill responding to the COVID pandemic. HEROES isn’t perfect, but it’s a fine start. After waiting two months and rejecting HEROES without so much as a vote, Senator Mitch McConnell released the GOP’s response to HEROES and the

July 31, 2020

To Protect Girls of Color, Get Rid of School Police and Invest in Mental Health Counselors

Students in K-12 public schools are under tremendous stress because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions on households, and even before a public health and economic crisis, 77% of school-aged girls reported that they wanted access to crisis counselors. Instead, school districts and

July 27, 2020

The Real MVP of June Medical: The Lower Court Judge

Last month, the Supreme Court, in June Medical Services v. Russo, struck down a Louisiana law that imposed a medically unnecessary and burdensome requirement on abortion providers. As a Louisiana native, this ruling means a lot

July 27, 2020

Senate Republicans Are Trying to Cut All the Benefits in the Next COVID Package.

We are in a moment to question Senate Republicans’ priorities. Not only are they content to allow millions of people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic to lose key unemployment benefits starting this

July 23, 2020

What’s Trust Got to Do with It?

Recently, while summarizing the research that I have completed over the past few months examining gaps in anti-poverty programs, a colleague asked me why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a block grant for some U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and American Samoa. At the time, I didn’t have an answer other than, well

July 23, 2020

What Does Abolitionist Activism Mean for Early Childhood Policies?

“Defund the Police! Refund the People!” We are hearing these demands from protesters across the country in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black lives taken at the hands

July 16, 2020

The Tax Relief We Need in the Next COVID-19 Package

Next week, Senate Majority Leader McConnell is expected to release Senate Republicans’ proposal for the next COVID-19 relief package. Earlier this week, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow confirmed that another package was imminent, and stated

July 14, 2020

NWLC files Amicus Brief Opposing Sexist Dress Code

It’s no secret: NWLC is opposed to sexist and racist dress codes. We’ve detailed how dress codes harm Black girls, and have written many, many times about the discriminatory impact of dress codes that promote unacceptable

July 13, 2020

Next Senate Relief Bill May Include More Direct Payments. But That’s Not Enough.

Press reports recently indicated that Senate Republicans are considering including a second round of direct payments to individuals in their draft of the next COVID relief package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested limiting those

July 9, 2020

Pregnancy and Abortion Access Déjà Vu

Almost two years ago, in the last trimester of my first pregnancy, I sat down to write a blog about Brett Kavanaugh, who, at the time, was a nominee to the Supreme Court. His nomination and confirmation hearings, particularly what his judgeship and a more

July 8, 2020

State of Uncertainty: SCOTUS Decision on DACA

Three years ago, the Trump administration announced its intention to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program brought hints of normalcy and stability to the lives of 700,000 individuals, including myself. That