June 25, 2019

The Life-Saving Importance of LGBTQ Role Models

“I don’t think we should treat gay people badly or anything. But.” My student paused. He was polite, not wanting to offend, but also very certain about what he said next: “They are going to hell.”

June 24, 2019

Tax Credits and Child Care – House Committee Approves Supports For Women and Families

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced several bills that would make remarkable investments in women and families. Specifically, the Committee approved a bill, sponsored by Chairman Richard Neal, that would significantly improve tax

June 24, 2019

Queer Representation Matters, and Not Just on TV

Growing up, queer representation in media, and particularly on television, allowed me to expand my imagination, to see myself as anything other than straight. It’s what allowed—encouraged, actually — me to reevaluate my needs and myself.

June 20, 2019

In Search of My Own Lady Bird: Coming of Age as the Daughter of an Immigrant

Growing up, I didn’t understand why my family life felt so different from my friends’. I felt like I had just gotten unlucky, like some act of God had made it so everyone’s mom allowed them

June 19, 2019

Celebrating My Immigrant History and Queer Identity

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month. Much like the lives of queer or immigrant folks, these months intersect in ways that make us uniquely us, carrying both our stories of immigration and our relationship

June 19, 2019

6 Ways the Trump Administration Is Promoting Discrimination in Health Care

The Trump Administration wants to legalize discrimination in health care. Yes, you read that correctly. The Health Care Rights Law, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, is a groundbreaking civil rights statute that makes

June 18, 2019

It’s Past Time: Tipped Workers Need One Fair Wage

My sister and I grew up on the Texas border. She worked in cool restaurants all through high school and college, meeting new people and serving hip drinks. Back in 2001, she was making $2.13 an

June 11, 2019

Extremist Anti-Abortion Laws are Undermining Legislative Progress in States

As state legislative sessions wrap up, states, in many ways, continue to be at the forefront of advancing laws that support working families and create the equitable workplaces and communities that women need. However, it seems

June 7, 2019

Happy Friday: Working Families Tax Relief Act Introduced in the House

Here’s a little good news for your Friday. You may recall that back in April, Senators Brown, Bennet, Durbin and Wyden introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act – a little piece of legislation that would

June 7, 2019

How Did Women Workers Fare? Breaking Down BLS’s May Report

May was a big month for women workers, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly employment report. Although job growth stalled – the economy added just 75,000 jobs compared to the 151,000 average over the

June 7, 2019

Asking the Wrong Questions: Abortion, Child Care, and the Narrative of Shame

“Shamed no matter which decision I made.” Those were the harrowing words of H.K. Gray, a young mother who overcame multiple hurdles to get an abortion, as she testified before Congress recently. And those words stuck

June 4, 2019

Abortion Bans Are an Attack on Women’s Economic Security

Let’s be clear: the attacks on abortion in states like Alabama and Missouri are direct attacks on our economic security. The ability to control if, when, and how to have children is at the core of