A study comparing infants of college-educated mothers found that rates of infant mortality and low birthweight were twice as high for Black infants compared to white infants. Additionally, Black infants were three times as likely to die from causes attributable to perinatal events. A different study observed similar disparities even when controlling for socioeconomic status. […]
Reproductive Health and Its Racist Origins
CW: nonconsensual experimentation, exploitation, & sexual abuse of enslaved people; forced sterilization J. Marion Sims, commonly referred to as the “father of modern gynecology,” owned slaves. Not only did he enslave people, but the bodies of those he enslaved were also the bodies that he experimented on–without anesthesia. One Black woman, Anarcha, was operated on […]
The Black Maternal Mortality Rate: A Fatal Side Effect of Racism
Black women in America are four times times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than white women. In New York City, this number rises to twelve. Not only are Black mothers more likely to experience increased rates of preterm delivery, infertility, and maternal mortality, but Black infants are twice as likely to die […]
If I Were a Rich Man: Rent Strikes as a Response to COVID-19
Join Feminist Majority Foundation intern Serena Saunders each week in If I Were a Rich Man as she explores the topic of money–as it relates to feminism–to provide young people with the information and resources they need to survive, thrive, and fight economic injustices. This week, Serena’s exploring rent strikes as a powerful tool to […]
Sex Work is Work: COVID-19’s Impact on the Sex Industry
How Does COVID-19 Affect Sex Workers? As the number of COVID-19 cases rapidly increases and most public places have closed due to social distancing, the livelihoods of sex workers are at risk. Sex workers cite that they have lost thousands of dollars due to cancelled conferences, travel restrictions, and clients’ fears of being in public […]
It’s Earth Day. It’s Also Time to Talk About Climate Change’s Role in Causing Pandemics.
The emergence of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China and its rapid development into a global crisis has augmented existing research about disease outbreaks and their spread. For some time, public health and climate science researchers have been asking: how do we prevent diseases jumping from animals to humans? And, in an increasingly interconnected world, how do […]
Coronavirus School Closures–What Now?
COVID-19, the respiratory illness rampaging through the U.S., is now at nearly 600,000 reported cases nationwide with a national death toll topping 20,000. According to the CDC, the virus spreads from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets (via coughing or sneezing) and close contact between people within about six feet. Precautionary measures have been […]
If I Were a Rich Man:
Coronavirus Can’t Be a Cover for Union Busting
Join Feminist Majority Foundation intern Serena Saunders each week in If I Were a Rich Man as she explores the topic of money–as it relates to feminism–to provide young people with the information and resources they need to survive, thrive, and fight economic injustices. This week, Serena’s discussing how some employers are using COVID-19 as […]
The Stimulus Bill Isn’t Enough.
It’s Time to Demand More.
Just two weeks ago, the Trump administration signed into law the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history. The package, dubbed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, is set to inject a desperately needed $2 trillion into the economy to curb the effects of the pandemic. Media outlets have praised the CARES […]
States are Abusing the Coronavirus Pandemic to Restrict Reproductive Justice
Sexual and reproductive health care has long been a contentious topic throughout the United States. Placing much of the world on pause, the recent global COVID-19 outbreak has unfortunately allowed for assaults on reproductive rights and health to accelerate. The COVID-19 public health concerns have been a convenient pretense for anti-choice states to push unconstitutional […]