Motherhood is the leading cause of poverty for single women, and my mother was no exception. The problem is that we’ve come to accept this as the status quo when someone chooses to mother outside our cultural norm of marriage. However, my mother did get married. She did the best she could as a single mom after my father was incarcerated. If you’re like she was—with a couple of kids, an incarcerated husband, no high school education or any extended family support and immersed in a culture obsessed with pathologizing black mothers—it’s going to be hard to convince people you deserve anything other than their absolute disgust…Luckily, my mother was able to get her GED and later secure a…stable job with a pension. She worked for a long time and took advantage of employment-based training that helped her become a technician. She eventually did well for herself and retired to Florida. My mother benefited from a good economy, access to affordable housing programs, food stamps and training programs. Today, many of those same programs and jobs don’t exist or have been heavily cut. There are few safety nets. Since the recession, one of our biggest policy mistakes has been laying off government workers. Those jobs used to be the path out of poverty for poor and working-class families. There’s no clear plan that will bring those jobs back.
On Wednesday, Obama announced that Rice would be getting a new position as National Security Adviser; she will replace Tom Donilon. Samantha Power will take her job at the U.N. He called Rice “outstanding” and Power “a relentless advocate for American interests and values”…It is striking to see two women, both in their forties, both with young children, fill these roles at the same time, although other women have held the jobs before: Jeane Kirkpatrick and Condoleezza Rice, who, like Hillary Clinton, became Secretary of State.
In addition to his focus on the labor movement, Jones…attends particularly to the role of black women’s clubs and sororities as they grappled with sexism. While King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the audio through which the March is remembered, Jones’s carefully documented…account of the conflicts and compromises that it took to get there, and what remains to be done if the “dream” is to be fulfilled, offers the realities behind the rhetoric.
I kept thinking that if this were a movie, the extras would never have been cast with this much diversity. Yet here it was in real life…Wharton is arguably releasing the world’s future CEOs and other business leaders into the world. This is a group often identified as coinciding with Republican party ideals, and yet, as seen in the 2012 election, the GOP has a long way to go in attracting the votes of nonwhite citizens and women who are swayed by concerns other than their tax liabilities. If the Wharton graduation is any indicator, the face of business in America might be changing, and political powers would do well to take note.
Like Tyler Perry’s oeuvre (with which it shares a histrionic streak), Scandal’s place in black popular culture is way outsized because of the paucity of other black faces in their ecosystem. The work of Perry and [Shonda] Rhimes becomes shorthand for Where Black America Is Today. But where Perry’s work is deeply polarizing, in part, because of his apparent distrust of career-oriented women, Scandal’s popularity is fueled by the many professional black women who, like Olivia, are less likely to be Firsts (but may be still Onlys). They are ambitious and careerist and hypercompetent and well-compensated and unapologetic about all of it.
‘…women were depicted on a higher percentage of covers from 1954-1965 than from 2000-2011.” For their research, published in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, [they] looked at 716 SI covers from January 2000 through June 2011. They excluded the annual swimsuit issue, “as its focus is not on sports performance per se.” While they found considerable variation from year to year, the total added up to a…35 covers, or 4.9 percent of the total. A grand total of 11 featured women of color. The imbalance looms even larger as you dig further into the numbers.
People from other countries—when traveling through this one—sometimes toss my friends and me looks. They are usually dressed according to the guide book—long skirts, high neck t-shirts, anything to look like they’re not inviting trouble. Whereas, we’re in shorts, tank tops, even the more conservative among us pick skinny jeans and floaty tops. How to explain to these women that it’s not a local-versus-tourist double standard; they could just as easily get raped as us, but we simply refuse to hide?