#LetHerLearn, The Fight for $15, and Tiffany Haddish

September 13, 2017

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Here’s our pick of news, writing, and research this week that investigates political questions at the intersections of gender, race, and region.

1. Women Are More at Risk From Disasters Like Hurricane Harvey
John Haltiwanger for Newsweek: “‘Every stage of disaster—preparation, impact, recovery—happens in ways that reinforce our raced, classed and gendered experiences…. It’s not as simple as some people being more competent or resilient to survive disaster. It’s that those people have often been structurally enabled to have more resources to work with,’ Luft says.”

2. LGBTQ ‘dreamers’ are particularly vulnerable as DACA winds down. Here’s why.
Corinne Segal for PBS: “LGBTQ ‘dreamers’ say the program allowed them to gain a foothold in a country where they already face high rates of economic insecurity and inconsistent protection under the law. Now that it’s rolled back, experts say LGBTQ ‘dreamers’ are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, mistreatment and hate crimes, in the U.S. as well as their countries of origin.”

3. The Remarkable Rise of Tiffany Haddish
Michael P. Jeffries for The Atlantic: “Haddish’s ascent in recent years…is a testament to her talent and resilience. But her story also offers insight into what it takes for a black woman in comedy to become successful today. Haddish’s rise points to where systemic roadblocks still lie for performers of color, particularly women, when they first enter the business—and how some barriers to entry may be falling as comedy enters a new golden age, with fewer gatekeepers and more platforms for artists to reach their fans.”

4. Why the Fight for $15 Matters for the Millennial Generation, and for All Women
Neera Tanden for TeenVogue: “The intersectional impact of the Fight for $15 reflects a larger trend in the 21st century labor movement. Today, a new generation of American workers is reshaping the identity of our country’s unions. They understand that raising the minimum wage and strengthening workers’ rights are inextricably linked with other progressive causes — from advancing racial justice, to reforming our immigration system, and ensuring that women finally receive equal pay.”

5. Combating Sexual Violence to #LetHerLearn

Sabrina Joy Stevens for National Women’s Law Center: “In our Let Her Learn reports, we found that more than one in five young girls experiences sexual assault before her eighteenth birthday, with even higher rates among girls of color, girls who are pregnant and parenting, girls who are homeless or who are living in foster care, girls in the juvenile justice system, and LGBTQ youth. In other words, the victimization statistics many find shocking among college students also hold for students far younger than that — which means that if educators and communities wait until college to educate young people about issues of consent and sexual violence, they are far too late.”