POLICY BRIEFS

CHILD CARE

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"The United States has significant gendered, racial, and ethnic disparities in who has access to child care assistance and also who is employed within the field. The concept of “child care” has been synonymous with “women’s work” for much of the nation’s history, and for generations has often been specifically relegated to women of color. Very few types of work were seen as..."

GENDER EQUITY

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"In prior generations, the argument seemed to be simply for gender equality – an end goal in which men’s and women’s rights and opportunities would not depend on whether they are born male or female. But we’re still a long way from reaching that goal, and gender equity is the means by which we can reach it. Gender equity means fairness of treatment for men and women..."

VOTER ENGAGEMENT

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"Alabama has a long legacy of racial discrimination and voter intimidation. The passage of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870 declared citizens (men) would be allowed to vote without regard to race, color, or history of their own slavery. In response, Alabama, along with other Southern states, imposed a type of poll tax on its residents in an effort to suppress Black votes..."

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

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"Black and brown citizens are no strangers to racism – they have encountered it for generations in housing, employment, and education. But there is another factor that people of color must also grapple with: environmental racism. No one wants a landfill or factory in their neighborhood, yet corporations, regulatory agencies, and local planning and zoning boards often find it easier..."