Black Women in America Really Do Work Harder for Less, New Report Shows
06/07/2017 | Nora Caplan-Bricker | Slate
It’s a familiar adage that black Americans have to work twice as hard to get half as far as their white counterparts—and that black women, oppressed by the intersecting forces of sexism and racism, have to struggle even more. Now, a sweeping new report from the nonprofit Institute for Women’s Policy Research, funded by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, provides the data to back this up.
Modern-Day Slaves: Filipina Labor Trafficking Survivors Tell Their Own Stories
05/26/2017 | Lena Solow | Broadly
The internet was abuzz last week when the late Alex Tizon's piece "My Family's Slave" appeared in the Atlantic. Spanning Tizon's whole life, the article told his version of the story of Eudocia "Lola" Tomas Polido, a woman his family enslaved, first in the Philippines and then in the United States. Though some found the piece resonant, praising it as a courageous personal exploration, critics were quick to point out that Tizon seemed to be absolving himself of culpability, and also taking...
There has been a flood of response to Tizon's article, and The Atlantic has followed up with two good ones, one by Ai-Jen Poo, a MacArthur "Genius" fellow, whose work centers on domestic workers' rights. And another by Vann Newkirk II, an Atlantic staff writer, which argues that liberation is a long-term process: "Enslaved people are not so much set free as they are made free..." On our own podcast this week, Shereen and Gene talk to Alex Tizon's widow about how he felt about finally airing...