Keeping Score: Guns Are the Leading Cause of Child Deaths; Oklahoma Bans All Abortions; 80% Of Jailed U.S. Women Are Mothers


In each concern of Ms., we observe analysis on our progress within the struggle for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and maintain tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score on-line, too—in on this biweekly round-up.

Lest We Overlook

“For 20 years of my diplomatic profession I’ve seen totally different turns of our overseas coverage, however by no means have I been so ashamed of my nation as on February 24 of this 12 months. The aggressive conflict unleashed by Putin in opposition to Ukraine, and actually in opposition to your complete Western world, is just not solely a criminal offense in opposition to the Ukrainian folks, but additionally, maybe, essentially the most severe crime in opposition to the folks of Russia, with a daring letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a affluent free society in our nation. …

I studied to be a diplomat and have been a diplomat for 20 years. The Ministry has change into my dwelling and household. However I merely can not any longer share on this bloody, witless and completely pointless ignominy.”

—Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev in posts to LinkedIn and Fb, who resigned from his submit in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Too many moms and dads in America know the anguish of their baby not coming dwelling from faculty as a result of their younger life was lower brief by preventable gun violence, and nonetheless too many extra kids, their households, and their academics dwell with the inevitable trauma after these atrocities happen. Any response to this tragedy wanting voting for frequent sense gun security laws is a slap within the face to the dad and mom who misplaced their kids in Uvalde, and to folks in every single place who worry that once they ship their kids to high school every morning, they could not return dwelling.”

—The Democratic Ladies’s Caucus in a statement on the taking pictures at Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde, Texas.

“The most important false impression, I believe, is the rationale I transitioned. Individuals will say, ‘Oh, she simply transitioned so she would have a bonus, so she may win.’ I transitioned to be joyful, to be true to myself. … Trans ladies competing in ladies’s sports activities doesn’t threaten ladies’s sports activities as a complete. Trans ladies are a really small minority of all athletes. The NCAA guidelines relating to trans ladies competing in ladies’s sports activities have been round for 10-plus years. And we haven’t seen any huge wave of trans ladies dominating. …

Having seen such hateful assaults on trans rights via laws, combating for trans rights and trans equality is one thing that I’ve change into rather more captivated with and wish to pursue.”

—College of Pennsylvania swimmer and nationwide champion Lia Thomas responding to criticism of her participation in sports activities as a transgender ladies.


+ Wednesday, June 1, marked the start of Pleasure Month, meant to commemorate LGBTQ+ historical past—together with the anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion on June 28—and have a good time and uplift queer and trans communities. You will discover a calendar of consciousness days and parades here.

+ A panel commissioned by Congress to rededicate military bases named after Accomplice officers really useful 9 new names, together with these of a number of ladies and other people of coloration.

+ A invoice signed by Governor Kevin Stitt (R) made Oklahoma the first U.S. state to ban all entry to abortion procedures, throughout any stage of being pregnant. H.B. 4327, very like Texas’s S.B. 8, permits personal residents to file civil lawsuits in opposition to anybody who “aids or abets” in an abortion. The ban spans your complete period of being pregnant, however consists of few exceptions for life-threatening pregnancies and reported situations of rape or incest.

“Proper now it seems like abortion clinics in Oklahoma have targets on their again,” mentioned Tulsa Ladies’s Clinic administrator Andrea Gallegos.

+ Launched by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Norma Torres (D-Calif.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), the Stealthing Act of 2022 and Consent is Key Act would ensure that survivors of stealthing—nonconsensual condom removing—are entitled to pursue civil damages. The payments had been impressed by comparable California laws handed in 2021.

“Stealthing is a grave violation of autonomy, dignity, and belief that’s thought-about emotional and sexual abuse,” Maloney mentioned. “Congress has an obligation to handle stealthing on the federal degree and permit survivors to carry people who have stealthed them accountable. Stealthing is a horrific act of sexual violence and have to be put to an finish.”

An attendee at SlutWalk in Washington, D.C., in August 2012. (Ben Schumin / Flickr)

+ A number of solid and crew members who labored with No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga report situations of inappropriate behavior on set, such because the 44-year-old pursuing and objectifying ladies as younger as 18.

“It was humiliating for me as a result of I attempted to fall beneath the radar,” mentioned a crew member who endured sexual advances by Fukanaga. “I consider fully that he was abusing his energy. It’s actually uncomfortable. It’s horrible. … The one motive I allowed it to go on that lengthy is as a result of I’m completely nervous about my profession.” 

+ A brand new U.S. quarter will characteristic Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first feminine principal chief from 1985 to 1995. To the left of Mankiller, the coin will embody the Cherokee seven-pointed star.

(U.S. Mint)

+ Stockholm+50, a world assembly convened by the U.N. Normal Meeting, was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 2-3. Recommendations issued by the Ladies’s Earth & Local weather Motion Community Worldwide previous to the Stockholm+50 convention spotlight the distinctive affect of local weather change on ladies globally. WECAN champions electing ladies to political workplace, and urges authorities to finish fossil gasoline growth in addition to defend Indigenous folks’s rights to land and management.

+ Well being facilities in Florida are filing a lawsuit once more the state’s H.B. 5, which might imprison suppliers for performing abortion procedures after 15 weeks.

“Not solely does HB 5 defy the need of the folks, it ignores the true life circumstances of people that want an abortion and intentionally places them in hurt’s approach,” mentioned ACLU of Florida authorized director Daniel Tilley. “With the U.S. Supreme Court docket threatening to remove the federal proper to abortion, we are going to do every thing in our energy to dam this merciless assault on Floridians’ basic proper to get the care they want.”

How We’re Doing

+ After Justice Samuel Alito’s draft choice overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked publicly, ads associated to abortion hit 20,000 airings in one week, as in contrast with a median of solely 2,000 airings per week earlier within the 12 months.

+ Over 11 percent of women in the U.K. between the ages of 16 and 24 establish as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual or different, based on an annual survey by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. ONS has been gathering information on sexuality since 2014, and 2020 was the primary 12 months that greater than 10 % of younger ladies recognized as queer.

+ In 2020, firearms had been the leading cause of death amongst adolescents ages 1–19, with firearm-related deaths amongst kids rising 29.5 % in only one 12 months.

“Main Causes of Dying amongst Kids and Adolescents in the USA, 1999 via 2020.” (The New England Journal of Medication)

+ In a departure from previous polling outcomes, younger Individuals views on abortion vastly differ from these of older generations. Of 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed, about three-fourths assume abortion ought to be authorized, as in contrast with simply 54 % of Individuals over age 65.

+ Separated from their kids, 58 % of ladies in U.S. prisons and 80 % of ladies in jails are moms. Roughly 58,000 pregnant individuals are imprisoned annually, based on the Prison Policy Initiative.

+ A seven-part regional assessment of ladies displaced within the Russia-Ukraine battle reveals sexual and labor exploitation to be chief considerations. Whereas humanitarian organizations are persevering with to supply assist, some teams and people provide housing or medical care with intent to sexually site visitors or acquire free labor.

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