Keeping Score: Rest in Power, Madeleine Albright; Shalanda Young Is First Black Woman to Lead OMB; State Policies Threaten Trans Kids


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

Lest We Neglect

“Proper now, the future of our nation is being determined. The future of our folks, whether or not Ukrainians might be free, whether or not they’ll be capable of protect their democracy. Russia has attacked not simply us, not simply our land, our cities. It went on a brutal offensive towards our values. Primary human values. Towards our freedom, our proper to reside freely, selecting our personal future. Towards our need for happiness, towards our nationwide desires. …

In the long run, to be the chief of the world means to be the chief of peace. Peace in your nation doesn’t rely solely on you and your folks. It is determined by these subsequent to you, on those that are robust. Sturdy doesn’t imply weak. Sturdy is courageous and able to battle for his residents as residents of the world. For human rights. For freedom. The fitting to reside decently and die when your time comes and never when determined by someone else.”

—Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressing the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, March 16 from Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital metropolis. He pled with U.S. Congress members to ship extra support and assist a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

A professional-E.U. rally in Kiev on Nov. 26, 2013. (Ivan Bandura / Flickr)

“I believe we’ll see a whole lot of unsafe abortions and girls dying. … Each totalitarian regime has shut down entry to reproductive well being. … Doing abortions issues for the lady, for her household, for society and now for freedom.”

—Dr. Warren Hern, an American doctor dedicated to making sure authorized abortion entry, on the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade by upcoming Supreme Court docket ruling.

“For many years, Black and Brown folks have been penalized for sporting pure hair types deemed as ‘unprofessional.’ It’s unacceptable to be discriminated towards for sporting your pure hair within the office, at school, or anyplace.

Rep. Watson Coleman, Rep. Pressley, Rep. Omar, Rep. Moore, and I’ve taken direct intention at prohibiting race-based hair discrimination as a result of everybody ought to be capable of present up as their genuine selves and be handled with respect. I’m happy that the CROWN Act has as soon as once more handed the Home. It’s time for the Senate to complete the job and make it legislation.”

—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on the passage of the CROWN Act within the U.S. Home—laws which, if handed by the Senate, will prohibit discrimination based mostly on one’s pure hair texture or ethnic hairstyles.

“We’re but once more being compelled to guard the work we do and present up for Texans who want abortions and the individuals who love them. We received’t be harassed or intimidated out of serving our neighborhood, within the courts or anyplace else. We’re proud to battle again, even when we have now no alternative.”

—Lilith Fund government director Amanda Beatriz Williams announcing joint legal action with the Texas Equal Entry Fund towards anti-abortion extremists in Texas who’re suing people on the premise of S.B. 8.

“This can be a essential difficulty for reproductive well being, rights and justice. Regardless of a long time of confirmed security and effectiveness, folks nonetheless face immense boundaries to getting contraception resulting from systemic inequities in our healthcare system. These boundaries are disproportionately borne by folks of coloration, immigrants, LGBTQ+ folks, low-income people, younger folks, and folks in rural communities—people who’ve confronted and proceed to face the best inequities. FDA has an vital position to play in eradicating pointless boundaries to supply people larger management over their reproductive lives and well being.”

—U.S. legislators, together with Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.), in a letter pushing the FDA to think about making contraception tablets out there over-the-counter.


+ Madeleine Albright, the primary girl U.S. secretary of state, died of most cancers on Wednesday, Mar. 23. She was 84 years outdated. She served many roles within the government department all through her storied profession, together with President Invoice Clinton’s ambassador to the United Nations and later his secretary of state.

“There appears to be sufficient room on the earth for mediocre males, however not for mediocre ladies, and we actually must work very, very arduous,” Albright once said.

+ U.N. Secretary-Common António Guterres’s dedication to gender equality grade decreased in rating from a “B” to a “B-” in 2021, in response to the Feminist U.N. Marketing campaign’s newest report.

The Feminist U.N. Marketing campaign’s report authors stated they docked factors for Guterres’s systemic accountability, inconsistent transparency with info and entry, and a restricted understanding or push for intersectionality in gender initiatives. (Courtesy of ICRW)

During the last 5 years, the Feminist U.N. Campaign, spearheaded by the Worldwide Heart for Analysis on Ladies, has graded the secretary-general’s efficiency towards a feminist imaginative and prescient for the United Nations.

In 2020, the SG obtained a ‘B,’ his highest grade to this point—reflecting, most notably, his management on gender equality amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of ICRW)

+ A program initiated by the Biden administration prolonged momentary protected standing to greater than 74,000 Afghan refugees within the U.S. as of March 15, permitting them to stay within the nation legally for at the very least 18 extra months.

+ Shalanda Younger is the first Black woman to steer the White Home Workplace of Administration and Funds after being confirmed by the Senate 61-36 on Tuesday, March 15.

+ Katalin Novák turned the first female president of Hungary after beating out her opposition with 137-51 votes. Following her win, she referred to as the Russian invasion of Ukraine “unacceptable.”

+ Whereas reporting on the invasion of Ukraine, U.S. video journalist Brent Renaud was killed throughout battle in a Kyiv suburb. Ukrainian inside ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko stated in a press release that Renaud “sacrificed his life making an attempt to indicate the insidiousness, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor.”

+ Following a transferring speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Joe Biden granted Ukraine $800 million extra for safety towards Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

“The world is united in our assist for Ukraine and our willpower to make (Russian President Vladimir) Putin pay a really heavy worth,” Biden stated, signing a presidential memorandum on the White Home. “America is main this effort, along with our allies and companions, offering an unlimited degree of safety and humanitarian help that we’re including to in the present day and we’re going to proceed to do extra within the days and weeks forward.”

+ A bill to be launched by Democratic California legislators would supply protected haven for households of transgender youth liable to being separated or prosecuted as a result of the kid’s dad and mom supported them in acquiring gender-affirming care.

+ After Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) directed state authorities to research gender-affirming care as baby abuse towards transgender youth, state district Decide Amy Clark Meachum blocked it on Friday, March 11 in Travis County in response to the investigation of a state worker’s household beneath Abbott’s directive.

+ Missouri state Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) launched laws that may enable people to sue residents for acquiring abortions in other states, a technique impressed by Texas’s S.B. 8.

One other bill modeled after Texas’s ban handed the Idaho legislature and threatens to ban abortion after six weeks if signed by the governor. It could additionally enable shut family of the pregnant particular person, together with the fetus’s father, to sue abortion suppliers.

+ The Colorado Home handed the Reproductive Health Equity Act on Monday, March 14, which make sure that “each particular person has a basic proper to make use of or refuse contraception; each pregnant particular person has a basic proper to proceed the being pregnant and provides beginning or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus doesn’t have unbiased or spinoff rights beneath the legal guidelines of the state.”

How We’re Doing

+ Gender-affirming look after greater than 58,000 transgender people over age 13 is on the road on account of bans and insurance policies in 15 states, UCLA’s Williams Institute found. Half of the payments prohibit using insurance coverage protection or state funds to cowl the price of care.

+ Ladies journalists across the phrase have been detained, harassed, sued, threatened and assaulted 33 occasions within the month of February, according to the Coalition for Ladies in Journalism’s Press Freedom Standing for Ladies Journalists report.

+ A survey revealed that folks of coloration have been undercounted within the 2020 U.S. census by about 700,000, with Hispanic folks undercounted by 5 p.c and Black People by 3.3 p.c.

“…The 2020 census undercounted lots of the identical inhabitants teams we have now traditionally undercounted, and it overcounted others,” Census Bureau director Robert Santos stated, regardless of calling the 2020 census “match for a lot of makes use of in decision-making.”

+ People are largely supportive of Supreme Court docket nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson in her Senate affirmation hearings, with 44 p.c of survey respondents hoping the Senate votes in her favor, and solely 20 p.c opposed.

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Court docket, Congress and the White Home know: We won’t surrender the proper to protected, authorized, accessible abortion.

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