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Motherhood news and analysis from The Nation
April 13, 2021
How Antidiscrimination Law Fails Black Mothers
Title VII’s short period for filing a complaint harms one of the very populations the law is meant to protect: pregnant or nursing mothers—especially mothers of color.
March 3, 2021
I Would Not, Could Not, Read Those Books to Kids!
Dr. Seuss Enterprises was absolutely right to ditch six racist Seuss books—and no, that's not cancel culture in action.
February 10, 2020
Rep. Katie Porter Wants to Make It Easier for Single Moms Like Her to Serve in Congress
Despite the record gains by female candidates in the 2018 midterms, women still make up just 24 percent of Congress. Without a structural solution, says Porter, that won’t change.
July 1, 2019
The Philosophical Origins of Patriarchy
Plato, Hippocrates, and Aristotle laid the foundations on which centuries of sexism were built.
March 27, 2019
As a Black Mother, My Parenting Is Always Political
To care for, protect, and prepare our children for adulthood, black moms cannot merely accept the world as it is.
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December 4, 2018
Tarana Burke Talks About How to Support Survivors—When They’re Your Kids
The founder of the #MeToo movement has guidance for how parents can make their children feel safe talking about sexual assault and trauma.
August 20, 2018
The News in Motherhood: the Good, the Bad, the WTF
All around the world, mothers and pregnant women are undervalued, discriminated against, and punished.
January 18, 2018
Serena Williams Could Insist That Doctors Listen to Her. Most Black Women Can’t.
We can’t solve America’s maternal-health problem without first acknowledging how racism harms black moms.
Elizabeth Dawes Gay
May 9, 2017
This Mother’s Day, Black Lives Matter Activists Will Give More Than 30 Women Their Freedom
These women are in jail not because they’ve been convicted of a crime but because they can’t pay to get back to their lives as they await trial.
March 2, 2017
My-King Johnson Is the First Openly Gay Scholarship Football Player in History
His story represents the future of LGBT athletes.