With presidential primaries in full swing, each state stands to enjoy a moment in the spotlight. As riveting as the recent political theatrics have been, the campaign season also underscores just how many important decisions are made at the state level. From education to health care to workplace policy to environmental protection (our main focus at [...]
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There are two stories to tell in Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania. One is a heroic story worthy of a book or movie deal. Chester Upland, a poor and predominantly minority district, is a long way from Hollywood, but it does have a star in Sara Ferguson.
Digital Bootstraps for Analog Problems — A Reply to Forbes Columnist Gene Marks’ “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”Posted December 22nd, 2011 by Cynthia Liu
A truly clueless if well-intentioned column by Gene Marks titled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” in Forbes magazine is getting righteously ripped from journalists all around the web. They’re correctly pointing out how bereft Marks’ column is of history, research, practical awareness, racial sensitivity, or the sheer realities of hunger or even homelessness [...]
It’s been easy for people worried about the sexualization of little girls to feel unambivalently distressed about Miley Cyrus as Disney’s Hannah Montana. But how should we feel about her now that she’s made this great music video about Occupy protests around the world?
This article originally appeared at The Women’s Media Center. The documentary shown on Oprah’s OWN network takes on the disparagement of women and girls in the media in a comprehensive way. Marianne Schnall talks to “Miss Representation” filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Jennifer Siebel Newsom We tend to pay attention to negative media treatment of women [...]
If you peruse the latest list of Fortune 500 CEOs, it’s easy to notice what they have in common: there are almost no women among them. In fact, women lead only 12 of the FORTUNE 500 companies, down from 15 the previous year. Couple that with the fact that there are only 17 female Senators, [...]
On Wednesday morning, a faceoff between kids’ health and the food industry will reach a months-long culmination. CEOs from some of the biggest food companies in the world will show up to say they should not be held accountable—even by voluntary, science-based guidelines—for the foods they market to kids. Think they have our kids’ best [...]
A Canadian couple’s decision to keep their infant’s sex from the world at large seems less weird when one consider’s the harms done by the marketing industry’s sexualization of young children
The controversy brewing over a new breastfeeding doll soon to be sold in the United States reminds me of the bru-ha-ha about Teletubbies when Jerry Falwell accused Tinky Winky of being gay. People rightfully upset about homophobia came to the support of the show, misguidedly defending the goodness of Teletubbies—which was being marketed, falsely, as [...]
The brave sweating educators and parents at the rally were protesting a growing cancer on education – the bulbous growth in standardized testing. The politicians on both sides of the aisle are out of control on this one.