This Women's History Month, Asha Banerjee and Rosa García write about their respective grandmother and mother to accentuate the power and necessity of postsecondary education for women, particularly women of color.
Ten years ago today, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of health care for economic and physical wellbeing. It is especially important to make known the successes of the ACA, especially during the critical time our country is now facing.
Any coronavirus response and economic stimulus package must focus on people with low incomes and communities of color because their needs are urgent. None of us can be safe and healthy unless all of us are.
The unprecedented global coronavirus crisis is taking a financial toll on everyone, but struggling student loan borrowers are particularly at risk. Women and students of color, especially women of color, carry the vast majority of student debt. As schools and businesses shutter, threatening many low-wage workers’ jobs, the pandemic will only exacerbate borrowers’ financial instability. It warrants robust federal action.
Even before the COVID-19 shutdowns, 700,000+ people were at risk of hunger due to a new federal SNAP rule. With the pandemic, it's clear that our social safety net is fragile and could force people deeper into poverty.