As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama’s forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president had so visibly addressed the issue—and on that occasion, the message had been very different.
After an Instagram photo that showed Kaleb and Kordale getting ready in the morning with their children went viral, the couple faced both praise and criticism. Nikon gave the men an opportunity to showcase their lives and show how their family is as ordinary as any family.
By sharing my story, I hope I can make other families in similar situations feel represented.
Feminism has led to lower divorce rates over the decades, because independent women have better marriages. Yet conservatives keep insisting that the struggle for equality is driving families apart.
North Carolina’s alarming infant mortality rate is a direct result of uninsured women not having access to quality health care. So why aren’t more advocates of Medicaid expansion talking about it?
Anyone who believes that adoption or foster care is a real solution to growing restrictions on reproductive rights is kidding themselves.
Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”
The Milwaukee Healthy Beginnings Project had been funded through a federal grant as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Start Initiative, which aims to reduce the nation’s infant mortality rate, in part through funding community-based programs.
A law forcing notification or consent doesn’t help a young person who feels that they cannot turn to their parents out of fear for their safety or parental anger and disappointment. It simply makes it harder for them to access safe and legal care.
Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.