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Gendering race and coloring gender--to understand the politics behind both.
A blog by Michelle Chen

Native Foster Care Placements up Sharply in North Dakota

Native Foster Care Placements up Sharply in North Dakota

by Michelle Chen on September 1 2010, 9:10AM

A recent surge in foster care placements of Native American children in South Dakota may reflect the economic hard times—or evoke a bleak legacy of segregation.

Topics: On Gender, Schools & Youth

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

by Michelle Chen on August 31 2010, 4:02PM

A unique welfare program is creating a surprising number of new paychecks, but it may soon fade away without renewed support from Congress.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Military Women's Reproductive Rights Under Seige

Military Women’s Reproductive Rights Under Seige

by Michelle Chen on August 30 2010, 4:00PM

The Pentagon has long kept service women under the grip of draconian restrictions on abortion services.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

by Michelle Chen on August 30 2010, 9:10AM

While New Orleans hobbles toward recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s punishing blows, a deep affordable housing crisis continues to hold back impoverished mothers:

Topics: Economy, On Gender

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison's Abusive Strip Searches

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison’s Abusive Strip Searches

by Michelle Chen on August 27 2010, 9:16AM

Allegations of abusive strip searches at a prison reflect the perverse power imbalance inherent in the system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Looking Back, and Forward, on Women's Equality Day

Looking Back, and Forward, on Women’s Equality Day

by Michelle Chen on August 26 2010, 4:05PM

Women’s Equality Day is a commemoration of history—the 90th anniversary of the victory of women’s suffrage—as well as a marker of the incomplete struggle for equal rights.

Topics: On Gender

The Other Side of the Anchor: Where Else Do American-born Kids Belong?

The Other Side of the Anchor: Where Else Do American-born Kids Belong?

by Michelle Chen on August 26 2010, 9:20AM

We accept the term “naturalization” for new citizens. What could be more natural than being accepted in the only home you’ve ever known?

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Human Rights Watch: ICE Won't Protect Women from Sexual Abuse

Human Rights Watch: ICE Won’t Protect Women from Sexual Abuse

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2010, 12:59PM

Human Rights Watch has issued a scathing indictment of Homeland Security’s utter failure to protect women from abuse and harassment in detention.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Women Detainees Sexually Abused as ICE Polices Itself

Women Detainees Sexually Abused as ICE Polices Itself

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2010, 10:28AM

Sexual abuse cases at a Texas detention facility reveals ICE’s failures to protect women.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women's Mental Health Crisis

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women’s Mental Health Crisis

by Michelle Chen on August 24 2010, 9:10AM

The ACLU has settled a landmark lawsuit over female inmates’ mental and physical health services in Wisconsin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

First Nations Confront Legacy of Violence Against Women

First Nations Confront Legacy of Violence Against Women

by Michelle Chen on August 23 2010, 10:17AM

Native women in Canada confront a growing number of disappearances and tragic deaths.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Fight Over Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Intensifies

Fight Over Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Intensifies

by Michelle Chen on August 23 2010, 9:17AM

Louisiana has struck a compromise over a divisive law that mandates ultrasounds for women before they terminate a pregnancy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Native Human Rights Advocate Defies Conservative Attacks in Iowa

Native Human Rights Advocate Defies Conservative Attacks in Iowa

by Michelle Chen on August 20 2010, 10:50AM

Karen Mackey, executive director of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission has stood up amid political controversy driven by the right.

Topics: On Gender, Politics

Filipina Nurses See Discrimination in San Francisco Health System

Filipina Nurses See Discrimination in San Francisco Health System

by Michelle Chen on August 20 2010, 9:20AM

The California Nurses Association accused a major healthcare company of “systematic discrimination against the hiring of Filipino registered nurses.”

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

The Right's Long, Racist History of Calling Moms Criminals

The Right’s Long, Racist History of Calling Moms Criminals

by Michelle Chen on August 19 2010, 9:52AM

The GOP’s birthright citizenship drama isn’t the first in which women of color have been cast as criminal breeders.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Poor, Jobless, and Getting out the Vote

Poor, Jobless, and Getting out the Vote

by Michelle Chen on August 19 2010, 9:15AM

Labor hopes to make the unemployed their own political interest group.

Topics: On Gender, Politics

Trafficking Survivors Get Relief under NY Law

Trafficking Survivors Get Relief under NY Law

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 12:00PM

Governor David Paterson has signed a bill that enables sex trafficking victims to clear their records of criminal convictions.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Groups Press Justice Department on Prison Rape

Groups Press Justice Department on Prison Rape

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 11:23AM

Groups call for an end to the culture of impunity that looms over the incarcerated.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

'Is She Yours?': Mixed-Race Families in the Eyes of Others

‘Is She Yours?’: Mixed-Race Families in the Eyes of Others

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 9:10AM

Multiracial families often evoke strange looks of bewilderment from strangers, followed by the awkward question, “Is she yours?” Or the even more vexing, “Are you looking for more work?”

Topics: On Gender, Schools & Youth

Latinas Rallying For Reproductive Justice

Latinas Rallying For Reproductive Justice

by Michelle Chen on August 13 2010, 9:45AM

It’s Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, and bloggers are sounding off about self-determination and controlling their own reproductive destinies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, On Gender