Sha’Carri Richardson teaches us to love all Black women’s colored hair, long nails, lashes and tattoos

One of my favorite ways to wear my hair is in long red knotless braids. At one former workplace, the hairstyle drew offensive questions and statements from my employer. Are you in a gang? I don’t think that color is appropriate for our workplace. You normally look so professional. What [...]

By |2021-07-08T14:42:17-05:00July 2, 2021|Blackness, LGBTQ, Race, Reckon|Women, Story|

‘What most kids need’: How one school community got SMART when its rural hospital closed

The only hospital in rural Pickens County, Ala., closed its doors for good just two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  It was March 2020. The west Alabama county sits along the Mississippi state line, its landscape dotted with small towns. When the hospital closed in the county seat of Carrollton (pop. 1,000), Pickens County [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:42:05-05:00June 21, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

Need an abortion in Appalachia? ‘Holler’ at this West Va. group

Holler Health Justice launched in 2018 to fund abortions in West Virginia and Appalachia. Since, its mission has expanded to include providing free emergency contraception and harm reduction services.  In 2020, the organization provided $111,415 in abortion funding and other support. The group dispersed more than 6,000 units of emergency [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:41:35-05:00June 16, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|

Why the $300 child tax credit could be a step toward universal basic income — and happier families

Next month, millions of American families will begin receiving monthly direct cash payments, and unprecedented foray into the idea of a universal basic income.  A new expanded child tax credit, part of the American Rescue Plan that Congress passed in March, will give low- and middle-income families monthly payouts of $300 per child under age 6 [...]

By |2021-06-14T15:38:52-05:00June 3, 2021|Economy, Reckon|Women, Story|

Rachel Pearson of Engage: Reading, watching, listening on women’s economic security, policy

Rachel Pearson founded women’s economic policy organization Engage, www.engagewomen.org, after working for years in Washington, D.C., and growing frustrated at the lack of bipartisanship in Congress. “Women outlive, outnumber and out vote men,” Pearson said. “The political power should be ours, and we should have a much larger impact on [...]

By |2021-04-20T10:40:13-05:00April 20, 2021|Economy, Politics, Reckon|Women, Story|
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