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How a Tweak by the SEC Could Help Address Gender and Racial Pay Gaps


A mantra we hear almost daily from corporate titans everywhere is, “People are our most valuable resource.” There is evidence to back up this claim. In 1975, 83% of the value of an S&P 500 company was tied to its physical assets. By 2015, that statistic had completely inverted, and human capital represented 84% of […]

No More Stolen Sisters: America’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women


In the early 1600s, a 15-year-old Native American girl was kidnapped from her home in what is now called Virginia. She was raped and forced to marry an English adult, a process in which she had to convert to Christianity and adopt the name Rebecca. Ultimately, she died under mysterious circumstances in England, with some […]

Women in Leadership: Gender Equity and Breaking the Glass Ceiling Amidst a Pandemic


“You are young, pretty and have all the time in world. Don’t rush to a promotion. Sometimes you have to take two to three steps back to take a step forward.” I can’t imagine he’d say this to the white male colleague waiting around the corner from his office. This is what a Senior UN […]

How inclusive is the green economy?


Amanda, Rose, Emily and Rani are four final year Master’s in Public Policy Students at the Harvard Kennedy School dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression and creating an inclusive climate industry. They created this website to highlight the gender and racial gaps in the climate industry. [iframe src=”https://ranimurali412.github.io/code4policy-team-a1/” width=”100%” height=”1000″ scrolling=”auto” ]

Fostering ‘mentalship’ among young male students of color


BY DENNIS FUNES “Students like YOU end up working rather than going to college.” As a young male of color at a middle school in the Los Angeles School District, a teacher had already predicted my future, or so he thought. Fortunately, I had positive role models, such as my father and my Algebra teacher, […]

Centering Women of Color through Intersectional Policymaking: Let’s Start with Abortion Access


BY AMANDA MATOS Womanhood is not a monolith, and yet policy makers—and the legislation they champion—treat women as if they are all of one race, class, and sexual identity. While political, public rhetoric around women’s empowerment may rally the masses, it also projects a naïve idea that all women’s experiences are the same. True solidarity […]

Marijuana Justice Requires Expanding Access to Record Expungements


BY BEN MCGUIRE After Vikash Singh was prosecuted in Los Angeles for growing medical marijuana in 2014, he found that life with a conviction on his record was a “minefield” of legal hoops. He was a college-educated former teacher from a middle-class background who had served his community service sentence, but relevant experience was no […]

Crazy Rich Asians: Why Diversity Really Matters


Crazy Rich Asians has shattered recent box office records. The film grossed an estimated $117 million in its first three weeks and features an all Asian cast — something that hasn’t happened since The Joy Luck Club debuted in 1993. It has also ignited a firestorm of Asian American pride and public discourse. The story […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Reckoning with Reparations: The Kush Economy is Our 40 Acres and a Mule


BY KHADIJAH TRIBBLE “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana […]

The Focus on Integrated Schools Is Misguided


BY IVAN RAHMAN The cover of the most recent Nation magazine portrays a student about to cross a crosswalk, perhaps to a school in a different neighborhood than his own. The accompanying story examines the secession movement in education, a movement in white communities that effectively excludes black and Hispanic youth from majority-white schools. Against […]

My Home is Not a Sound Bite


BY JEN SMITH, WITH CALEB GAYLE AND DAVID FRIEDLAND 24 days ago Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His family grieved their loss in the public eye. CNN wrote an article titled “Why Charlotte exploded and Tulsa Prayed” contrasting the two cities. It ignored lingering historical tensions from […]

The Hidden Crisis Happening in Brazil Right Now


BY NATALIE UNTERSTELL The world is currently watching Brazil fight the “longest recession in a century, the biggest bribery scandal in history, [and] the most unpopular leader in living memory,” and that’s not even counting the Zika virus epidemic. An equally severe but less visible crisis is also facing the country right now:  discrimination against […]

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