Texas has attacked women’s reproductive rights with the passage of Senate Bill 8, the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. In the following article, Community columnist Amalia Nichols, a Texas native, investigates the extensive impacts this bill will have on business, the economy, and women, who are essential to both former points.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has posed difficulties globally, menstruators and young girls in sub-Saharan Africa have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic due to period poverty. Sub-Saharan Africa’s financial struggles during the pandemic, which have exacerbated period poverty, is a threat to women’s healthcare, mental well-being, gender equity, and autonomy.
Millions of Americans lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one key demographic may remain home even after the quarantine ends: women. Since the start of the pandemic, women have been leaving at a rate 4 times greater than their male counterparts. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 617,000 women left the workforce in September 2020, compared to 78,000 men. This great disparity isn’t just a consequence of gender inequality in the workplace. It’s a result of the forced division of labor between men and women in nuclear families, pressuring women with children and other family obligations to prioritize the needs of others over their own professional fulfillment.
The economic and social impact of climate change has become increasingly evident in the past few years. According to the World Economic Forum, the four biggest risks facing the world are failing to adapt to climate change, human-made environmental damage, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, and natural disasters—all related to and caused by climate change.