Tag Archives: Class

Quick hit: “The logic of stupid poor people”

Tweet I cannot recommend this piece by Tressie McMillan Cottom highly enough. It’s about why people who don’t have a lot of money spend money on luxury items. Spoiler alert: it’s because they are people, too, even though plenty of Americans struggle to remember that. I do not know how much my mother spent on [...]
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Watch: Melissa Harris-Perry on “the invisible middle” of media representations of African American women

Tweet Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Yesterday the MHP show highlighted a recent study by Essence Magazine following nearly 1,200 women who kept a visual diary of the depictions of African American women in media and ranked if the characterizations of black women were balanced. Not surprising, the [...]
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Chart of the Day: 60 percent of single women can’t afford basic needs

TweetThe Census Bureau released new data on poverty in the US yesterday, and the National Women’s Law Center has been crunching the numbers to see how things are looking for women. It’s not great: Since 2011, the poverty rate among women has been at its highest point in two decades, and that didn’t change last year. Over 14 percent [...]
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Infographic: 60 percent of women’s job gains in the recovery are in low-wage jobs

Tweet Today is the four-year anniversary of the last time the minimum wage was increased. I’ve written before about why everyone but especially women–who make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers–need a raise. Today, the National Women’s Law Center is out with a new analysis showing that 60 percent of the jobs women have gained in the [...]
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What we don’t talk about when we talk about Mommy Wars

TweetI should begin by saying that I’m not a mother. I was raised by a single black mother; and our narrative isn’t unlike the stories of working class single mothers nationwide. One of struggle, sacrifices, and compromise. A complex and harrowing navigation of the public safety net and stone-faced determination in defiance to shaming by [...]
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