The pandemic forced another 275,000 women out of the U.S. labor force in January, worsening the catastrophic employment crisis for working women.

Women accounted for almost 80{429fc2506e610357e12b2a5665db82631200a2e00b3a1d8839077d76f18e2e8b} of U.S. adults who stopped working or looking for work last month, according to an analysis of Friday’s jobs report by the National Women’s Law Center. More than 2.3 million women have now left the labor force since last February. (The pandemic has had a lesser impact on men, even though they outnumber women in the U.S. labor force; nearly 1.8 million men have stopped working or looking for work since February 2020, according to the NWLC.)

Working women have now lost more than three decades of labor force gains in less than a year, as we report in the new issue of Fortune. The ongoing employment crisis, which is closely aligned with a widespread caregiving crisis, has especially hurt … Read more

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It’s been a traumatic 12 months for the thousands of queer teens who have contacted the Trevor Project, a mental-health crisis and suicide-prevention center.

First there was the coronavirus pandemic, which blocked many people from physically socializing with friends or attending schools in person. Then there was the police killing of Black Minneapolis resident George Floyd, which became a tipping point in the fight against racism.

Adding to the turmoil recently were the Capitol riots, particularly for young people of color, explained Tia Dole, the Trevor Project’s chief clinical operations officer.

“It is such a shock to see the differential treatment of the people who took the Capitol versus what happened with [Black Lives Matter] protesters or other protests over the summer,” she said. “It was reinforcement … Read more

Even with the continued spread of more contagious coronavirus variants across the country, the past week has brought lots of news to cheer on the pandemic front: a significant decline in new cases; favorable data on the efficacy and performance of three additional vaccines likely to speed the U.S. rollout (Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, and AstraZeneca); and the fact that another 2.5 million Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19.

Through Tuesday, Feb. 2, 8.2{429fc2506e610357e12b2a5665db82631200a2e00b3a1d8839077d76f18e2e8b} of the U.S. population, or 27.2 million people, had received at least one shot, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control, up from 24.7 million the week before. Another 6.4 million individuals had received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Of the 55.9 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines distributed across the U.S., roughly 61{429fc2506e610357e12b2a5665db82631200a2e00b3a1d8839077d76f18e2e8b} have been administered.

The picture is increasingly … Read more

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Imagine the life of an advertising executive and a scene from Mad Men is likely to come to mind: Don Draper snake-charming a pair of Kodak marketing executives with a perfectly crafted pitch about the emotional pull of nostalgia (“It’s delicate, but potent…”) in order to win the account for their new slide projector. “This device isn’t a spaceship,” Draper tells the entranced Kodak men of their slide carousel in one famous pitch from the television show. “It’s a time machine.”

Well, it turns out, those days have mostly gone the way of three-martini lunches, skinny ties, smoking in the office, and widely-tolerated workplace sexual harassment. In the digital era, instead of a high-stakes, high-wire act focused on high concepts, advertising … Read more

I grew up a Black kid in white classrooms in Silver Spring, Maryland. I tested well and was deemed “gifted and talented”. That meant my classes had cutting edge technology, teachers with fancy degrees and books without holes in them because my classmates’ parents were white. They influenced the county to ensure our classes had great resources. As one of few Black kids in those classes, that gave me advantages that came at a painful cost.

My teachers were white, my classmates were white, I was Black.

I boiled, alone, when my History teacher showed images of starving Black bodies, crammed like sardines, into wooden ships during the middle passage. I seared, alone, and embarrassed, as overzealous classmates plowed through the word “nigger” in Huckleberry Finn read alouds. I
stormed out of class, alone and insulted, when a social studies teacher called slavery a “historical inconvenience.”

But racial isolation can … Read more