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5 Great Reads: Toward a More Accessible Future

July 27: Good and insightful things we’ve read online in the past week

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‘30 years after the ADA, it’s time to imagine a more accessible future’

On a major anniversary of any piece of legislation, it’s often exciting to look back and see how things have changed—unless it’s the Americans with Disabilities Act, which, after three decades in action, still hasn’t brought much equity to people with disabilities. As of 2019, just 19 percent of people with disabilities are employed, and many workplaces and job descriptions uphold ableism. BitchMedia

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‘Actually care about RBG? Quit it with the memes.’

Three iconic civil rights leaders have died in the past two weeks—John Lewis, Charles Evers, and C.T. Vivian—and with their deaths, it’s natural to wonder, who now? That feeling only intensifies when you hear Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s cancer has returned. Icons of activism make us feel safe, like someone is fighting the fight we couldn’t possibly handle ourselves. But what we need to remember is that the fate of our country, of us, doesn’t depend on one person, and that it’s always been expected that they would eventually pass the torch. For The Washington Post, Taylor Trudon reminds us of RBG’s humanity. The Washington Post

Thoughts on culture

‘Many Black and Asian-Americans say they have experienced discrimination amid the COVID-19 outbreak’

News reports of Black and Asian-Americans experiencing an uptick in discrimination have cropped up every so often throughout the pandemic, but it’s important to have hard data like this report from the Pew Research Center to contradict naysayers. It’s not anecdotal, and it never was. It’s outright racism. And for Asian-Americans in particular, the change is largely due to racist framing of the pandemic, a textbook example of how much language matters. Pew Research Center

‘We saw this problem coming’

It’s hard to say what the “leading” crisis is at the moment, but paid leave and affordable and accessible child care are among the top, let’s say, six. In this interview with The Cut, congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s frustration over both is palpable: “We flagged so many of the key issues early! … The system was broken during good times, right? People want to characterize the last couple years of this booming economy and low unemployment, but women were still burdened because the economy wasn’t working so well for us consistently.” NY mag

‘Toxic masculinity is killing us’

Violence against women is not novel to the United States, but gun violence against women is. If this article for Vogue makes you feel helpless and awestruck, then we’re on the same page. Why some men hate women—and hate us so much to kill us—is beyond me. But that’s reality. Call your senators. Vogue

Plus: more on child care

‘Coronavirus has finally put a spotlight on America’s child care crisis. What happens now?’

We always love seeing our data pop up in major news outlets, because then we know it’s being put to good use. Check out this piece from Refinery29, which dives into the current child care crisis and taps our research on what working moms really need during the pandemic. Refinery29

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