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November 25, 2016
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Report: Many Women in New England Face Economic Insecurity, Not Recovery

The fitful economic recovery after the Great Recession has raised overall earnings for women in New England, but income inequality persists, according to a new report from UMass Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.

The publication, “Recovery for All? A Snapshot of Women’s Economic Status in New England,” finds that while women’s overall earnings are now higher than pre-recession levels, other key indicators demonstrate a growing wage gap for many women—especially minorities and low-wage workers.

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November 23, 2016
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2016 Election Results Exposed a Fractured Media Landscape

by Michael Ahn
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

We went through this election season in our own bubbles–self-selected media networks reflective our political preference, social media sites with friends “like” us, and other various online sources of our choice–where we selectively chose facts, opinions, or conspiracy theories. We have become insulated in our selected networks of like-minded people with no links to “the other side.” There was a “fracture” in our information environment where we constantly reinforced our views and opinions with other like-minded people. Until the end, we thought the polls reflected the likely outcome of this year’s election.  We now know polls were off in predicting the likely winner of this year’s presidential election partly because they underrepresented likely Trump voters in their sampling and partly because the respondents were not truthful in expressing their preference, in particular, in expressing their support for Trump.

Read Ahn’s full blog posted by the Brookings Institution.

November 23, 2016
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How NOT to Avoid Political Conversations at Your Holiday Dinner

by Karen Ross
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

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Credit: Flickr user Zeetz Jones

Are you hoping you can avoid political conversations with family at the holiday dinner table or are you dreading a confrontation with that know-it-all brother-in-law? The recent election cycle has made evident the deep divisions that exist in the United States. As we head into the holiday season, the desire to avoid political conversations is understandable. These are difficult discussions to have in any context, all the more so at a holiday dinner in the wake of an election campaign that has left people along the political spectrum feeling angry, fearful, joyful, arrogant, and dismissive. It is easy for conversations to turn into attacks that leave nobody feeling better and certainly don’t result in changes of opinion.

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November 23, 2016
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Democracy is Not Demonization

by Saadia Ahmad
Graduate Student of Conflict Resolution

I am a Muslim-American and a peacebuilder. In the aftermath of a polarizing election season, the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, and an onslaught of violent hate crimes and proposed policies threatening human rights, I am struggling to simultaneously maintain my commitment to both roles and identities.

Read Ahmad’s full column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

November 22, 2016
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Women of Color are the Force for Change in Politics

by Carol Hardy-Fanta
Senior Fellow

Book coverIn a new book, Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America, we argue that gains in political leadership and influence by people of color are transforming the American political landscape, but they have occurred within a contested political context, one where struggles for racial and gender equality continue. These thoughts are particularly relevant in the aftermath of the recent election—one marked by deep divisions drawn around race and gender.

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