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September 6, 2017
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Further Than We Were—Not Nearly Close Enough: Women’s Equality

By Ann Bookman, Director, Center for Women in Policy and Public Policy

executive femaleEach year in August we commemorate Women’s Equality Day. On the one hand, we celebrate our sisters and allies who fought so fiercely for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. On the other hand, we are reminded this year more than ever that no major civil rights law is ever truly won. It must be constantly fought for, its implementation rigorously enforced, and the spirit of inclusive democracy protected with our lives.

This year, as we each challenge ourselves to oppose all forms of bigotry and oppression, is it important to remember that when the 19th Amendment was finally won many barriers and hardships for women of color persisted. Despite the strong presence of Black activists in the women’s suffrage movement, the Black female vote was consistently blocked, first by those states which voted against ratification – even into the late 20th century – then by those states which enacted stringent voting rights laws. The violence and brutality directed towards communities of color – and particularly African Americans in the Jim Crow era – prevented many women of color from accessing their inalienable right to vote.

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September 5, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Top Ten Reasons to Go to Graduate School

Georgianna Melendez poses at graduation with her husbandOne night while Georgianna Meléndez was staying in the office late to do homework, as she put it “uninterrupted by life,” her boss popped in. She explained, “I was ripping my hair out … wishing that statistics could disappear.”

Her supervisor asked her why she was pushing through with so much going on in her life.

To say that Meléndez had a full plate was an understatement. A mother of two and a part-time graduate student in the Master of Science Program in Public Affairs (now Public Administration) taking two night courses each week, Meléndez worked full-time as executive director of Commonwealth Compact, a special diversity initiative aimed at making Boston a welcoming, diverse place to live and work for all people.

In the moment, she recalled, “I couldn’t answer his question, I only knew that I HAD to do this.”

A week later, while sitting at a coffee shop studying for her statistics mid-term, she questioned the wisdom of her path. “So I put pen to paper and this is what I came up with – in no particular order.” Continue Reading →

September 2, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

6 Ways to Address the Long-Term Services and Supports Workforce Crisis

This post originally appeared on the Gerontology Institute Blog, written by Geralyn Magan

caregiver holds elderly handsMost providers of long-term services and supports (LTSS) struggle to address high turnover rates and growing job vacancies within their organizations. A recent article by Robyn Stone, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, warns that those struggles are likely to escalate over the next two decades unless policy makers take six actions.

“The current direct care worker shortage … is simply a bellwether of things to come over the next 20 years as Baby Boomers age and the life expectancy of younger people with disabilities increases,” writes Stone in the Public Policy and Aging Report. Read more.

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