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6 Apr, 8 tweets, 3 min read
🧵Harvard’s @GenderSciLab on Monday published the first study that examines the race and gender of those dying from COVID-19.

The study found that Black women are dying from COVID at three times the rate of both White and Asian men in Georgia and Michigan.bit.ly/2PxwCoO
The researchers examined census data and publicly available COVID-19 mortality data through September 21, 2020, from Michigan and Georgia — the only two states that reported disaggregated age, race and sex information. bit.ly/2PxwCoO
More findings include:

— Black men had far higher COVID mortality rates than any other race or gender group.

— The disparity between Black women and White women is larger than between White men and White women. bit.ly/2PxwCoO
— The disparity between Black men and women is larger than between White men and women.

— It wasn’t even possible for the researchers to analyze Latinx populations because Georgia and Michigan did not report ethnicity separate from race at the time. bit.ly/2PxwCoO
Many researchers focus on differences in biology to explain the differing mortality rates across gender lines, but this study challenges that focus and interest.

These results show that differences across race and gender cannot fully be explained by genetic differences. “This type of study helps target vulnerabilities that are
There are social factors involved, and racial differences were interpreted as a “marker of historical and ongoing oppression of communities and individuals.”

Occupation and health care access, for instance, are structural factors that likely contribute to mortality disparities. Women constitute more than 60 percent of the workforce in he
— Black workers also disproportionately represent public-facing jobs in the health care, transportation and service industries.

— There is also an overrepresentation of Black women working as nursing assistants and home health aides, where potential for COVID exposure is high.
“The COVID-19 pandemic did not create these inequities,” Richardson said. “It only made them newly visible.”

More from @marielpadilla_: bit.ly/2PxwCoO

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5 Apr
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed #HB1570. The bill would have been the first law to ban gender-affirming medical care for youth.

“...the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human and ethical issue,” Hutchinson said. 19thnews.org/2021/04/arkans…
Gov. Hutchinson added that the state wanted to send a message of “tolerance and diversity.”

Hutchinson, who due to term limits cannot run for governor again, penned a transgender sports ban into law in March. bit.ly/2R859ue
#HB1570 is not dead. A simple majority vote can override the veto, a fact Hutchinson acknowledged on Monday.

The @ACLU has vowed to sue if the legislature overrides the veto. bit.ly/2R859ue
Read 4 tweets
2 Apr
Nearly 500,000 women returned to the workforce in March, compared to about 162,000 men, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

Women still remain behind pre-pandemic employment levels. bit.ly/3dAoAn8
Women-dominated industries, including leisure and hospitality, are beginning to bounce back just as students who have been learning remotely for months return to in-person classes. bit.ly/3dAoAn8
But the pandemic has caused an unequal recession, and some groups have started to bounce back more robustly.

— Black women have an unemployment rate of 8.7%
— Latinas: 5.9%
— Asian women: 5.7%
— White women: 5% bit.ly/3dAoAn8
Read 7 tweets
2 Apr
🧵Michigan voters in 2018 elected women to a level of representation nearly unparalleled in U.S. states.

But the state’s politics are still plagued with an old-school sexism. Current, former women officials say a culture of misogyny has existed for years. bit.ly/2POSHyL
The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party called three top statewide elected officials “witches” in a speech last week. bit.ly/2POSHyL
He said he wanted to “soften up” the women — @GovWhitmer, Attorney General @DanaNessel and Secretary of State @JocelynBenson — so when he had GOP candidates to run against them, they’re “ready for the burning at the stake.” bit.ly/2POSHyL
Read 15 tweets
31 Mar
🧵Today is #TransDayOfVisibility.

Over a decade ago, Rachel Crandall-Crocker wanted a reason for transgender people to celebrate and come together. So she created one.

Millions of people now recognize March 31 as a day to celebrate trans people worldwide.bit.ly/39waZMi
It was 2009, and at the time, the only annual event that most trans communities had — Transgender Day of Remembrance — was nothing to celebrate.

#TDOR was born in 1998 after Rita Hester, a Black trans women in Boston, was murdered in her own apartment. bit.ly/39waZMi
Crandall-Crocker sometimes attended the community funeral. She felt it was important. But when she did, it left her depressed for up to a week afterward. bit.ly/39waZMi
Read 13 tweets
27 Feb
The insurrection marked the first time the U.S. Capitol had been breached in more than 200 years.

Court documents reviewed by The 19th begin to paint a picture of women’s roles and intentions during the insurrection.

Here’s what we found: 🧵 bit.ly/37TgDqT
The 19th’s @keaux_ reviewed more than 230 cases, and identified 28 women facing charges.

— 21 have been released while they wait for their cases to proceed
— 5 await behind bars
— 2 cases are pending bit.ly/37TgDqT
Some women spent months physically preparing for the day. Others told law enforcement they made spur-of-the-moment decisions.

Most of them documented their time at the Capitol via social media. bit.ly/37TgDqT
Read 18 tweets
26 Feb
A federal committee has voted in favor of granting emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

If authorized for emergency use by @US_FDA, it could speed up vaccine distribution and help alleviate equity concerns. bit.ly/2P5yLHt
How is Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine different than Moderna and Pfizer’s?

— It’s simpler to produce because it requires only one dose.

— Experts say it might be easier to give to people who don’t have consistent access to the health care system. bit.ly/2P5yLHt
Pending emergency authorization, the White House has said it has 3-4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines ready to send states within the next week.

Currently, states are administering a rolling average of 1.7M vaccines a day from Moderna and Pfizer’s two-shot regimens.
Read 4 tweets

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