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July 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
A Conversation with Catharine A. MacKinnon: Prostitution as Sex Work or Sexual Exploitation?

At a CFR roundtable, Catharine A. MacKinnon discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on those in the sex industry as well as where the international debate on prostitution and sex trafficking currently stan…

Catharine MacKinnon presents in front of the Milken Institute's 21st Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California on April 30, 2018.

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

May 25, 2021

Race and Ethnicity
The Color of COVID After Biden's First 100 Days

A stronger economy can be achieved by placing women, especially women of color, at the center of legislative framework.

Woman wearing a face mask

March 29, 2021

Coronavirus
A Year on, the "Color of Covid" Still Matters

One year after coining “Color of Covid,” Catherine Powell published an op-ed on CNN.com about the ongoing pandemics of race and gender inequality, particularly the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on th…

President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan. Vice President Harris stands beside him.

December 23, 2020

Women and Economic Growth
Women’s Economic Empowerment and Trade

"As our Nation and the world continue to respond to COVID-19, we should look ahead to how we will create a safer and more equitable economic recovery for workers in the United States and around the w…

Woman sits in Myanmar. Radik De Chowdhuri/REUTERS

December 15, 2020

Elections and Voting
The 2020 Election by the Numbers

It’s almost over. Yesterday Electoral College electors convened virtually or in person in state capitals across the country to cast their votes. The result was what everyone expected, the election of…

An elector looks at his signed ballot for Joe Biden.

August 5, 2020

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Convergence”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice

In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing,…

Black Lives Matter Rally

April 9, 2020

Coronavirus
Color of Covid: The Racial Justice Paradox of Our New Stay-at-Home Economy

In what Catherine Powell calls the "color of Covid," the pandemic has highlighted a range of underlying inequalities on race—including on the job front—now exacerbated by the health crisis and the em…

Marni Bailey, a worker at a group home for the elderly, stands in line outside Riverside University High School to vote in the presidential primary election held amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus
Quarantined: Federalism in Action at Home and Abroad

The rapid spread of the coronavirus in the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a new reality for most—if not all—Americans, as a growing number of U.S. states have imposed a variety of stay-at-home direct…

Woman in Italy wearing protective mask during coronavirus

January 9, 2020

Digital Policy
Invisible Workers on the Global Assembly Line

In her newly published book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts discusses the world of content moderation, which increasingly plays a major rol…

Afghan girls at the first Internet cafe for women in Kabul, Afghanistan. March 8, 2012.