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Here’s our pick of stories this week that investigate political questions at the intersections of gender, race and region.

1. “This Is How Black Girls End Up in the School-To-Prison Pipeline
A new report, “Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected,” finds that black girls are disciplined in schools at disproportionately high rates; for example, black girls are suspended six times more often than white girls. Dani McClain writes for The Nation about the report’s implications for black girls’ educational outcomes, and possible interventions.

2. “Black, queer, feminist, erased from history: Meet the most important legal scholar you’ve likely never heard of
Brittney Cooper profiles Pauli Murray in Salon.com. “The political legacy of black women’s contributions to the American freedom project are present and powerful even when we cannot see them,” Cooper writes.

3. “‘Lean the f*** away from me’: Jessica Williams, ‘impostor syndrome’ and the many ways we serially doubt women
After Jessica Williams tweeted that she would not seek Jon Stewart’s Daily Show host chair, The Billfold labeled her a “high-profile victim of impostor syndrome.” This week Katie McDonough unpacked that response, writing about the narrow expectations for women’s ambition, the policing of women’s choices, and erasure of women’s agency.

4. “A Note on Visibility in the Wake of 6 Trans Women’s Murders in 2015
An essay from Janet Mock about the impact of increased media visibility for trans women of color, and the insufficiency of visibility to address violence. “Trans women are targeted because we exist at vulnerable intersections of race, gender and class,” Mock writes. “My sisters are vulnerable because no one movement has ever centered the bodies, lives and experiences of these women, except for the severely underfunded, largely volunteer-staffed work of organizations run by and for our communities.”

 

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