Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

They Don't Remember Their Parents Dying On 9/11. But They'll Never Forget

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Many children of 9/11 victims were too young to remember their parents who died. They've grown up living with the tension between having a personal connection to the day but few, if any memories.


Olympic Runner Caster Semenya Wants To Compete, Not Defend Her Womanhood

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Rules on testosterone levels for women athletes have kept star runner Caster Semenya out of the Tokyo Olympics. At the heart of this heated debate: Who should be considered a woman in sport?


Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Ban On Gender Confirming Treatments For Trans Youth

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A judge in Arkansas has temporarily blocked a law that forbids doctors from providing gender confirming treatment to transgender youth, meaning an American Civil Liberties Union suit can proceed.


Best Actor Or Actress? Gender-Expansive Performers Are Forced To Choose

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

There's a growing call for entertainment award categories to no longer be split by gender. Some nonbinary performers say these gendered divisions erase their identity.


Antisemitism Spikes, And Many Jews Wonder: Where Are Our Allies?

Monday, June 07, 2021

After turning out for racial justice and other movements in the U.S., they are frustrated by the response to attacks and hatred directed at Jews following the latest Mideast violence.


Lutherans Elect First Openly Transgender Bishop Megan Rohrer

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Rev. Megan Rohrer has been elected as the first openly transgender bishop within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They will lead some 200 congregations in California and Nevada.


Idaho's Transgender Sports Ban Faces A Major Legal Hurdle

Monday, May 03, 2021

Do transgender women and girls have a constitutional right to play on women's sports teams? That question was argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.


'It's Hurtful': Trans Youth Speaks Out As Alabama Debates Banning Medical Treatment

Sunday, March 28, 2021

States are considering a record number of anti-transgender bills, including many that prohibit gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. Alabama's bill would make providing such care a felony.


Biden Establishes A Gender Policy Council Within The White House

Monday, March 08, 2021

In addition to establishing the council, President Biden has signed an executive order aimed at reversing Trump administration policies on campus sexual assault and harassment.


'To Me He's Not A Number': Families Reflect As U.S. Passes 500,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Monday, February 22, 2021

Family members of those who've died from COVID-19 reflect on the milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths, and how their individual loss fits within the magnitude of that number.


Biden Administration Resurrects Office To Help Women 'At The Breaking Point'

Thursday, February 04, 2021

President Biden pledged that equal pay, paid family leave and affordable child care will be at the forefront of his administration's work. He's creating a Gender Policy Council to take these on.


Brown Girls Book Club Comes Together To Celebrate And Watch Historic Inauguration

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The group of women who've met for 25 years watched the event with tears and cheers. Some are, like Kamala Harris, graduates of Howard University and/or members of Harris' Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


Can The Forces Unleashed By Trump's Big Election Lie Be Undone?

Saturday, January 16, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have called Trump's insistence that the election was rigged the "big lie." The term has roots in Nazi Germany and echoes throughout fascist states.


Can The Forces Unleashed By Trump's Big Election Lie Be Undone?

Friday, January 15, 2021

President-elect Biden and Democrats in Congress have called Trump's insistence that the election was rigged the "big lie." The term has roots in Nazi Germany and echoes throughout fascist states.


Poised To Be America's 1st Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff Shakes Up Gender Stereotypes

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

When his wife, Kamala Harris, is sworn in as vice president of the U.S., Emhoff will also be creating history. "I'm gonna support her," he said when once asked what he'd do if she were elected.


'She'll Look Like A Boss': Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Inspires Young Girls

Thursday, November 12, 2020

In her victory speech, Kamala Harris spoke directly to young girls, saying, "This is a country of possibilities." Girls who met Harris during the campaign say they're inspired by her as a pathbreaker.


Agencies, Contractors Suspend Diversity Training To Avoid Violating Trump Order

Friday, October 30, 2020

President Trump's recent executive order banning some diversity training has had a widespread effect as government agencies, contractors and universities scramble to figure out how to comply.


GOP Uses Barrett's Motherhood To Appeal To Suburban Voters, Analysts Say

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Republican Senators have highlighted Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's role as a working mom of seven children. What's the message being sent, and who's the intended audience?


Pathmarking The Way: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Lifelong Fight For Gender Equality

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Early in her career, the Supreme Court justice argued cases that expanded rights for women and men.


Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The 19th amendment secured all women the right to vote, but in practice many women of color were excluded. This continues to resonate today with voter suppression among marginalized communities.