Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

'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.


The Nudge And Tie Breaker That Took Women's Suffrage From Nay To Yea

Monday, August 17, 2020

Tennessee was the final state needed to ratify the amendment that secured women the right to vote. At the last moment, a young state legislator switched his vote to yes after his mom asked him to.


Baseball Stadiums May Be Empty, But You Can Still Hear The Crowds

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The fans can't come back because of the coronavirus pandemic, so Major League Baseball will pump crowd sounds into the empty ballparks when its season begins on July 23.


Behind The Scenes: 1 Man Creates Crowd Noise For Sporting Events

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

With soccer stadiums empty of fans because of COVID-19, broadcasters are juicing up their feeds with prerecorded sound of crowds. Major League Baseball will take a similar approach.


Revisiting Sacred Cows: Which Figures From History Do We Honor, And How?

Friday, July 03, 2020

Statues have been taken down; names scrubbed from institutions. The national reckoning over race has reenergized debates over historical figures and the scrutiny goes beyond Confederate monuments.


Push To Remove Confederate Monuments Opens Debate On Other Honored Historical Figures

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Statues have been taken down. Names are being scrubbed from institutions. The national reckoning over race has led to closer scrutiny of which figures from history we honor, and how.


At The D.C. Protests, A 'Lean On Me' Singalong Offered A Moment Of Solace

Saturday, June 06, 2020

This week at the protests in Washington, D.C., thousands of voices joined spontaneously in singing the Bill Withers classic "Lean on Me," led by local musician Kenny Sway.


Memorializing Those Who Died In The Time Of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Since it's impossible to hold mass public gatherings to mourn those who have died of COVID-19, people are creating new ways to memorialize the dead.