Every Monday we will round-up the articles from last week that have stayed on our minds to share with you all. These are our must-read articles each week. If there are any articles, podcasts, videos, or content that you want to add to next week's round-up, please email us at email@example.com.
- “According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health.”
- “A 2016 analysis of five years of data found that black college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school. . . It tells you that you can’t educate your way out of this problem. You can’t health-care-access your way out of this problem. There’s something inherently wrong with the system that’s not valuing the lives of black women equally to white women.”
- “But now many social scientists and medical researchers agree, the problem isn’t race but racism.”
- “In the more than 200 stories of African-American mothers that ProPublica and NPR have collected over the past year, the feeling of being devalued and disrespected by medical providers was a constant theme.”
- “But it’s the discrimination that black women experience in the rest of their lives — the double-whammy of race and gender — that may ultimately be the most significant factor in poor maternal outcomes. An expanding field of research shows that the stress of being a black woman in American society can take a significant physical toll during pregnancy and childbirth.”
- Read more here: https://www.propublica.org/article/nothing-protects-black-women-from-dying-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1512686351
- “As with most good things, a Black woman named Tarana Burke was the original creator of the #MeToo awareness movement, but you would never know that from whom TIME chose to put on its cover instead.”
- “Instead, we will celebrate Burke ourselves.”
- Read more here: http://afropunk.com/2017/12/tarana-burke-omitted-time-magazine-cover-lets-celebrate-sht-today/
- While we already knew there was a link between the combined hormonal pill and increased risk of breast cancer, this study has a larger sample size than previous ones and considered newer forms of hormonal birth control, including the progestin-only IUD and patch.
- “The study was limited, the authors said, because they could not take into account factors like physical activity, breast feeding and alcohol consumption, which may also influence breast cancer risk."
- "The [relative] risk of breast cancer was [20%] higher among women who currently or recently used contemporary hormonal contraceptives than among women who had never used hormonal contraceptives, and this risk increased with longer durations of use; however, absolute increases in risk were small."
- For the study itself: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1700732. If you can't access the entire study or studies aren't your jam, you can read more about via mainstream media: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/small-risk-of-breast-cancer-seen-with-hormone-contraceptives/2017/12/06/46c6920c-dad1-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html?utm_term=.71bdf2e8d7fc, or https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/health/birth-control-breast-cancer-hormones.html
We’ve been paying close attention to the discussion around net neutrality. This is important to us as internet users, as small business owners, as people who believe in social justice. This Thursday, December 14 the FCC will vote on whether or not to maintain net neutrality. Read more here: https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now