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I gave birth with no leave and a mountain of medical bills. No parent deserves to suffer like I did.

Studies show that a lack of paid parental leave is associated with an increase in depression

Daunte Wright called his mom before being shot. George Floyd yelled for his. As a Black mother, this is my greatest fear.

The nightmare is that our children will call out for us, and we won’t be able to protect them

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

Ask Dr. Andrea: I have vaccine FOMO

I am angry and resentful

Yes, you can build support networks in the pandemic. Here’s how to start.

Women’s working lives truly benefit from connection with other women

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

Poetry saved me. I hope it can help my teen girls, too.

Young women poets today give voice to queerness, trauma, body positivity

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past

Growing up in a majority-White suburb, I rejected my Chinese heritage. Now I’m reclaiming it.

With more support and guidance, the next generation needn’t suffer or be silenced the same as I was

A priest blessed my queer wedding. Catholic couples deserve the same.

A recent Vatican decree stands to deprive LGBTQ Catholics of something more substantial than a ceremony