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Science tells us that body weight is not just about lifestyle, and yet health-care providers often assume that people with obesity are lazy and lack willpower, and that fatness is the only relevant health issue. (Rudd Center)

How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

One year ago, Ellen Maud Bennett asked women of size to make her death from cancer matter -- by advocating for their own health.
A racial wealth gap is persisting after centuries enslavement and systemic discrimination. Hyejin Kang/Shutterstock.com

The case for African American reparations, explained

Thanks to demographic and political changes, Democratic contenders are addressing this issue for the first time.
An analysis of population statistics shows that most New Zealanders, from any groups, don’t report experiencing intolerance or discrimination. AAP

What the data say about discrimination and tolerance in New Zealand

Many New Zealanders responded to the Christchurch terror attack with displays of unity and openness, and research into attitudes shows that tolerance is a widely held value.
Jessie Dean Gipson Simmons, shown top center about age 37, c. 1961. [Clockwise: daughter Angela, sons Obadiah Jerone, Jr. and Carl, and husband Obadiah Jerone, Sr.; daughters Carolyn and Quendelyn are not pictured] Simmons family archives

Jessie Simmons: How a schoolteacher became an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

When Jessie Simmons applied for a teaching job in 1958, her application went to a separate file for "Negro teachers" and got rejected. An education scholar recounts how Simmons fought back and won.
Providing tools to help African-American men with prostate cancer make decisions about care can make a big difference. michaeljung/Shutterstock.com

Doctors need to talk through treatment options better for black men with prostate cancer

Prostate cancer outcomes have differed between black men and other ethnic groups for decades. Could improving the way doctors talk and share information with black patients make a difference?
Protestors at the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. There was intense discussion of intersectionality at the time of this march. Shutterstock

Explainer: what does ‘intersectionality’ mean?

The term initially focussed on the intersection between race and gender, but more recent uses have extended to include sexuality, gender diversity and disability.
Toronto school board data reveals that Black, racialized and lower-income students face significant gaps in student outcomes. Nik Shuliahin /Unsplash

Racialized student achievement gaps are a red-alert

In examining and addressing opportunity gaps for racialized students in schools, school boards must learn to account for present-day and historical inequities.
Women earn less than men in most occupations, including soccer. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Why women still earn a lot less than men

A decade ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the latest legislative effort to close the persistent gap between how much women and men earn. Here's why it hasn’t made much of a difference.
Hindu right wing supporters backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party march to protest women entering the premises of Sabarimala temple, in South India, Kerala, Jan 3, claiming ‘respect for traditions’. KannanVM/Wikimedia

Sabarimala temple: How the Indian media fell into the trap of caste and gender stereotypes

The recent controversy, sloganeering and protests about Sabarimala temple in the Indian state of Kerala obscure the way that the media have used stereotypes of women and caste again and again.

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