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
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.
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?
The job of looking after safety in the skies remains a highly sexualised occupation.
Preventing discrimination in the classroom.
A scholar of discrimination law explains why regulations set up in the 1960s are still critical to protecting racial groups today.
Just as gaining the right to vote did not end the women’s rights movement, so, too, will marriage equality not end the LGBTI+ rights movement.
Marriage equality was an important step for LGBTI+ rights in Australia, but there are many other areas in which LGBTI+ people in Australia still face discrimination.
When it comes to wealth, black families still lag far behind in the U.S.
Thanks to a long history of exclusionary government programs, the typical black family now has only 10 cents for every dollar held by the typical white family.
Protestors at the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. There was intense discussion of intersectionality at the time of this march.
The term initially focussed on the intersection between race and gender, but more recent uses have extended to include
sexuality, gender diversity and disability.
Children who have darker skin wait longer on average to leave foster care.
In the US, black children wait longer to be adopted and cost less to adopt than white children.
Toronto school board data reveals that Black, racialized and lower-income students face significant gaps in student outcomes.
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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
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.
Anjli Mohindra as Nadia in The Bodyguard.
Muslims have long been unfairly stereotyped in films and on TV.
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’.
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.
Strategies to support a diverse workforce can be beneficial – but may have unintended consequences.
Fat-shaming is everywhere and research shows that it is very bad for our health.
From romance to job interviews, people living with obesity are less likely to be successful.
The Kavanaugh hearings were about the only thing Congress has done with a link to #MeToo.
In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
About 9,200 Americans report sexual harassment at work every year.
Two-thirds of people who report workplace sexual harassment say they lost their jobs or are retaliated against in other ways. Most never receive any money.
Gypsies’ generosity is often overlooked.
What have Gypsies ever done for the UK? There's metalwork, art, music, boxing, equine expertise, skilled labour ... food bank donations.
A demonstrator holds a sign against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
AP Photo/Pat Sullivan
A survey done of transgender people right after they read a story on the government's move to deny transgender identity shows the emotional impact that denying that identity can have.
People living with HIV/AIDS all over the world are still struggling with stigma due to perceptions of the virus as dark and shameful. Here a Filipino man lights candles at a World AIDS Day even in Quezon city, Philippines in 2016.
(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Researchers from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS share the latest research on HIV prevention, treatment and stigma.
A memorial outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 29, 2018, erected after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the temple.
AP/Gene J. Puskar)
American anti-Semitism took an organized form in the 20th century. The German American Bund and the Silver Legion developed a unique culture of hatred for Jews that persists today in alt-right groups.