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Many women who are incarcerated were just trying to make ends meet for their families. Here an image from a rally to demand the release of people held in jails, outside the Riverside Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, May 2020. Joe Piette/Flickr

Mothers desperate to make ends meet sometimes end up behind bars

For Mother’s Day, we look at the fastest growing prison population in Canada — racialized women, many of whom are mothers. Experts connect the trend to rising poverty and the attempts to cope with it.
The stress of experiencing high levels of community violence harms entire families. skynesher/E+ via Getty Images

Black mothers trapped in unsafe neighborhoods signal the stressful health toll of gun violence in the U.S.

Chronic stress from living with systemic racism and gun violence can lead to increased symptoms of PTSD and depression as well as elevated cortisol levels.
LSU’s Angel Reese reacts in front of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during the second half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four championship basketball game in Dallas on April 2. LSU won 102-85 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

NCAA basketball championship: Criticism of Angel Reese reveals the unfair standards imposed on Black women in sport

For too long, Black girls and women have been made to conform to the largely white and male-centred ideas about how sports should be played and how Black athletes ought to present themselves.
Our guest on this episode has insights into long COVID both as a researcher and a patient. Jessica Felicio/Unsplash

Why isn’t anyone talking about who gets long COVID? — Podcast

Long COVID impacts one in every five people who’ve had the virus. In the U.S., early research shows people of colour are most likely to develop long COVID. It has been called a mass-disabling event.
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner before a WNBA game in 2015. Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After initial silence, the Biden administration is making moves to free WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russian detention

At 6 feet, 8 inches tall, Brittney Griner has become an international basketball star. She is now locked up in a Russian prison after what US officials describe as “wrongfully detained.”

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