Headlines we're following this week, curated by our newsroom:
The State of Ohio vs. A Sex-Trafficked Teenager (The Washington Post)
In the U.S., courts are grappling with whether to punish or protect children who are both perpetrators of serious crimes and victims of sex trafficking. In Alexis Martin’s case, the abuse was disregarded — and she would always live with the consequences.
Why American Women Everywhere Are Delaying Motherhood (The New York Times)
Many women said they cannot afford to have a child right now, citing the high costs of childcare, housing and other expenses like student loans.
Restaurant Workers Leaving Industry In Droves (The Lily)
Women who work in restaurants have long had to contend with low wages, abusive customers, and sexual harassment. The pandemic has pushed many to leave the industry for good.
In Nigeria, Gas Giants Get Rich as Women Sink Into Poverty (The Fuller Project)
Our Lagos-based reporter Shola Lawal found that Nigeria’s ongoing use of a controversial gas waste disposal method, even though it’s a big contributor to greenhouse gases, destroys the land and livelihoods of women in the Niger Delta region, who are often their families’ breadwinners.
As Attention Turns to Child Care, the System’s Unsung Heroes Ask for Recognition (The Fuller Project)
Though child care has gotten an infusion of federal relief under the Biden administration, providers in the informal and vast network of Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers say they have been left to fend and fight for themselves, according to a report by Jessica Washington.
Could Women’s Rights be Key to Unifying Israel’s Government? (The Fuller Project)
Yardena Schwartz looks at why women’s rights activists are feeling a new sense of possibility and cautious optimism as a new government takes hold in Israel, especially because women’s rights is an issue that has broad support across the political spectrum. Could this be an inflection point?