Civil Rights

As Ketanji Brown Jackson Testified, Black Women Saw Themselves Reflected

For many, her reactions and words on the public stage reflected what they have lived as they navigate workplaces dominated by White men.

Older Feds Are Facing Persistent Racial and Gender Pay Disparities, the EEOC Has Found

Although the federal workforce has higher representation of people 40 and older than the private sector, men and white and Asian employees within that age group make more than women and other ethnicities.

Kirsten Gillibrand and Joni Ernst Can Pass Their Military Sexual Assault Bill — They Just Need a Senate Vote

The senators have a bipartisan measure to put independent prosecutors, not military commanders, in charge of serious crimes.

Why It Matters That CDC Declared Racism a Public Health Issue

The move draws attention to long-ignored racial gaps in health care.

To Close Gender Gap, Fight Pay Secrecy

"An emerging body of research finds that pay secrecy policies... disadvantage women in particular."

GovExec Daily: How the Vaccine Rollout is Leaving out Communities of Color

The Center for Urban and Racial Equity's Dr. Judy Lubin joins the podcast to discuss the inequality still present in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

GovExec Daily: Using Evidence-Based Policy to Further Equality

Grant Thornton's Robert Shea joins the podcast to discuss how the government can use policymaking to promote, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Biden Picks Merrick Garland and Three Women to Lead Justice Department

Biden’s picks for deputy attorney general, associate attorney general and assistant attorney general for civil rights are all women.

The Trump Administration’s Final Push to Make It Easier for Religious Employers to Discriminate

Last-minute policies on religious freedom clear the way for employers to hire on the basis of faith. Some of the changes won't be easy for Biden to undo.

Donald Trump Pardons Former Border Patrol Agent Gary Brugman, Who Was Convicted of Violating a Man’s Civil Rights

Brugman’s case drew national attention among conservative figures who hailed him for working to secure the U.S. border.

The Government Promised to Return Ancestral Hawaiian Land, Then Never Finished the Job

Native Hawaiians are still waiting for state and federal officials to fulfill the promises of land legislation that was signed into law 25 years ago. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said one former governor.

DOJ Frees Federal Prosecutors to Take Steps That Could Interfere With Elections, Weakening Long-standing Policy

In an internal announcement, the Justice Department created an exception to a decades-long policy meant to prevent prosecutors from taking overt investigative steps that might affect the outcome of the vote.

Microaggressions Aren’t Just Innocent Blunders – New Research Links Them with Racial Bias

White people are often defensive when they're called out for these subtle snubs and insults. But researchers have found that microaggressions correlate with racial bias.

GovExec Daily: Trump's and Biden's Leadership in Times of Racial Strife

Katherine McIntire Peters and Tom Shoop join the podcast to discuss the management and leadership aspects of the two major-party candidates in the shadow of the 2020 protests.

GovExec Daily: Federal Police Militarization and Presence at Protests

Dr. Angelica Durán-Martínez joins the podcast to discuss federal agency police at demonstrations in Portland through the lens of her research.

Black Women Are Promoted at Far Lower Rates Than White Men, Report Finds

The report, released by Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s foundation, also found that Black women are underrepresented in top leadership positions.

The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students. Once called a “stain on our Nation’s history,” the school system has let down its students for generations.