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It’s time to focus on the state of healthcare for Black women



Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Amy McGrath wins her Kentucky primary, Hong Kong’s national security law goes into effect, and we consider updates on the ERA and the state of Black women’s health. Have a wonderful Wednesday. 

– Two to take in. I’d like to direct your attention to a pair of very important—if very different!—stories on this morning.

The first comes from our colleague Maria Aspan, who has been tirelessly reporting on women’s health since she joined us last year. (If you haven’t seen it yet, I heartily recommend her recent investigation into the many dangers posted by breast implants; in the wake of her story, the FDA has increasingly cracked down on the makers of the devices.)

In her latest, Maria digs into the massive disparities in healthcare and outcomes for Black women—including the fact that, while Black women are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they are 40% more likely to die from it. The story is filled with disturbing information—including stats about the minuscule numbers of Black women who are included in medical studies of the diseases they face. It’s important reading.


A less literal matter of life and death—but still one with wide-ranging impact, is the Equal Rights Amendment. Emma has a story looking at, looking why, decades after its inception, the ERA is back in the headlines.

As anyone who knows their history (or has been watching Mrs. America!) is aware, the ERA became the fulcrum of the culture wars over feminism in the ’70s, and failed to meet a Congressionally-imposed deadline to be ratified by 38 states by 1982. But some of its supporters never gave up—the Amendment has now hit that threshold, and is the subject of a lawsuit that will determine when the ’82 deadline was legitimate.

Emma’s story focuses on the amicus brief—signed by 93 organizations—in support of the ERA. The signatories include Apple, Google, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, Hersey, the NFL, U.S. Soccer, and many more. Their argument is simple: equality is good for business. To read more about why corporate America is now backing this 40-plus-year-old amendment, read Emma’s full story here. 

Kristen Bellstrom

Today’s Broadsheet was curated by Emma Hinchliffe

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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