10 features from the week
Newsworthy by Faculty Member
Newsworthy for Soto, Victoria M. DeFrancesco
If the trend continues, advocates warn it could wipe out decades of gains.
As of January, federal labor statistics showed that more than 2.3 million women had left the workforce since COVID-19 first hit the U.S., plummeting their labor force participation rate (those working or looking for work) to its lowest level since 1988. Women of color have been hit especially hard. In December, for example, the U.S. economy lost 227,000 net jobs: More than 86 percent of them were held by women, the majority of whom were Black and Latinx.
10 features from the week
In 2021, more women than ever before are serving in elected office, and Americans saw the first woman and first woman of color sworn in as vice president. However, women still make up less than 30% of elected officials nationwide, and only 26% of the state legislature in Texas. That’s why the LBJ Women's Campaign School recently opened applications for its eight-month virtual program, which trains women to run for elected office or become campaign managers.
'Es momento para empezar un capítulo nuevo': analista habla de su optimismo ante el Gobierno de Biden
Victoria DeFrancesco, analista política, dice que "entramos heridos" a la toma de posesión de Joe Biden, pero asegura sentirse optimista ante la nueva administración. "Nos va a permitir como país sanar estas heridas," agregó.
Obama White House veterans Julie Chávez Rodriguez and Adrian Saenz are heading back to Pennsylvania Avenue this week with a sense of urgency and a feeling of starting from scratch.
President-elect Joe Biden made himself scarce on purpose Tuesday, while President Trump denied responsibility for the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol carried out in his name and set off for a kind of anti-immigration victory romp along the Texas border.
Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto tells the Standard how political theater has consequences, and that the electoral college is "on the chopping block."
2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Alejandra Castillo (MPAff '98) and Lauren Rose (MPAff '10) talk about using LBJ's lessons in public service
Two public affairs graduates were honored as outstanding alumni of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on Dec. 14. Alejandra Castillo, (MPAff '98), president and CEO of the YWCA, is the recipient of the school’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA). Lauren Rose (MPAff '10), public policy director at the Texas Network of Youth Services, is the recipient of the Rising Leader Award (RLA).
- 1 of 12
- next ›