Month: February 2019

When I was furloughed, I couldn’t pay for child care. It set off a financial chain reaction.

The day before the government shut down in 2013, my boss gathered the entire department for an impromptu meeting. My co-workers and I made a circle of crossed-armed bodies and frowning, silent mouths as we listened to our director read us the talking points on what we should do if the House of Representatives failed to appropriate funds for fiscal year 2014. Everyone circled around the question no one knew the answer to: Would we get paid if the government shut down?

The high cost of college textbooks, explained

Hannah, a senior at a private university in New York City, can’t think of a single semester when she bought all the books she needed for her classes. “Even when I was studying abroad,” she said, “there was no way for me to get through the semester without dropping $500-plus on textbooks, which I couldn’t afford.”

How the global gag rule undermines Ivanka Trump’s plan to empower women

Ivanka Trump has her next project.The president’s daughter and senior adviser is heading the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which seeks to economically empower women in foreign countries. The project is launching with funding from the US Agency for International Development and will eventually give up to $300 million to 10 US government agencies to help a projected 50 million women around the world become economically independent by 2025.