The headline on the Second Annual Report on the Status of Women of Color in New York City from NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service released several weeks ago is about soaring rates of unemployment, imprisonment, and HIV. The analysis, drawn from census and other data, is a damning critique of several decades of government policy, the ineffectiveness of the civil rights establishment in seeking remedies for intertwined epidemics, and the failure of feminist organizations to advocate for women in need. The City Council held a hearing last month to air the specifics of the report. But even a cursory look at the figures for poverty, unemployment, education, incarceration, and mortality for Asians, blacks, Latinas, and Native Americans (census terms for the ethnic groups) provides a 10-year to-do list for social policy change or grounds for an old-fashioned multiple... More >>>