In Imperial County, California, just outside San Diego, 5.5 percent of teenage girls become pregnant every year. That’s twice the rate in the rest of the state. This presents two mysteries: Why is teen pregnancy so rampant here when it’s been declining to record lows statewide? And why has it received so little attention? In her recent PhD dissertation, my guest solved both of these mysteries. What she found will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about women’s health care — and the politics that determine whether it’s accessible for all.
In this episode, inspirational speaker and social work professor Melissa Bird brings us face-to-face with American women who form the very bedrock of their communities — and their incredible, invisible struggle to take care of themselves.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 14: Why So Many Women Can’t Access Health Care”
You may think politics isn’t for you. It’s for the elites. It’s for the rich and powerful. It isn’t for people who look like you or talk like you or live like you. Well, that may be the world we’ve constructed, but it’s not right. It’s not inevitable. And it’s not the future. You deserve better. Still not convinced? Good, then this episode is for you. Unlock your passion for public policy and learn how you can become a part of the solution you’ve always longed for.
In this episode, inspirational speaker and social work professor Melissa Bird knocks down the misconceptions that marginalize us and replaces them with the attitude we need to take on the injustices in our nation today.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 13: How to Stop Feeling Marginalized and Start Engaging in Politics”