If Trump skips the inauguration, it may be bad for America, but it would be a gift to Biden

Graham might be right in that Trump’s appearance at a Biden inauguration might be good for the country, but it is almost certainly not ideal for Biden.

Trump, a loser, would still upstage Biden

Consider how the event could play out if Trump were in attendance. Due to the pandemic, the inauguration will already be a sparsely attended event. Hours of television footage probably won’t involve wide pans of an audience on the National Mall. Instead, there will be lingering camera shots of socially distant dignitaries.

Biden wouldn’t be the star even at his own inauguration, but inevitably the supporting actor to Trump’s leading role. Everyone would be keeping an eye on Trump. Would he sulk? Would he tweet during the event? Would he be gregarious and charming?

Instead, if reports are true, Trump will just leave out the back door. (Granted, maybe not so quietly.)

It removes the thorny question about how to handle Trump and COVID precautions

Technically, the inauguration ceremony is hosted by Congress and that is one reason why it is typically held on Capitol Hill. It is their event, and congressional leaders will be the ones figuring how many people will be allowed to witness the proceedings in person and, among other things, where they will get to sit and whether they will be required to wear a face mask.

Now enter Trump into the equation. There is the politics and messaging to the country about what Trump would do regarding rules around COVID. But then there are also legit public health concerns. Two White House events this fall seemed to have been superspreader events. This week, Trump is holding holiday events indoors that could also spread the virus.

Whether or not Trump ends up going to the inauguration, organizers need to figure out how to keep everyone there healthy.

Just imagine the potential of an iconic picture where Trump finally extends a congratulatory handshake to Biden knowing that Biden wouldn’t shake his hand because of COVID. This is a situation Biden would surely like to avoid.

If Trump attends his own rally instead, it just plays into Biden’s hands

There is also reporting in recent days that Trump not only won’t attend the inauguration, but he will also actually leave the White House and do something else: Hold a kickoff rally for a 2024 campaign.

If he does that, then he sets up a dynamic where every criticism Trump makes of Biden going forward, he isn’t doing it as a former president, but as Biden’s chief political opponent. That lessens the impact of the criticism since Trump is then a loser looking for a rematch.

Trump wouldn’t even need to both hold a rally and announce another bid for president. He could just suggest it in a tweet as he flies away on Marine One.

Biden would then be facing an opponent he already beat, have all the advantages of the presidency, and Trump will freeze the GOP field, potentially hampering other candidates who

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South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2020-2025 with 2019 as the Base Year – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The report gives an all-round analysis of the South American pet care market, which is increasing day by day. In this, the millennial plays a considerable role in pet adoption as they consider the pet as humans and are willing to take care of them.

As urbanization continues and disposable income rises, more consumers are turning towards pet companionship. As South American people shifted from pet ownership to pet parenthood, opportunities in every pet care segment have increased for any company that wants to capitalize on it.

The rise of e-commerce and other technologies have pushed the market on the path of growth. As the ownership of pets is increasing, the segments associated with the pet care market like pet accessories, pet grooming, pet healthcare, are also rising, with people are becoming aware of pet health, well-being, and comfort.

Globally, the South American pet care market stands at fourth position, which has generated a revenue of above USD 9 Billion. The pet care market is still at a growing stage but has posted the fastest growth when compared to the top three regions globally. In certain countries, the grooming and accessories market is not explored to its maximum & thus providing opportunities to the companies.

The pet food market has the largest share in the South American pet care market, as the people are becoming more aware and responsible for what they are feeding to their pets. This growing awareness will let the market grow with an expected CAGR of above 6% in the forecasted period till the year 2025.

The pet food market is followed by pet services, which include accessories, healthcare, and grooming. The overall market trend related to pet grooming products has been observed with both the economical and premium quality being in demand.

In countries like Brazil and Argentina, people are spending more on the health and well-being of the pet, which has given a significant growth in the grooming service segment. Pet grooming products have observed the fastest growth at a rate of 6% CAGR historically. Brazil has established itself among the top five pet care markets globally in terms of the retail value of sales over the past few years, achieving tremendous growth even during the economic recession the country has faced since 2014.

Major players in the market

  • Nestle SA
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • J M Smucker
  • Blue-Buffalo
  • Champion Pet Foods
  • NicoluzziRacoes
  • United Pet Group Inc

Considered for the report:

  • Base year: 2019
  • Estimated year: 2020
  • Forecasted year: 2025

Key Topics Covered:

1 Executive Summary

2 Methodology

3 Regional Analysis

4 Global Pet Population Analysis

4.1 By Country (Dog/ Cat/ Bird/ Fish)

5 Global Pet Care Market Outlook

5.1 Market Size By ValueBy Segment

5.2 Market Share

5.3 Global Pet Food Market Outlook

5.4 Global Pet Healthcare Market Outlook

5.5 Global Pet Accessories Market Outlook

5.6 Global Pet Grooming Market Outlook

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Women’s movement sweeps Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions

By Daina Beth Solomon and Cassandra Garrison



a little girl standing in front of a tree: Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City


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Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Several weeks pregnant and about to start a job away from home, Lupita Ruiz had no doubts about wanting to end her pregnancy, despite knowing she could face jail time for having an abortion under a law in her state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.    

    She asked friends for help until she found a doctor two hours from her town who agreed to do it in secret.

    Five years later, lawmakers in Chiapas are set to consider an initiative to halt prosecutions of women who terminate their pregnancies, part of a movement sweeping Latin America to loosen some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.

Several out of more than 20 Latin American nations ban abortion outright, including El Salvador, which has sentenced some women to up to 40 years in prison. Most countries, including Brazil, the region’s most populous, allow abortion only in specific circumstances, such as rape or health risk to the mother.



a person standing in front of a statue with Coit Tower in the background: Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City


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Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City

Just Uruguay and Cuba allow elective abortions.

In Mexico, a patchwork of state restrictions apply, but the debate is shifting, Ruiz said.

    “When someone talked about abortion, they were shushed,” said the 27-year-old activist, who helped draft the Chiapas initiative. “Now I can sit down to eat a tamale and have a coffee and talk with my mom and my grandma about abortion, without anyone telling me to be quiet.”

Change is palpable across the predominantly Roman Catholic region. A new Argentine president proposed legalization last month, Chilean activists are aiming to write broader reproductive rights into a new constitution, and female lawmakers in Mexico are resisting abortion bans.    

The push can be traced to Argentina’s pro-abortion protests in 2018 by as many as one million women to back a legalization bill that only narrowly failed to pass – in Pope Francis’s home country.



a person standing in front of a brick wall: Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City


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Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City

Catalina Martinez, director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy organization, said Argentina’s example inspired protests across Latin America.

“It was an awakening,” she said.

Outrage at worsening gender violence in Latin America, where the number of femicides has doubled in five years, has also spread awareness of the abortion rights movement and fueled demands for recognition of women’s rights in a conservative, male-dominated society.

“Women are finally understanding that they are not separate issues,” said Catalina Calderon, director for campaigns and advocacy programs at the Women’s Equality Center. “It’s the fact that you agree that we women are in control of our bodies, our decisions, our lives.”



a young girl holding a flower: Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City


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North America Smart Clothing Market to record substantial gains by 2024

Selbyville, Delaware, United States, November 19 2020 (Wiredrelease) Global Market Insights, Inc :The study on North America Smart Clothing Market provides a complete view on the industry with intricate details subject to its overall stance in the global landscape along with specifying various applications across major end-user sectors.

The North America smart clothing industry, as per the given report, recorded valuation of USD 150 million in 2017 and would cross to a mammoth of USD 3 billion by 2024, growing at a rate of 50%. The market report showcases data on the current market situation, evolving technologies, provides details on market rivals, market strategies, future growth prospects, and vivid market segmentations.

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Further, the report also puts forth various factors that are potentially driving the revenue graph of the industry over the time, along with offering details of the ongoing trends that the given industry is characterized by.

According to the analysis, North American smart clothing market has been divided into multiple segments including produt, application, regions, and expansive competitive landscape.

Based on product, the smart clothing market is classified into t-shirts, pants, shoes, undergarments, socks and jackets. Smart jackets enable the use of several internet and data-based applications without physically operating the actual electronic devices. The jackets include beneficiary features that connect music and camera applications along with the mobile device charging facility. All these factors will boost the smart wearable industry in the North American region at high growth rates.

As per the given document, North America smart clothing market has been diversified into U.S., Canada whose comprehensive analysis has been mentioned in the study. It also includes factors and trends that are deemed to promote the growth of regional markets, each regions individual market share and size, technologies used, governmental laws and regulations, and other factors.

Themarket is majorly driven by the increasing investments of professional athletes and sports persons for performance optimization and potential injury prevention. Leading sports associations across the U.S. are focusing on providing intelligent garments to the players to attain health benefits and improve their productivity. Rapid urbanization and enhanced consumer lifestyles are the factors that are further developing the smart clothing market. The growing awareness of consumers in the North American smart clothing market toward health and fitness propels the demand for these technologies. The industry offers a wide range of connected clothes and apparels with GPS tracking and lightweight alternatives.

The smart clothing industry in North America is highly fragmented and claims the presence of top-notch companies operating the realm including DuPont, Google Inc., Clothing Plus Ltd., Adidas AG, Schoeller Textil AG, Interactive Wear AG, Outlast Technologies LLC, Hexoskin, Lumo Bodytech, Inc., AiQ Smart Clothing, Inc., and Ralph Lauren. Market analysis of this segment highlights details on the sales growth of each of these companies, their strategic initiatives, individual company profiles, market share, and position in the worldwide ecosystem.

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Chapter 4.North America Smart Clothing Market Size, by Product, 2013 2024

T-shirtPantsShoesUndergarmentsJacketsSocks

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France Postpones Black Friday Shopping Day By One Week | Voice of America

PARIS – The shopping holiday known as Black Friday has been postponed for a week in France, as major retailers have accepted the government’s request for delay to help small shop owners, still closed due to the pandemic.

With more than $7 billion in sales last year, Black Friday has become a major event in France and a good deal for customers ahead of Christmas. But this year is different, and once again COVID-19 takes the blame for it.  

Non-essential small shops, such as those not selling food, are currently closed under health restrictions in the country. Therefore, they have been struggling and the competition from supermarkets or online retailers is considered unfair.  

FILE – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire attends a press conference, June 10, 2020.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire called this week for a one-week delay for Black Friday to ensure the reopening of small stores “under maximum safety conditions.” 

Le Maire said he demanded that all key economic players, like supermarkets and online retailers, be responsible. 

Surprisingly to many, Auchan and Carrefour, the main supermarket chains in the country, accepted the offer. Even the giant online retailer Amazon agreed to the measure. 

Facing huge backlash in France for increasing its sales by between 40% and 50% while small businesses remain closed, Amazon said it would postpone its sales event for a week.  

FILE – The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, March 19, 2020.

Fredric Duval, CEO of Amazon France, said Amazon is paying attention to society and authorities, and in consensus with other big retailers, decided to postpone Black Friday until December 4 to enable small shop owners to open before December 1. It is for the common interests, he said. 

Experts are skeptical about the announcement, as Black Friday is now a worldwide reality and authorities cannot technically prevent French customers from purchasing products on November 27 on foreign websites. 
 

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Report Finds Pregnancy & Childbirth More Dangerous For Women In America Than Other High Income Countries

For decades the disparities between women in the United States has led to maternal mortality rates that vary greatly by income, insurance type, race, ethnicity and geographic location. While rising rates of severe complications and death during pregnancy and childbirth underscored the shortcomings of the U.S. health system since 2000, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated our failings at a rapid rate.

According to a new report published by the Commonwealth Fund, Maternal Mortality and Maternity Care in the U.S. Compared to 10 Other Developed Countries, among high-income countries, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rates. In fact, a woman giving birth in the U.S. is about 10 times more likely to die than a woman giving birth in New Zealand (17.4 and 1.7 deaths per 100,000 live births, respectively). 

The international comparison looks at the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K., concluding that pregnancy and childbirth are more dangerous for American women than their 10 counterparts. Further, the study suggests health workforce shortages are current pain points that may be worsened by the coronavirus – further undermining an already faulty system.

But there is much to learn from our understanding of what makes the American health system – and women’s access to care – different from the countries of comparison. Given that the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries suggests there are a number of contributing factors, and that the issues run deep throughout our system. Further, that we have deficiencies from beginning to end of the birthing process. 

Here are the most important conclusions for consideration in America:

– U.S. women have the highest death rate from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. In 2018 there were 17 deaths per 100,000 live births – a maternal mortality rate that is more than double the rates of most other high-income countries. In comparison, the Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand experience three maternal deaths (or less) per 100,000 live births.

– 17% of maternal deaths in America occur on the day of delivery.

– A shocking 52% (more than half) of maternal deaths in the U.S. occur after birth. A period of time often referred to as the fourth trimester – usually ranging from one week to one year postpartum – is when a majority of postpartum deaths occur. 

– In 2018, the death rate for Black mothers was more than two times that for white mothers. As Covid-19 has widened disparities through the pandemic’s disproportionate health and economic burdens on Black people, racial and ethnic gaps are not only likely to persist, but potentially deteriorate for Black mothers. 

– The U.S. and Canada have the lowest overall supply of OB-GYNs and midwives, having only 12 and 15 providers per 1,000 live births, respectively. In contrast, the nine other countries in the study have a proportion two to six times greater.

– Midwives are in far lower supply in the U.S. than other high-income countries. 

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ROYAL NEIGHBORS OF AMERICA AWARDS $100,000 TO NON-PROFITS EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS ACROSS NATION

Rock Island, Ill., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From helping victims of sex trafficking and domestic abuse take their first steps into a new life, to providing food and fresh produce to the food insecure, or training the next generation of STEM professionals, and beyond, Royal Neighbors’ signature women’s empowerment program, Nation of NeighborsSM , provides financial support to ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things to help women and girls in their communities.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the US, celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding this year. Since 1895, the mission-driven organization has served the needs of its members, their families and communities by providing financial security through life insurance and annuities and a platform for localized philanthropy. To date, Royal Neighbors has given away more than $2 million in grants via its Nation of Neighbors program. This year, grant funds will support programs that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, teach at-risk youth, comfort those grieving loss, and more.   

“In a year such as this, it becomes even more obvious how, when put into action, the concept of neighbor-helping-neighbor can improve communities and change lives,” states Cynthia Tidwell, President and CEO of Royal Neighbors. “Each of this year’s eleven grant recipients is making a unique difference in her own backyard, identifying needs and overcoming challenges,” states Ms. Tidwell. “We are honored to help them expand their positive impact through this program.”

Among those recognized this year is Mary Frances Bowley, Founder and Executive Director of Wellspring Living, a multi-faceted organization that provides services for sex trafficking victims and at-risk women and girls in Metro Atlanta.

“We are so blessed and thankful,” says Ms. Bowley. The grant funds received will go to support the Women’s Academy, which offers two ten-week programs – a GED Track and a Career Track – to help clients secure sustainable employment. Ms. Bowley adds, “We simply could not do the work we do without people like Royal Neighbors recognizing the need and participating with us.”

 

Learn more about Nation of Neighbors and all eleven of the 2020 recipients here.

 

About Royal Neighbors of America

Royal Neighbors of America is a unique provider of life insurance and annuities whose mission is to protect women financially and empower them to improve their lives, families, and communities. In 1895, Royal Neighbors was founded as a membership organization by nine pioneering women who recognized the need to insure the lives of women and children and the importance of localized philanthropy. Headquartered in Rock Island, Illinois, with an operation in Mesa, Arizona, Royal Neighbors serves more than 215,000 members.  

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SIGMA America Reveals Black Friday Pricing on Popular Lenses and Accessories

SIGMA America Black Friday Pricing Alert

Limited time special pricing available on select Sigma products through authorized retailers.
Limited time special pricing available on select Sigma products through authorized retailers.
Limited time special pricing available on select Sigma products through authorized retailers.

SIGMA Cine 0% Financing

Zero percent financing for 12 months is available for SIGMA Cine lenses.
Zero percent financing for 12 months is available for SIGMA Cine lenses.
Zero percent financing for 12 months is available for SIGMA Cine lenses.

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SIGMA Corporation of America has announced limited-time Black Friday pricing on a variety of popular photography products from Sunday, November 15 through Monday, December 7, 2020 at SIGMA Authorized Dealers in the United States. SIGMA is also offering a Zero Percent Financing option for Cine lens purchases, currently available through the end of 2020, as well as discounts on purchases of multiple Cine lenses.

For the first time ever, SIGMA America will offer Instant Savings on both the acclaimed 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art zoom lens and the mirrorless-exclusive 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art. In addition, SIGMA’s most popular Art prime lenses – the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – will feature savings for a limited time, making some of the most desirable lenses in the SIGMA Art line more accessible to photographers than ever before.

SIGMA Black Friday Instant Savings (Nov. 15 – Dec. 7, 2020)

24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art – Versatile design without compromise.
$40 Savings / Price: $1,059

24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art – The leading lens for every moment.
$240 Savings / Price: $1,059

18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art – The first and fastest of its kind.
$120 Savings / Price: $679

24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art – A workhorse lens.
$100 Savings / Price: $799

35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – The original Art lens.
$200 Savings / Price: $699

50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – The Art standard.
$150 Savings / Price: $799

85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Impeccable portraiture.
$150 Savings / Price: $1,049

70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports – Lightweight, perfect for on the move.
$160 Savings / Price: $1,339

16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary – The versatile prime.
$50 Savings / Price: $399

30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary – Blend of compact and quality.
$50 Savings / Price: $289

45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary – Balanced performance and size.
$100 Savings / Price: $449

56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary – A high-precision mid-tele.
$50 Savings / Price: $429

Mount Converter MC-11 – SIGMA quality, Sony capability.
$100 Savings / Price: $149

Mount Converter MC-21 – Stay flexible with L-mount lens access.
$100 Savings / Price: $149

A number of additional SIGMA photo products – including the SIGMA fp full-frame digital camera, all-in-one 18-300mm DC Macro OS HSM | Contemporary, ultra-close focusing 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro, and both versions of the stellar 150-600mm DG OS HSM telephoto

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How Stacey Abrams Became One of the Most Inspirational Women in America

“Leadership is about answering that question: How can I help?”

That’s how Stacey Abrams summed up her worldview to The Washington Post back in May, revealing the internal inquiry that has driven much of her adult life.

It’s likely that, in the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, you’ve heard Abrams’ name quite a bit. Maybe even for the first time ever. And for good reason. Her work fighting for voting rights in Georgia has been widely credited with playing a crucial part in the state, as the count currently stands, voting for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992.

But while Abrams’ advocacy work in the Peach State has been largely tied to her defeat there in the 2018 gubernatorial race amid claims of voter suppression, it’s really part and parcel of a story that began long before then, well outside the world of politics. It’s the tale of a Black woman who has consistently dared to dream bigger than reality would seem to allow—both for herself and her country.

Election 2020: We Asked 100 Women Why They Vote

Abrams and her five brothers and sisters were raised in Gulfport, Miss., the children of a librarian mother and father who worked in a shipyard. The house she grew up in was situated in a neighborhood that gave her and her siblings access to one of the area’s better schools, giving her an early lesson on how to navigate America’s often lopsided racial division of resources.

As she told The Washington Post, “It was less a black community than we lived on a ‘black street.’ There were these two streets that were adjacent to the middle-class, predominantly white part of town to get zoned into the middle-class school…We lived on the two streets that were all black until the Brooks family came…All the streets got nicer names as you went further in, so those were predominantly white. My parents understood that education was the essential ingredient to success for both of them. My mom is the only one of her siblings to finish high school. My dad is the first man in his family to go to college.”

Stacey Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment

An avid PBS viewer—it was one of only two channels the family received—Abrams was also a voracious reader, consuming just about any printed material she could get her young hands on. “I think my mom is the reason I started reading the encyclopedia and the dictionary, because I would ask questions and she was like, ‘Go look it up.'” she said. “Finally I figured if I wanted to know everything, I just needed to read everything.”

As she told Vogue in 2019, “They expected us to want more.”

And that meant seeing themselves as equals in a world that might not always agree. In fact, Abrams and her sisters credit their father as the first feminist they ever met, she told The Washington Post. “He

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Black Girl Ventures and Experian North America Team Up to Support Black and Brown Women Founders’ Financial Education and Empowerment

Experian North America to provide visibility, entrepreneurial education, and funding to the BGV community

Black Girl Ventures (BGV) and Experian North America today announced their new partnership to increase awareness and support of Black and Brown woman-identifying founders with businesses related to credit, financial wellness and wealth building.

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Shelly Bell, Founder & CEO of Black Girl Ventures (Photo: Business Wire)

The partnership with BGV is part of Experian’s United for Financial Health initiative, which aims to empower and protect vulnerable consumers to improve their financial health through education and action. Experian North America will provide education, training and sponsored content to the BGV Community to assist them with knowledge and best practices related to financial literacy and wealth management for their businesses.

“We’re excited to launch this partnership with Experian North America to address the systemic inequities in access to credit, financial literacy and wealth building in Black and Brown communities,” said Shelly Bell, Founder & CEO of Black Girl Ventures. “Black and Brown women founders will play a key role in the economic recovery and Experian’s support will help position our community for financial empowerment and success.”

“At Experian, we are committed to helping Black and Brown women entrepreneurs and their small businesses with their financial health,” said Wil Lewis, chief diversity, inclusion and belonging officer for Experian North America. “Small businesses are pivotal to the success of our communities and ultimately our economy as a whole. We want to do our part to ensure that small businesses and their founders have the education, tools and services they need to thrive.”

The BGV and Experian North America partnership will deliver content dedicated to providing credit, financial wellness, and wealth building tips for entrepreneurs. Key topics will include how credit works, how to recover after problem debt, and how to use credit to boost incomes and build businesses. BGV will also launch a weekly podcast “From Hustling to Handling, How to Stay in Business” hosted by Shelly Bell and sponsored by Experian North America. The podcast will feature stories from successful entrepreneurs to give insights on how to sustain one’s energy and grow business acumen.

The partnership will contribute to BGV’s ongoing work to identify, disrupt, and direct flows of financial and social capital into the hands of Black and Brown women founders. As Black and Brown communities continue to reel from the impacts of COVID-19, providing access to entrepreneurial training and financial education is more important now than ever.

Investing in communities is a key pillar of Experian North America’s Corporate Responsibility program. Initiatives like United for Financial Health is one example of how the company is committed to investing time, resources and partnerships to create a better tomorrow by helping millions gain access to essential everyday services, facilitating inclusion and diversity, and managing Experian North America’s environmental footprint responsibly.

About Black Girl Ventures

Black Girl Ventures is a nonprofit organization that creates access to community,

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