Melissa Bradley

Melissa Bradley is CEO of Tides, a foundation that helps social change and justice organizations.

Recent Articles

A Level Playing Field for a New America

This piece is part of the Prospect' s series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years. To read the introduction, click here . A New America is rising. By 2050, people of color in the United States will comprise approximately 50 percent of the population. This shift in racial composition, however, is just one element in the nation’s transformation—sexual orientation and gender are key concerns as well. The roles that women play will continue to increase, as will their numbers. This New America has confronts distinct needs. Women are the harder hit by poverty than men, for instance; more than 20 million live below the poverty line. Women also have higher rates of single parenthood and single mothers are twice as likely to be poor than single fathers. Communities of color remain marginalized by economic inequality and huge wealth gaps. The median net worth of a white family is 20 times that of an African American family and 18 times that of a Hispanic family. Nor is the LGBT...