News - June 2021

Washington Post: Biden’s infrastructure success depends on implementation, not just ideas

Ashton Merck, Victoria Plutshack
In the 1930s and 40s, as the US Rural Electrification Administration set up electric co-operatives under the New Deal, women Home Economists drove a large electrification education campaign across the country. Their aim was to convert farmers to the electric way of life, and their experiences connecting with rural women changed the program for the better, tailoring its contents to reflect the work women actually did the farm and home. The Biden team would do well to learn this lesson: federal agencies need to be truly reflective of the communities they serve, and courting the participation of community organizations will ensure far more effective implementation.
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