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    As Housing Costs Rise, Women Face Increased Barriers to Obtaining Home Ownership

    Recent information from the Pew Charitable Trusts confirm what we are hearing from the nonprofit sector: the high cost of home rental leaves most families out of homeownership. After the 2007-09 recession more households are termed “rent burdened” spending more than 30% of their pre-tax income on housing. In fact, Census Bureau data shares that […]

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    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Although our attention has been focused on the alarm of recent news, worries about income taxes, and threats of international conflict, it is still important not to forget that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “Embrace Your Voice” is a fitting theme for 2018, since attention has exploded through the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, among […]

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    Each Day in America

    The Children’s Defense Fund is an over-40-year-old nonprofit organization advocating for children throughout the country, particularly poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities. It recently released The State of America’s Children 2017, a summary of national and state data measuring the status of children in 11 areas:  child population, child poverty, income and […]

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    A Report on Gender Diversity

    Last fall, McKinsey & Company released a report providing a look-back at 10 years of increasing gender diversity in the workplace and its contribution to the global economy. Women Matter: Ten Years of Insights on Gender Diversity highlights the company’s research on how to build gender parity in corporations, including chapters on “creating gender-neutral organizations” […]

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    Women’s History Month: Nevertheless, She Persisted

    March 1 marks the annual recognition of Women’s History Month, celebrating the courage and contributions of women throughout our history and today. First launched by the Education Task Force of Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women, “Women’s History Week” was chosen to be the week of March 8 which is also International […]

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    Toxic Masculinity

    Can masculinity be toxic?  The concept of toxic masculinity is used by psychologists to describe certain traditional norms of behavior that are associated harm – to society and to men themselves. At some point in our lives we have all been told to “man up,” toughen up,” “don’t be a softie,” or “win at all […]

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    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Chrysalis has long invested in a variety of violence prevention and awareness efforts and the organizations that deliver these services in Greater Des Moines. In 2013, Chrysalis partnered with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines to create GirlPower, a Chrysalis After-School program intervention component that focuses on reducing dating and relationship violence among girls. Each […]

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  • Gender Roles and the Holidays

    The American Psychological Association reports that only 25% of women admit to relaxing during the holidays.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 44% of women report higher stress levels: feeling the pressure to plan, shop, decorate, cook, coordinate, and entertain. Gender-coded roles also demand that we create the “perfect” holiday – media scenes of perfect domesticity, increasing […]

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    Marketing Trends for 2018

    Closing in on the end of the year, Chrysalis looks ahead for what are predicted to be marketing trends coming in the next year. Walter Thompson Intelligence is a company-driven practice to provide brand and business research, data, and analysis.  Its trend reports include Gender Bias in Advertising, the New Natural, and Food + Drink […]

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    Intersectionality of Gender and Race in US Health Outcomes

    CNN recently released a report on childbirth that presented a shocking statistic: between 700 and 1,200 women each year die from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the United States. This is more than anywhere else in the developed world. This fact is appalling in itself, but here’s even more for concern: black women are 3-4 […]

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