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    Teens and Media: The Research Continues

    This week I had the opportunity to speak to a class taught by board member Preston Daniels. Discrimination and Diversity is a popular course at Des Moines Area Community College, and it was refreshing to see the nods of recognition of the pervasive gender stereotypes presented in the media. We realize that rigid gender roles […]

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    From Executive Director, Terry Hernandez, Revisiting Iowa View (2007)

    Key to our work is understanding that we may not be able to change the way society views and treats women; rather, we work to build the resilience, self-confidence, and “grit” that girls and women need to face any challenge. Much of this work early in my “Chrysalis career” was based on what I had […]

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    Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    For over 35 years, we have recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the term includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. It is estimated that about 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner or family member in the United […]

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    A Labor Day Message

    Labor Day is here: an occasion to honor working people throughout America, a long weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, a time with family and/or friends. It’s also a reminder of how many people feel they are working harder than they ever had, but for less in return, including taking time off from work. […]

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    Meet Bonnie St. John

    There’s less than one month until our 2017 INSPIRED Event on Thursday, September 21! Chrysalis chooses speakers for our events that align with or core values, along with the work that we do to support the community. Here are some (of the many) reasons that we believe that Bonnie St. John is a great INSPIRED […]

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    Let Her Learn

    Across the country, girls are being pushed out of school.  So says a campaign by the National Women’s Law Center entitled Let Her Learn. Often, the problems begin with school suspension for what are considered “disciplinary” issues, leading to lost class time, falling behind, and dropping out.  But a majority of times, research concludes that […]

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    “Depictions, Perceptions, and Harm” In Advertising

    England’s watchdog for “truth in advertising” came out this week with strict new standards prohibiting ads that portray “potentially harmful” gender stereotypes. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the United Kingdom’s independent regulator of all media advertising.  Based in London, the agency enforces rules established by the Committee on Advertising Practice, looking to promote responsibility […]

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    Cyberbullying: A Gender Issue

    We all remember the campaign speech last fall, when future First Lady Melania Trump announced she would adopt a key issue after the election: combatting cyber-bullying.  Although the speech was met with a hearty measure of skepticism (particularly in the current online climate including her husband’s tweets), her message was important.  “It is never okay,” […]

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  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 9: Hundreds of tourists take photos of 'The Fearless Girl' statue as it stands across from the Wall Street's famous Charging Bull to draw attention to the gender equality and lack of female managers on March 09, 2017 in New York City, US. Third largest asset manager worldwide State Street Global Advisors installed the statue on March 08, 2017. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)

    Who knew that a small girl could face down Wall Street…and win?

    “Refusing to quit” is the term used by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to describe the statue’s symbolism as he explained his decision to leave the “Fearless Girl” statue in place well beyond the artist’s initial plan. “In her sort time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and […]

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    Child Abuse Resources

    With the recent tragic deaths of 2 young women in foster care, we can wonder where in the “system” were the failures that led to these tragedies.  Data published by the American Journal of Public Health reported that by the time children in this country reach age 18, one in three has come in contact […]

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