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    Reviewing Iowa’s Current Mental Health Support System for Children

    Last year, a Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being Workgroup was created in response to direction from the Iowa Legislature – its purpose was to review and make recommendations on the current support system to Iowa’s children and families.  The Central Iowa Workgroup was led by Orchard Place, and it developed a proposed mental health crisis […]

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    Family Attitudes Change as Moves Toward Gender Equality Slows in US

    There’s a new attitude in town, and it may not be what we expect. Drawing data from nearly 40 years of surveys taken by high school seniors, sociologists found that millennials (born between 1982 and the early 2000s) have a shift in thinking about gender.  Although over 90% of millennials believe that women should have […]

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    Another Approach to Promoting Pay Equity in Business

    Bonnie St. John, Chrysalis Inspired 2017 keynote speaker recently penned an editorial printed by The Huffington Post: We Already Know How to Close the Gender Pay Gap, earlier this month. Quoting St. John: “Instead of exhorting leaders to work toward equity, their [Salesforce’s] CEO, Marc Benioff, simply mandated that his company would eliminate unequal pay…(he) raised salaries of women and […]

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    Proposed Trump Budget through A Gender Lens

    Our work at Chrysalis involves helping decision-makers take into account how their decisions may disproportionately affect girls and women.  In this light, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the proposed budget received by Congress last week so that you gain an understanding of this “gender lens.” If the proposed 2018 budget would pass […]

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    Louise Rosenfield Noun, March 7, 1908-August 23, 2002

    Happy Birthday Louise! I never had the chance to thank you. In 1997, you hired me as the first executive director for Chrysalis, and I am grateful to you every day. You were the first person to ask me if I was a “feminist.” You taught me to stand up for what I believe. To […]

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    Dolls Are Not Just for Girls

    Some of us have never heard of an “American Girl” doll.  Those who have, know that Mattel, an age-old toymaker familiar for its Barbie and Ken dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Matchbox cars, also know that the American Girl doll series is both culturally diverse and educational.  Originally, the product line focused on teaching girls […]

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    Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

    February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month – which emphasizes the importance of Chrysalis’ partnership with Mercy Medical Center to deliver GirlPower, the healthy relationship/violence prevention lessons for girls in Chrysalis After-School (CAS) programs. We developed GirlPower several years ago, after a series of community violence prevention gatherings (convened by Mercy Medical […]

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    “This Is What It Feels Like”

    Catcalling is something girls and women have long endured.   But in a new art exhibit, “This Is What It Feels Like” (its opening panel appears to the left) has received a powerful response from men who left the exhibit in tears – and with new empathy for what women and girls are subjected to […]

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    “A Typical American Girl” Today

    When Chrysalis shares information with others about what it’s like to be a “typical American girl” today, here are some of the sobering statistics given: WE ARE CONSTANTLY TOLD THAT TO BE “ACCEPTABLE,” WE MUST BE YOUNG, THIN, WHITE – OR AT LEAST LIGHT-SKINNED – PERFECTLY MADE UP, SEXY, AND APPEALING TO MEN…A MESSAGE MOST […]

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    Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

    Several significant events are approaching, including the commemoration of the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  The news will certainly erupt with countless  stories of these events and related activities.   Bu don’t forget in the context of these […]

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