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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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    2016: A Reflection

    As we approach year-end, you may not realize that this year we will experience a “leap second,” when an extra second will be added to world clocks in adjustment to the earth’s rotation relative to the sun.  Believe it or not, there is a tremendous effect of this change when we consider all the world’s […]

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    What Sustains Us

    What sustains us.   So much to think about as 2016 comes to an end. We can expect many changes over the coming months and years, but one thing is certain: the answer to all that challenges us is right here in front of us. It’s in our homes, in our schools, in our shelters […]

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    Work Scheduling Issues and Unintended Consequences

    We’ve long known that the majority of low-wage workers are women (paying less than $10.50/hour).  Roughly 2/3 of all low-wage workers are women, most who are challenged by work scheduling or policies that affect their ability to take care of other responsibilities including caregiving (children or parents), pursuing an education, participating in training, or working […]

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    What is Wealth: A Gender Perspective

    So much recent discussion –on both local and national levels- has been about the challenge of income and wealth gaps.  But those looking for solutions most often focus on income – raising minimum wage, skills training, connecting people to employment opportunities.  The impact of this inequality has major implications for women, especially if the focus […]

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    Chrysalis’ Work in Responding To and Preventing Youth Violence

    Youth violence is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. The CDC defines youth violence as the “intentional use of physical force or power by a young person between the ages of 10 and 24 to threaten or harm other people.  Young people’s involvement can be as perpetrators, victims, […]

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