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    Disparities faced by girls and women of color

    Last month, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report entitled Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity. Although the report highlights work over the last 6 years to eliminate barriers to success …

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    Ignoring your child can be a form of abuse

    How does it affect children when parents and adults ignore them? “Ignoring” too much is a form of emotional abuse that can have lasting effects on a child. Emotional abuse – termed by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics as the “psychological maltreatment …

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    Who is Sarah Josepha Hale?

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is a national holiday because of the tireless work of one woman – Sarah Josepha Hale – who spent 17 years writing to 5 United States Presidents before Abraham Lincoln considered it important to have a national holiday unifying the country …

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    You can’t be, what you can’t see

    We’ve often used the statement “you can’t be what you can’t see” when talking about the importance of girls in Chrysalis After-School meeting women in various careers. In short, once a girl sees a woman astronaut, CEO, or doctor, she learns that is possible for her. It’s long been known by …

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    Thank a Veteran

    Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11, a day to mark the remarkable service of America’s military women and men, whose distinguished service and sacrifice for our freedom has been priceless. History tells us that in November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed …

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    International Day of the Girl

    Two years ago, the United Nations declared October 11 as the “International Day of the Girl,” to raise awareness about the issues of gender inequality worldwide. This monumental task is critical for a number of reasons, and the movement provides a number of reasons why …

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    Juggling College and Child Care

    A recent article from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) delivered an eye-opening reality about another issue facing student parents – the cost of child care. The article profiled a young mother, Andrea Fitch, whose parenting experience was both a joy and challenge for her husband and for her.  The high costs of basic […]

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    Violence in Schools and Work

    Last week, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced an effort to mentor Iowa’s girls going into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, Million Women Mentors Iowa. The program’s goal is to recruit 5,000 …

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    The issue of violence continues

    With the release of second video showing professional football player Ray Rice attacking his girlfriend viciously and knocking her unconscious, much more public outcry – on both sides of the issue of violence – has hit the media. It’s disheartening …

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    Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math/Medicine (STEM)

    The newest toys and games for children are making an effort to avoid gender stereotype. They specifically intended to teach girls about careers and new concepts in what we define as “beauty.”

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