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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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    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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    The Cliff Effect

    In corporate America, women fall behind early and  continue to lose ground with every step. This is an overarching theme in a new study by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company.  Women in the Workplace 2016 gives employers specific information to help promote gender equality and female leadership in their workplace. Among the findings of the […]

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    First Annual 50/50 Day May 10th

    Chrysalis is joining groups around the world to mark the first annual 50/50 Day next Wednesday, May 10.  Spearheaded by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, 50/50 Day will raise the global conversation about gender equality.   On Wednesday, May 10, thousands of organizations will hold their own gatherings – large and small – to screen Ms. […]

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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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    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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    New Census Data Sobering

    The new data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates there was an increase of 800,000 more women working in our country in 2014. However, some of the sobering data also states the poverty level among America’s children remained the same at 21 percent or 1 in 5 children. This is just one of the interesting stats that show we still have a lot of work to do for working women and girls living and striving in the United States.

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