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    Women’s Equality Day

    Yesterday marked the 98th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, which is the celebration of women winning the right to vote.  2018 is projected to be a significant year for women running for office, so it is particularly important to understand the importance of voting as a key civil right. Women have long outnumbered men in […]

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    A Report on Gender Diversity

    Last fall, McKinsey & Company released a report providing a look-back at 10 years of increasing gender diversity in the workplace and its contribution to the global economy. Women Matter: Ten Years of Insights on Gender Diversity highlights the company’s research on how to build gender parity in corporations, including chapters on “creating gender-neutral organizations” […]

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    Women’s History Month: Nevertheless, She Persisted

    March 1 marks the annual recognition of Women’s History Month, celebrating the courage and contributions of women throughout our history and today. First launched by the Education Task Force of Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women, “Women’s History Week” was chosen to be the week of March 8 which is also International […]

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    Intersectionality of Gender and Race in US Health Outcomes

    CNN recently released a report on childbirth that presented a shocking statistic: between 700 and 1,200 women each year die from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the United States. This is more than anywhere else in the developed world. This fact is appalling in itself, but here’s even more for concern: black women are 3-4 […]

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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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    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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    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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