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    Women at Ground Zero: Honoring the Women Heroes of 9/11, A Reflection

    Twelve years ago today (September 11, 2006), Chrysalis marked the 5th anniversary of one of the most horrific days our country had experienced: 9/11. For any American, these numbers bring back devastating sights and sounds we experienced when nearly 3,000 people died during terrorist attacks at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, U.S. […]

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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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    Review: The Great American Lie

    As we gear up for a remarkable presentation from Tiffany Shlain, our 2018 INSPIRED Event speaker, we are learning how important film can be in shifting our awareness of the world around us – both positively and negatively. Shlain’s studies in character and curiosity encourage us to think broadly and differently about how we perceive […]

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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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  • Gender Roles and the Holidays

    The American Psychological Association reports that only 25% of women admit to relaxing during the holidays.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 44% of women report higher stress levels: feeling the pressure to plan, shop, decorate, cook, coordinate, and entertain. Gender-coded roles also demand that we create the “perfect” holiday – media scenes of perfect domesticity, increasing […]

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    From Executive Director, Terry Hernandez, Revisiting Iowa View (2007)

    Key to our work is understanding that we may not be able to change the way society views and treats women; rather, we work to build the resilience, self-confidence, and “grit” that girls and women need to face any challenge. Much of this work early in my “Chrysalis career” was based on what I had […]

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    Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    For over 35 years, we have recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the term includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. It is estimated that about 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner or family member in the United […]

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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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    Meet Bonnie St. John

    There’s less than one month until our 2017 INSPIRED Event on Thursday, September 21! Chrysalis chooses speakers for our events that align with or core values, along with the work that we do to support the community. Here are some (of the many) reasons that we believe that Bonnie St. John is a great INSPIRED […]

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    “Depictions, Perceptions, and Harm” In Advertising

    England’s watchdog for “truth in advertising” came out this week with strict new standards prohibiting ads that portray “potentially harmful” gender stereotypes. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the United Kingdom’s independent regulator of all media advertising.  Based in London, the agency enforces rules established by the Committee on Advertising Practice, looking to promote responsibility […]

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