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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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    Women and Heroin Addiction

    Earlier this month, we heard from Chrysalis grantees that the newest and most  difficult problem they face in the women and girls they serve is addiction to heroin.  Heroin is in a class of drugs known as opioids, which include prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl.  They work on a naturally occurring […]

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    2015 Community Grant Partners

    On Monday, December 8th, Chrysalis Foundation awarded its annual Community Partner grants to Greater Des Moines based agencies that have a mission to improve the lives of women and girls. “Chrysalis partners with organizations that assist girls …

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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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    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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    When was it excusable to punch a woman in the face?

    As you’ve heard, NFL player Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was suspended from 2 games for literally knocking out his then-girlfriend (now wife) Janay and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator where this occurred. He was also fined …

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    Financial Literacy is Key

    A recent study by Rutgers University proved, yet again, that financial literacy is key to economic stability and quality of life – particularly a violence-free life. Victims of domestic violence experience not only physical and sexual abuse. Many victims …

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    Tina Frundt — Human Trafficking Events Recap

    Tina told us that at each public event, trafficking victims approached her afterwards and asked for help. She and Mike Ferjak have coordinated appropriate responses for approximately 10 local victims.

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    Sex Trafficking in Iowa

    The sex trafficking of girls and women is a pervasive and systemic problem happening throughout Iowa and our nation. Fueled by poverty and violence, along with the societal tolerance of men purchasing sex with young girls, human trafficking affects us all.

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