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Memorial Day and Women's Military Involvement

Thursday, May 28, 2020
On Monday we celebrated Memorial Day, a day to honor the brave women and men who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Over 1,340,000 Americans have died...
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Moms During Covid-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020
NowThis, an online video news site, provides information and updates on current events. It posted this entertaining video on Mother’s Day to recognize how moms...
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Mental Health Awareness Month

Thursday, May 14, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, recognized each year to combat the stigma, educate the public, and provide support to persons struggling with mental illness and their families. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one...
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Signal for Help Campaign

Monday, May 11, 2020
As we know, April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and 2020 raised concern for potential uptick in incidents of sexual and domestic assault due to home confinement caused by COVID-19. Living with an abusive partner...
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Women and Their Accomplishments

Sunday, May 3, 2020
Earlier this month a new miniseries entitled “Mrs. America” debuted, recounting the story of Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist who led a fight against passage of the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s. This...
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Monday, April 20, 2020
Every 73 seconds, a person in the United States is sexually assaulted. Every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. These startling statistics calls attention to...
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Women's History Month

Thursday, March 26, 2020
As you know, March is Women’s History Month, and Sunday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. In our newsletter, Chrysalis Connection, you learned that this year’s theme for International Women’s Day...
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The Chrysalis Foundation's Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
With rapidly-changing warnings about the effect of the coronavirus (which causes the respiratory illness Covid-19), we’re all tuned in to the CDC and public health...
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Part of the Problem: Redlining

Monday, March 16, 2020
Much like the rest of our country, racism and racist practices were prevalent in law and social code in Iowa long before Iowa became a state. In 1838, Iowa adopted the...
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The Escalating Problem of Child Sex Abuse Imagery

Friday, February 28, 2020
Last fall, The New York Times issued a series of articles about the rapidly-escalating evil of child sex abuse imagery across the internet. “The images are horrific. Children, some just 3...
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Human Trafficking: It's Right Here

Monday, February 10, 2020
It’s challenging to find reliable data around the issue of human trafficking.  Although this type of human slavery has existed for longer than we can document, it’s risen...
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Dangers for Children Online

Monday, February 10, 2020
In our educational activities, we often share the perils the internet poses for children, particularly for girls, as they may easily become victims of online predators and...
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Racism and It's Impact on Women

Friday, January 24, 2020
Monday, January 20 marked Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday recognizing the birthday of a man renowned for his nonviolent activism during the civil rights...
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Tech is Now the Norm.. and Other Findings of 2019

Thursday, January 23, 2020
At the end of every year, the Pew Research Center publishes fascinating lists of is most noteworthy findings, and 2019 was no different. Ranging from demographics to...
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Living in Danger

Friday, January 10, 2020
In 2019, the Thomson Reuters Foundation released a list of the top 10 most dangerous countries for women. Using a survey of over 550 experts on women’s issues, India was...
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For Chrysalis, Safety is THE Priority

Thursday, December 19, 2019
As we end our 30th year, we celebrate the progress Chrysalis has made. However, data and recent events show us that we have much more work to do. This week’s murder of a young Barnard College woman in...
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Chrysalis After-School, the Chrysalis Foundation’s Investment in Central Iowa’s Future

Sunday, December 15, 2019
School-age kids spend 80% of their waking hours outside of school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a national think tank that provides research, advocacy, and...
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Reflecting on Mentoring Myths

Monday, November 18, 2019
This week, Chrysalis Executive Director, Terry Hernandez, was part of an event presented by Business Publications that recognized women and the messages they would convey to their younger selves. As...
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Honoring Our Veterans, Highlighting Women’s Military Service

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Monday, November 11, was the 100th anniversary of “Armistice Day,” now known as Veterans Day, which in 1919 marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for the annual observance honoring Veterans of all wars, and beginning in 1938, Veterans Day became a national...
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Resilience: An Antidote to Oppression in Adolescence

Monday, November 11, 2019
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and its partners recently supported a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled The Promise of Adolescence:...
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Mental Illness and the Stigma

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 5 children living in our country show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder. ...
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evaluating personal change

Monday, October 21, 2019
During a recent meeting with one of our grant partners, we learned (among other things) about a new tool mental health and substance abuse practitioners can use to measure how well...
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International Day of the Girl

Monday, October 14, 2019
October 11 was  International Day of the Girl, commemorated by this video from UN Women, a United Nations entity working toward equality and empowerment for women and girls worldwide....
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be aware of domestic violence

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, first recognized in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a day to connect advocates...
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Priorities to Aid Women and the Economy Overall

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Women’s earnings and economic security are central to the health and well-being of all households and the overall economy. Here are a few policy priorities that will improve the economy for everyone: 1.                    Cut poverty in half by ensuring...
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Monday, September 16, 2019
Thank you to those who joined us this week to view DOLORES, the documentary about our INSPIRED speaker Dolores Huerta. Thanks, as well, to Drake student and Chrysalis intern Jocelyn Rimes for planning and implementing this...
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We Can Do It- Overcoming Barriers

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
A 2017 study from the National Women’s Law Center looked into the challenges that face girls of color in achieving their education. Researchers surveyed over 1,000 girls...
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Project Achieve

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
We’ve always assumed that high school graduation is an opening to college and career. But new research has shown that fewer than half of students graduating from high school...
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Protecting Girls Mental Health

Friday, August 30, 2019
We’ve long known that it’s tough to be a teenager. It’s one of the major reasons we started Chrysalis After-School programs in 1998 – adolescence brings on such...
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Hidden Women in Science

Friday, August 30, 2019
There is a phenomenon known as the Matilda Effect that hurts many women in STEM fields. It is defined as the refusal to acknowledge scientific discoveries made by female...
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Giving Women More Business Power

Friday, August 30, 2019
The Working Mother Research Institute recently reported that although women hold 25% of executive suite positions at the 1,000 largest U.S. corporations, only 6% were CEOs – the others were as...
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Women's Fight for Equal Rights

Monday, August 26, 2019
August 26 is the day of the year that is designated as Women’s Equality Day in the United States. First established by Congressional Representative Bella Abzug in 1971, it...
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Fort Des Moines

Thursday, July 11, 2019
When the US entered World War 1 in 1917, training had just begun for new recruits. Although thousands of black Americans enlisted, the federal government attempted to limit the...
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Chrysalis Receives Support From Hy-Vee

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Chrysalis Foundation Awarded $5,000 by Hy-Vee, Inc. donation will provide support and services for women and girls in Central...
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