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Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Today, October 11, is the International Day of the Girl – first recognized when the United National General Assembly adopted a platform for action to advance the rights of both girls and women. At the 1995...
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Developmental Disorders and the Diagnosis Gap

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
One of the most common developmental disorders of childhood is attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder. An estimated 8.4% of children (and 2.5% of...
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What does equal rights for women really mean?

Monday, September 13, 2021
The increasingly dangerous evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies has caused our country, once again, to be deeply divided. As well, concern over the Taliban takeover and...
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Dove Self-Esteem Project

Monday, August 23, 2021
Many of us grew up using the “beauty bar,” Dove soap (“with cold cream,” according to the advertisements. Over time, the company has become known through its Campaign for Real Beauty, which today is...
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June is Pride Month: Focusing on Marginalized Gender/s

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Des Moines is unique in celebrating Pride this year – rather than only a few days, the event spans the 30 days of June. This new way to celebrate involves activities at dozens of venues to allow as...
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Trauma, Toxic Stress, and New Interventions

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
By now, many of us are aware of the role of trauma in peoples’ lives. The challenges of toxic stress has been clinically proven to affect brain development in utero and throughout...
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The Girl Declaration

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
In 2015, the Nike Foundation asked over 500 girls who were living in poverty what they needed for a chance to reach their greatest potential. With the help of dozens of global organizations working with...
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Take Action to Support Sexual Assault Victims

Monday, April 19, 2021
April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but that acknowledgement doesn’t mean the prevalence of this problem is understood. In 2020, Iowa’s Crime...
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Monday, April 12, 2021
In the United States, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Acknowledgement that this occurs, however, doesn’t begin to identify the...
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Although we’re just beginning the second quarter of 2021, the amount of hate and violence we’ve witnessed has been appalling. A continuation of the vitriol that has...
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Demographic Changes in the Workforce: Future for Women and Girls

Monday, March 29, 2021
The past year has presented unprecedented change, primarily due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The workforce does and will continue to evolve. But changing demographics,...
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There Can Be No Gender Justice Without Racial Justice

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
There can not be gender justice until there is racial justice. This is the view of countless women’s and social justice organizations after a 21-year-old white man...
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Celebrating Our Founder

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
March 7, 2021 is the 113th anniversary of Louise Noun’s birth. It seems appropriate that today – a day during Women’s History Month and a day preceding International Women’s Day – we take moment to...
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The Women of Iowa's History

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
At Chrysalis Foundation, we believe women and girls do remarkable things. Women’s achievements came to the forefront this year as we celebrated the inauguration of our country’s first female...
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Wrongful Adultification

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
In June of 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality released a startling report entitled Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood. Through a quantitative...
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Celebrating Black History Month

Friday, February 12, 2021
As we celebrate and recognize Black History month, we have revisited this video. This is 8-year-old Lola, a young girl who dresses as the Black women who...
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What Chrysalis is Doing to Prevent Girls and Women from Experiencing Domestic Violence

Monday, February 1, 2021
As you know, Chrysalis believes that personal safety is one of the most critical basic needs of women, and that every woman and girl deserves to feel safe in...
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Chrysalis Wants Freedom from Violence for All Girls and Women

Monday, January 25, 2021
Chrysalis prioritizes community investments in safety for all girls and women. Our definition of safety begins with freedom from violence, which is one of the most...
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Toxic Masculinity and the US Capitol Attack

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The events of the past week have been traumatizing for all. The mob that ravaged our nation’s Capital horrified and alarmed us, and for many the event was triggering for people who face...
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Cultural Changes Expected in 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021
It’s 2021 and most of us are delighted to close the book on 2020, hoping for better days ahead. A recent article in ForbesWomen pointed out a few positive cultural changes...
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Recognizing All of the December Holidays

Saturday, December 12, 2020
According to Diversity Best Practices, an organization of diversity thought leaders (and a division of Working Mother Media), “What were once deemed as primary (race, gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, abilities, age, religion) and secondary (socioeconomic, education, geography, family, job function) dimensions of diversity are now overlapping.” The company scans corporate...
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A Woman Coined the Term Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
As with so many pieces of our history, the true story of Thanksgiving is credited to the efforts of a woman – a 19th century writer: Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. Although she is more...
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Many Women and Mothers Let Go During to the Pandemic

Monday, November 30, 2020
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing women out of the workforce at an alarming rate. In September, for example, about 617,000 women left the workforce, compared to...
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Women in Politics and the Glass Ceilings We Are Still Breaking

Monday, November 9, 2020
The daughter of immigrant parents, she was the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first Black American and first woman to launch a campaign for the presidency...
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Chrysalis Priority: Economic Empowerment and Wage Equity

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Chrysalis includes economic empowerment as a core priority in our work. Among the issues involved in economic empowerment is the persistent gender pay gap; across the...
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Caregiving and the Policy Changes Needed

Monday, November 2, 2020
November is National Family Caregivers Month, honoring millions of caregivers across the country taking care of aging parents, children, and ill or disabled family...
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