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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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Women Face Devastating Problems During the Pandemic

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
In our current pandemic, it is sometimes hard to see beyond its effects on each of our current situations. As Chrysalis has shared before, women experience more...
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Women's Impact on Counterterrorism

Monday, September 28, 2020
On Friday, September 11, 2020, we marked the 19th anniversary of the most tragic and painful event in our history – the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. As you may...
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Chrysalis Honors United States Supreme Court Justice and Advocate for Women, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Monday, September 28, 2020
This weekend, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg marked a watershed moment in the history of the Court. Established by the U.S. Constitution, the court of six members...
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21-Day Equity Challenge

Friday, September 4, 2020
United Way of Central Iowa has extended an invitation to Chrysalis and other organizations to join the 21-Day Equity Challenge, a 3-week learning opportunity...
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Childcare Expansion Would Help the Economy

Monday, August 10, 2020
As you know, Chrysalis brings the gender focus on all issues of Iowa workers looking for employment, and one in particular is the single greatest challenge to working...
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Poverty and the Income Gap

Monday, August 3, 2020
Last week, Terry Hernandez and Brooke Findley from Chrysalis were asked to join a task force of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. In the effort to plan for the state’s...
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Black Girl MATHgic

Monday, August 3, 2020
We’ve long known that girls lose confidence in their science and mathematics abilities in their adolescent years. Not only does this leave a gap in the classroom, but the trend for women in STEM...
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Women's Experience with Sexual Harassment in the Military

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Several years ago, Chrysalis held a luncheon event on Veterans Day to honor women in the military. Although we were joined by a few local women veterans, the one we selected for the keynote address was Miyoko Hikiji, who...
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Microaggressions and an Update to the Definition of Racism

Monday, July 13, 2020
This spring, Kennedy Mitchum graduated from Drake University with a double major in public relations and law, politics, and society. She can be proud of her college involvement in politics, the...
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Teaching Children About Racial Justice

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Without some guidance, children may develop racial bias from exposure to negative stereotypes, media misrepresentation, and racial disparities. It takes just a bit of attention to help...
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Women in Law Enforcement

Monday, June 29, 2020
Police officers and departments have occupied front page news over the last several weeks. Calls for defunding departments, changes in training, and outlawing dangerous tactics are among myriad options...
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Women in the Military

Monday, June 29, 2020
On June 12, 1948, President Harry Truman signed into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, acknowledging the contributions women have made to the military and allowing women...
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Memorial Day and Women's Involvement in War

Friday, June 12, 2020
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 in conflict, ranging from...
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Using a Gender Lens with the Black Lives Matter Movement

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Mourners recently paid respects to George Floyd, killed by police last week, during a memorial service amid rising tension about racial injustice, police brutality, and the centuries-long...
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Women Leadership

Friday, June 5, 2020
In a New York Times interview, former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Powers (pictured) was asked to comment on women’s leadership, how it has excelled in this time of crisis, and what...
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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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