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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 Live 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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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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