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Five Women Who Transformed Media in 2012

By Mariah Craven on December 21st, 2012

women_Media“You cannot be what you cannot see,” is one of those adages that works in a lot of contexts, none more so than inspiring girls, young adults and women to believe that it’s possible to follow their dreams and reach their full potential. Here are our five favorite moments in 2012 where women and girls stepped into the media spotlight and inspired us.

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Five Policies That Impacted Women & Their Families in 2012

By Mariah Craven on December 20th, 2012

IMG_1244At The Women’s Foundation, we pay close attention to policies that affect women and their families throughout the year. Here are five that we’ve kept tabs on in 2012.

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Top Blog Posts of 2012

By Shae Harris on December 19th, 2012

An election, volunteering, a new logo, historic events, and opportunities to learn more about the needs and lives of women in our community. 2012 was a very busy year at Washington Area Women’s Foundation and much of it was captured on our blog. Here are our favorite blog posts of the year:

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Closing Achievement Gap for Students Begins Before Kindergarten

By Shae Harris on December 5th, 2012

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A growing number of states, including Virginia, are opting out of mandates set by the No Child Left Behind law and in the process creating new goals for students that are sparking great controversy. NPR reports that Virginia has set “new education goals that are higher for white and Asian kids than for blacks, Latinos and students with disabilities.”

According to Virginia’s board of education, the new standards are based on students’ previous test scores in reading and math. Historically, minority, disabled and impoverished students have scored lower than their white, Asian, and wealthier counterparts on standardized tests and thus will be held to a different standard. Proponents of the plan say it will give underperforming students a chance to catch up.  Critics argue that the practice will lower standards for minority students and won’t narrow the achievement gap.

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A Thanksgiving Message to Our Donors, Grantee Partners, Supporters & Friends

By Mariah Craven on November 21st, 2012

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Honor Women Veterans With Thanks & Resources

By Mariah Craven on November 9th, 2012

women_in_military1-300x248“I wasn’t a loser,” Misha McLamb told the Associated Press earlier this year. Far from being a loser, the Navy aircraft specialist and mother of one served her country overseas before returning to the US and finding herself homeless.

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A Woman’s Vote is a Woman’s Voice

By Mariah Craven on November 5th, 2012

duty-poster-smallElection Day is almost here! Whether you’re preparing to celebrate or ready to cry from campaign exhaustion, I hope you’re going to take the opportunity to vote on November 6th. I’m always shocked and a little disappointed when a woman tells me that she’s not planning on voting. And then I break out my top five reasons for why she should:

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Hurricane Sandy Resources

By Mariah Craven on October 30th, 2012

The thoughts and prayers of Washington Area Women’s Foundation are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance, please refer to the resources below. Although the storm has passed, many remain affected by the aftermath. We will be updating this list in the coming hours and days. If you have a resource to add, please e-mail communications@wawf.org.

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A Lot Left Unsaid at Presidental Debate

By Donna Wiedeman on October 18th, 2012

pres debateI know a lot has already been written about what was said by both candidates at this week’s presidential debate, but I have to say, I’m more struck by what wasn’t said.  Has it become taboo for candidates to discuss poverty in America? Do both candidates really believe that beefing up educational opportunity is the panacea for addressing the plight of the one in six Americans living in poverty?  No discussion of safety nets. No discussion of the children who face food insecurity every day. No discussion of the increasing number of homeless families in America. No discussion of raising the minimum wage. Almost no discussion of quality child care options for low-income women.

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Food Stamp Challenge: Final Day

By Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat on October 15th, 2012

LockwoodShabat_FoodThis week, several members of The Women’s Foundation staff are participating in the Food Stamp Challenge, an exercise organized by D.C. Hunger Solutions that educates the public and raises awareness of the benefits of food stamps and the challenges recipients face while eating on a very limited budget. The staff will be sharing their experiences on this blog.

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