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A Tanzanian take on the Portrait Project.

By Sherell Fuller on August 15th, 2007

In an idle moment, a new idea popped into my head, which was to randomly select any area of the world, and profile the status of women in that particular region (in relation to women’s leadership and health and safety), sort of like a mini Portrait Project. This was a quick, fun way to see what’s going on with women outside of my home, and it’s fitting as The Women’s Foundation is in the process of reviewing Leadership Awards, which focuses on health and safety this round.

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Caution: Lack of affordable child care may result in lack of children.

By Lisa Kays on August 14th, 2007

A new national poll has found that women are delaying having children because of the high cost of child care and preschool–which can run about $10,000 annually (more than my college tuition not that long ago).

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Friends of Guest House: Writing a second chance into women’s lives.

By Lisa Kays on August 10th, 2007

Sometimes a handshake is returned with a hug. Not always, but sometimes.

This was my experience walking into Friends of Guest House–one of our Grantee Partners–for the first time this past weekend. When the director introduced me to a young woman–a fifth grader who was there visiting her mom–my outstretched hand was summarily discarded in favor of a hug.

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Walking the city in women’s shoes.

By Lisa Kays on August 8th, 2007

Wanna lose weight or get healthy in the cheapest, most easily accessible way possible? 

Many sources will tell you to walk.  Roads are free, after all.  (Minus a small taxpayer contribution.) 

But what if can’t walk in your neighborhood because the streets aren’t safe from harassment, or worse forms of violence?  What if they’re deteriorated or don’t have maintained sidewalks? 

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Ascensions: Talking families towards hope.

By Lisa Kays on August 7th, 2007

Imagine that you are are a single mother raising a little girl. Joy is what everyone wantshands you to feel, but you are depressed at best, angry most of the time. You know this situation has grown beyond your control and that you have to do something, but even if you had insurance for a doctor, everyone around you would call you weak or even crazy if you admitted to what you were feeling and fearing.

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Stepping Stones Research Update: August 2007

By Lisa Kays on August 6th, 2007

As part of our ongoing commitment–in partnership with The Urban Institute–to providing information and resources related to the goals of Stepping Stones, please find below summary of recent research on issues of economic security and financial independence for women and their families.

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In Marshall Heights, “biggest losers” shave debt, not fat.

By Coach Tate on August 2nd, 2007

The coaches on The Biggest Loser might help people burn fat and shed pounds.  I do something similar, only I help them shave off unnecessary, unhealthy debt.

This year, I’ve coached 234 women through the rough work of shaving off a total of $115,050 in debt through my work at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc. (MHCDO), which is a Grantee Partner of The Women’s Foundation’s Stepping Stones initiative. 

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Welding a new world for girls.

By Lisa Kays on July 30th, 2007

Check this out.  In Vermont, girls are being trained in welding as part of a three week camp, Rosie’s Girls, and are talking about how much it’s raising their self-esteem and confidence.

"If I can do this, I can do that, too," one girl says in this video.

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Stop sex trafficking across a border near you.

By Sherell Fuller on July 27th, 2007

As program assistant here at The Women’s Foundation, I get the opportunity to take in grant and award applications such as those for Leadership Awards, where I get a glimpse of what different issues nonprofits are tackling these days.

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DCWA: An ounce of prevention…worth a lot for women.

By Jessica Goshow on July 26th, 2007

The following is the sixth post in a series covering aspects and angles on the DC Women’s Agenda’s recent white paper, Voices and Choices for D.C. Women and Girls: Recommendations for City Leaders 2007. The DC Women’s Agenda promotes the advancement, equality and well-being of women in D.C. This series of blogs is an extension of a very important proposal of recommendations to city leaders to truly make tangible changes in the Washington metropolitan area.

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