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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: A Snapshot of Our Region

By Claudia Williams on May 29th, 2014

During the month of May, festivities across the nation highlighted the contributions, richness and diversity of Asian and Pacific Islanders. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month first started as a week-long celebration established in 1978 to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in May 1843, and the contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed in May 1869.

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Memorial Day: One Veteran’s Perspective

By Stacy Kupcheni on May 26th, 2014

Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day and the brave women and men who have sacrificed their lives for our country, we bring you today’s blog piece from a Women’s Foundation donor and supporter, Former Sergeant Stacy Kupcheni.

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Reflections on the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative

By John "Skip" McKoy on May 21st, 2014

Editor’s Note: Fight For Children has been a part of the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative for the past four years. Skip McKoy, Fight for Children’s Director of Programmatic Initiatives, shares his reflections in this guest blog post.

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Message From the Board Chair: Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat Named as The Women’s Foundation President and CEO

By Carolyn Berkowitz on May 14th, 2014

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We are pleased to announce that the Board unanimously appointed Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat as President and CEO of The Women’s Foundation, effective immediately. She succeeds Nicky Goren, who has made a positive and lasting impact on our organization.

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Labor Force Participation by Mothers in the Washington Region

By Jessica Zetzman on May 9th, 2014

For Mother’s Day, we’ve taken a look at the labor force participation of mothers in the Washington region. With over 72 percent of mothers with young children participating in our region’s workforce, families are increasingly relying on the wages of women in order to achieve economic security. It’s never been more important that workplace policies reflect the realities of women’s lives. Flexible schedules, family leave policies, paid sick days and higher wages are critical to ensuring every mother in the region’s workforce has the chance to succeed.

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The Gender Wage Gap, Unveiled

By Claudia Williams on April 22nd, 2014

Nationwide, women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar men earn. Women’s lower average earnings are not due to a higher probability of working part-time: only full-time year-round workers are included in these data. The Wage Project estimates that over the course of a lifetime women will earn about a million less as a result of the wage gap.

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Advocacy for Early Learning in Northern VA: A Report from the Field

By Emily Griffey on April 17th, 2014

Emily Griffey is a Senior Policy Analyst for Voices for Virginia’s Children, a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner.

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Our Visit to Preschool

By Lauren Stillwell on April 15th, 2014

As an adult, I have little memory of my preschool years.  What I do “remember” is mostly built upon the stories and photos that my parents share with me: the artwork I made; the school play about Thanksgiving; the bright green cast I wore on my arm in my very first school photos (I have been a klutz most of my life…)

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Funders Work Together to Influence Local Early Childhood System

By Jessica Zetzman on April 2nd, 2014

By Stacey Collins, PNC Foundation and Karen FitzGerald, The Meyer Foundation

ECESix years ago, Washington Area Women’s Foundation launched the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative, an effort to bring together local and national funders to increase the quality and capacity of, and access to, early care and education in the Washington region.  We – Stacey Collins of PNC, and Karen FitzGerald of The Meyer Foundation – are pleased to serve as the Collaborative’s current co-chairs.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 28, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 28th, 2014

Janet_yellen_swearing_in_2010Q: In 2014, who became the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve?

A: Janet Yellen. On October 9, 2013, Janett Yellen was officially nominated to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve and made history as she took office on February 3, 2014 as the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Yellen served as the Vice-chair of the Federal Reserve from 2010.

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