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The World Cup and 42 Years of Title IX

By Virginie Carey on July 3rd, 2014

Women's World Cup Soccer TeamThe World Cup is on.

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Takeaways from the White House Summit on Working Families

By Lauren Stillwell on June 24th, 2014

obama-working-families-summittYesterday, I had the privilege to attend the White House Summit on Working Families.  The White House hosted the Summit along with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, to highlight and discuss some of the most pressing issues facing workers and families in our 21st century workplaces.

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Paternity Leave Roundtable Discussion

By Jessica Zetzman on June 6th, 2014

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking quite a bit about how men and fathers are important allies in the work that we do. Part of the discussion around here has been about the role that paternity leave could play in women’s economic security, and with the White House holding the first ever Summit on Working Dads earlier this week, paternity leave has catapulted to the national level. Earlier this year, we also saw paternity leave make national headlines when New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, was harshly and inappropriately criticized for taking paternity leave and missing the first two games of the season. With all of this buzz, we decided to channel our paternity leave chatter and host our first recorded staff roundtable discussion. We are so excited to share it with you and would love for each of you to join the conversation by leaving thoughts, feedback and questions in the comments section below.

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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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