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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on October 31st, 2011

In today’s rundown: Pushing for better public transportation as a civil right.  Plus, a new funding opportunity from The Women’s Foundation!

– Should reliable public transportation be viewed as a civil rights issue? asks TBD.com. Angela Glover Blackwell says yes, and suggests that “equity advocates must demand wiser investment of transportation dollars.”

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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on October 28th, 2011

In today’s rundown: Public housing with an eco-friendly renovation.  Are too many children’s Halloween costumes sexist?  Plus, new data on pregnancy and single women.

– The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington is accepting letters of inquiry for the 2012 grants cycle.  The deadline is December 15th.  Go to www.towf.org for more details.

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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on October 25th, 2011

In today’s rundown: Pro bono legal advice in Prince George’s County.  A tale of two countries.  Honoring one of our region’s philanthropists.

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Still Plenty of Work To Do Despite Misleading Headlines

By Mariah Craven on October 21st, 2011

Today’s Washington Post features a somewhat misleading headline:  “Washington region has nation’s lowest poverty rate.” If you’re confused by that, there’s good reason.  Just one month ago, the media was reporting that Washington, DC has the third-highest poverty rate in the country at 19.9 percent – just behind Mississippi and Louisiana.

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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on October 13th, 2011

After a Leadership Luncheon-related hiatus, The Daily Rundown is back!  In today’s rundown: Free financial planning help this weekend.  Plus, sisters share their secrets of success.

– Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is this Saturday.  Get free financial planning help from experts at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th Street, NW.  For more details go to: www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/DC

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National Coming Out Day: The Beginning of a Journey

By Nicole Cozier on October 11th, 2011

We talk about “coming out” like it is a single act or event.  But coming out, and being out, is not a destination; it is a journey.  It is a series of moments, of choices, of tests and challenges about being true to oneself.  Coming out, and being out, is about owning your value, and owning the validity of your relationships and your family despite the people and systems that tell you that there is something wrong with you, that you are less than; or, that you are tolerated, but still don’t deserve the rights and privileges of everyone else.   It is about deciding how vulnerable you make yourself in routine discussions with a neighbor, the insurance company, or the hair dresser.  These are the little moments of revelation that most people take for granted, but they can have significant implications.

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Nicky Goren Named to 100 Most Powerful Women List

By Rachel Kronowitz on October 3rd, 2011

Nicky WashingtonianThere are many powerful women in our community – in fact, The Women’s Foundation’s recent report, 2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area (Portrait Project 2010) shows that our region is home to a large number of highly educated, well-compensated women who are leaders in the community and who contribute to it in profound ways.  That’s why I was so proud to see The Women’s Foundation’s president, Nicky Goren, on Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on September 28th, 2011

In today’s rundown: Nearly 7,000 seniors will continue to benefit from food assistance programs in DC, thanks to a petition drive.  A look at America’s fertility class divide.  And how to help women reach their economic potential.

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New Data Show Increase in Poverty for DC-area Women & Girls

By Mariah Craven on September 23rd, 2011

The 2010 American Community Survey has just been released and The Women’s Foundation has already identified grim statistics related to women, girls and poverty in our region.  Unfortunately, the number of women and girls living below the poverty line continues to rise: more than 202,000 live in poverty, up from 177,000 the previous year.  Click here for a pdf copy of the fact sheet.

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Day of the Girl

By Mariah Craven on September 22nd, 2011

3 girls in a rowToday is Day of the Girl, the kick-off of a year-long celebration of girls and the recognition of a movement to make girls’ worlds bigger and better.  To recognize the day, we’re taking a look at the barriers to success faced by girls in the Washington metro area, and we’re listening to what they have to say about their lives.

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