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New Report Shows Need for Financial Counseling for Domestic Violence Survivors

By Mariah Craven on March 27th, 2014

DV-Counts-CoverThe latest Domestic Violence Counts report is out and the 2013 census of domestic violence shelters and services shows the devastating impact that economic insecurity can have on victims of abuse and their children.

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Women’s history Month Q&A – March 26, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 26th, 2014

Condoleezza_RiceQ: Who was the first African American woman to be appointed Secretary of State, and the first woman to be appointed National Security Advisor?

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 25, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 25th, 2014

Edith_Wharton2Q: Who was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?

A: Edith Wharton won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel “The Age of Innocence.” She was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930.

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Leadership Issues for Women of Color

By Mariah Craven on March 25th, 2014

CAP-woc-panelI’ve known the statistic for a long time, but it never ceases to amaze me each time I see it in black and white: just 4.5 percent of members of Congress are women of color. Out of 535 people, there are 13 African American women, seven Latinas, and four Asian Pacific American women. That’s not a minority – it’s a minisculority (if such a word existed). The issue, of course, is that women of color make up 18.4 percent of the US population. It makes you wonder when the House of Representatives – and all of the other branches of government – will actually represent all of the American people.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 24, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 24th, 2014

sotomayor quoteQ: Which female Supreme Court Justice was the first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court?

A: Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Sotomayor earned a B.A. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009, making her the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice, and its third female justice.

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Transition at The Women’s Foundation – Message From the Board Chair

By Carolyn Berkowitz on March 20th, 2014

Nicky Goren, president of The Women’s Foundation, has announced her plan to leave the Foundation. Her departure completes a four year tenure highlighted by operational achievements, fundraising success and a commitment to serving economically vulnerable women and girls in our region. Beginning tomorrow, Vice President Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat will serve as interim president at The Women’s Foundation.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 19, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 19th, 2014

PatsyminkQ: Who was the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress?

A: Patsy Mink, a third generation Japanese American, represented Hawaii in the U.S. House 12 times.  With her election in 1965, Mink became the first woman of color to join the ranks of Congress. In 1972, she became the first Asian American to seek the Democratic nomination for President, running as an anti-war candidate.  The Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act was named after Mink.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 18, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 18th, 2014

Jackie Joyner-KerseeQ: Which female athlete became the first to score more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon and still holds the women’s heptathlon world record?

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 17, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 17th, 2014

Chief LanierQ: Who is the first female chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia?

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NASA Administrator Bolden: Women of NASA Inspire Girls to Dream

By Charles F. Bolden Jr. on March 17th, 2014

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Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) is the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

It’s appropriate for NASA that the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month celebration is “Women of Character.”  The women of our nation’s space program have made countless sacrifices to advance our nation, and their expertise and dedication have been crucial to our many successes in exploration.

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