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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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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 27, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 27th, 2014

sally rideQ: Who was the first American woman in space?

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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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