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Weekly Round-Up: News and Analysis on Women and Poverty (Week ending May 21, 2010)

The latest news, analysis and opinion on the state of low-income women and their families from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. This week: Why several single mothers can no longer afford childcare…. Plus, how the “Melanie’s Law” funding may not be enough to help low-income women.

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

By Mariah Craven on May 26th, 2010

Metro_PhotoIn today’s rundown: Metro riders could get a break from fare increases.  |  The D.C. Council proposes restoring cuts to adult-education programs.  |  Doctors and attorneys form a partnership to overcome challenges that threaten the care of patients.

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

By Mariah Craven on May 25th, 2010

Metro_Access_van_Rfc1394In today’s rundown: The shared-ride transit service for elderly and disabled residents could see cutbacks in service and a rate increase.  |  The metro region has been named the fittest in the country.  |  A condom shortage at nonprofits battling HIV and AIDS is being blamed on a city paperwork issue.

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Weekly Round-Up: News and Analysis on Women and Poverty (Week ending May 14, 2010)

The latest news, analysis and opinion on the state of low-income women and their families from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. This week: A local writer argues that health care legislation is bad for women….Plus, extreme poverty rates can lead to a trend of premature births.

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

By Mariah Craven on May 24th, 2010

In today’s rundown: Parents struggle to find child care for their children as subsidies fail to keep up with demand.  |  Prince George’s County teens get access to safe summer programs.  |  An ad campaign reminds local fathers to “take time to be a dad.”

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

By Mariah Craven on May 21st, 2010

In today’s rundown: The local unemployment rate falls. | Montgomery County finalizes its budget. | The D.C. soda tax dies.

– Unemployment rates fell in a majority of states, including Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia last month, according to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier today.  Despite the improvements, D.C.’s 11 percent unemployment rate is still higher than the national average — 9.9 percent.  Click here for all of the data.

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

By Mariah Craven on May 20th, 2010

In today’s rundown: The local residents who attended last night’s White House state dinner.  |  A new report on poverty and deprivation in D.C.  |  A grant keeps hundreds from becoming homeless in Fairfax County.  |  Virginia community college tuition is going up.

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Strengthening the Safety Net for Jobless Workers in the District

By Courtney Chappell on May 20th, 2010

There is no question that District workers are struggling during this recession.  With unemployment at historical levels, more families are facing economic hardship and falling into poverty.  Although most jobs that have been lost during this recession have been by men, it is important to note that a significant percentage have also been lost by women.  A recent report by the U.S. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee found that from October 2009 to March 2010, women lost 22,000 jobs while men gained 260,000.  And, in March 2010, the unemployment rate for women with families was 11.3%, the highest rate in the past 25 years.  Women of color, in particular are struggling – 12% of Latino and 12.4% of African American women were unemployed in March 2010, compared to 7.3% of white women (link).

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

By Mariah Craven on May 19th, 2010

In today’s rundown: A snapshot of what life is like for children in Northern Virginia.  | The Women’s Collective is moving to Ward 5.  | And a new video explaining how human trafficking has become a major problem in the United States.

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

By Mariah Craven on May 18th, 2010

Green Jobs Signs_GreenForAll[dot]orgIn today’s rundown: Faith community leaders want the District to put more money towards green jobs.  | Local student are less than proficient in reading at a critical point and it could affect their futures.  | Donations to charities are on the rise in the first part of 2010.

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