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No Joke: The Impact of the Sequester is Devastating Vulnerable Families

By Nicky Goren on June 13th, 2013

Capitol Bldg by Amanda Walker_CCSeems like the word “sequester” has become part of our everyday vernacular here in the DC metro region, so much so that not a day goes by without it coming up in some context. Yet, since its implementation, it feels like the sense of urgency to resolve the impact of the sequester has dissipated. It’s no longer front page news and has become the source of jokes and derision. There was the non-“snowquester” in March; the sparring about what was really behind the cancellations of all White House tours; and the reports about how Congress quickly passed legislation to resolve the impact of the sequester on air travel – just as their week-long recess was beginning (really???). And all the while, critical social services that are helping to meet the needs of our poorest communities are being cut. Programs like Headstart, nutrition assistance, child-care subsidies, and health screenings for low-income women all faced significant cutbacks but without the same sense of outrage or swift action that some of these less consequential outcomes spurred.

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Goodwill of Greater Washington: Transforming Our Community

By Mariah Craven on May 9th, 2013

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Last week, Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren spoke on a panel about the importance of giving boldly. While the message was geared toward donors, it was easily applicable to the foundations and nonprofits that serve our community. In order to create real change, we all have to be willing to be bold, strategic, and take risks. This, she explained, is why The Women’s Foundation has invested in Goodwill and their job training programs for nearly eight years.

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Week of the Young Child: Why We Invest in Early Education

By Mariah Craven on April 16th, 2013

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To learn more about Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s investments in early care and education, please click here.

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Equal Pay Day: Gender Wage Gap is a Chasm for Women of Color

By Mariah Craven on April 9th, 2013

As we approached Equal Pay Day (April 9th), a number of bloggers and organizations were asked to write about what they’d do with an additional $11,000. That’s how much more the average woman would earn per year if her pay were equal to a man’s.

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Leaning in isn’t an option for all women

By Shae Harris on April 2nd, 2013

lean inSheryl Sandberg has stirred up quite a bit of controversy with her book “Lean In,” in which she advises women to assert themselves in the workplace and beyond. Sandberg calls women out for creating invisible, self-imposed barriers when considering how far they want to go in their respective careers. She notes, “we hold ourselves back in ways both big and small by lacking self confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” With the ongoing dialogue sparked from this book, I can’t help but wonder about the women who have real-life barriers that impede their professional growth.

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Grantee Partner Spotlight: Academy of Hope

By Mariah Craven on March 29th, 2013

In December 2012, Washington Area Women’s Foundation made grants totaling $805,500 to 23 DC-area nonprofits whose work is improving the economic security of low income women and their families. One of those organizations was Academy of Hope, which provides high quality adult basic education that changes lives. Here’s a look at why The Women’s Foundation made a grant to Academy of Hope.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 29, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 29th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Surgeon General? Hint: she served from 1990 to 1993.

A: Antonia Novello, M.D., served as the 14th U.S. Surgeon General from 1990 to 1993. Her work as Surgeon General focused on the health of women, children and minorities, underage drinking, smoking and AIDS.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 28, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 28th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize?

A: Edith Wharton for her fiction novel “The Age of Innocence.”

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 27, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 27th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

A: Amelia Earhart made her solo trip across the Atlantic in 1932.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 26, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 26th, 2013

Q: What woman helped design the iconic fonts and graphics for Apple Macintosh?

A: Susan Kare developed most of the interface elements for Apple Macintosh. She helped develop the bulk of those little icons early Mac users clicked on everyday.

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