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

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.

— “Quick action” has saved food programs for more than 6,000 low-income seniors in DC, reports the Poverty & Policy blog. Intervention by DC Hunger Solutions (a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner), among others, helped keep the assistance going to senior residents of the District.  (Hat tip to Washington Grantmakers Daily)

— America has a fertility class divide, reports Slate. The article takes a look at new data that show unplanned pregnancies and births among low-income women are significantly higher than among wealthier women.

— What will it take to help women reach their economic potential?  Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen from the White House Council on Women and Girls explore some ideas in The Washington Post.

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

In today’s rundown: A local media giant offers help to local nonprofits.  Will a jobs czar improve the unemployment rate in D.C.?  And why women are the key to economic growth.

— Discovery Impact is now taking applications from nonprofits interested in receiving pro bono advertising and marketing materials as part of their Creating Change 2011 program.  Nonprofits are encouraged to apply by clicking here.

— Later today, DC Council member Vincent Orange will propose hiring a jobs czar to help combat the city’s nearly record high unemployment rate, reports DCentric. One of the czar’s roles would be to ensure that DC residents have first dibs on certain jobs.

— Women are a vital source to global economic expansion, according to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Women’s eNews reports on Clinton’s comments made at an economic summit in California last week.

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back to school crayonsIn today’s rundown: How homeless families handle a new school year in Northern Virginia.  A new executive director at a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner.  Plus, the cost of creating a large number of new jobs that keep families in poverty.

— Students in Virginia return to school today and The Washington Post looks into how the school year is different for children whose families are homeless.  The article covers how families become homeless and how shelters help kids find stability at school.

The Maryland Gazette has a profile on Ronnie Galvin, the new executive director of IMPACT Silver Spring, a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner. “Galvin is looking to help the group evolve by focusing on sports programs for families, workforce development for low-income residents and small-business development for residents.”

— Ahead of President Obama’s jobs speech on Thursday, an M.I.T economist asks if we have to choose “between job quality and quantity.”  Paul Osterman’s op-ed in The New York Times says that creating a lot of jobs that pay low wages and keep families in poverty negatively impacts housing, education, marriage and health.

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

In today’s rundown: Are low-income families not a priority for D.C. Public Schools?  Local organizations — including this one — urge the president to ensure women have good jobs.  And how words may be preventing women from finding a satisfying work/life balance.

— Critics of a recent decision to shut down three Parent and Family Resource Centers in Wards 1, 7 and 8 say the move is proof that low-income families are not being engaged enough by D.C. schools, reports The Washington Post. Superintendent Kaya Henderson says the centers were underutilized and will eventually be reopened.

— Washington Area Women’s Foundation is one organization that is signing on to a letter urging President Obama to ensure that women can access good jobs.  Wider Opportunities for Women (a Foundation Grantee Partner) is spearheading the campaign.  Click here to read the letter.

— A new study could change the way companies talk about — and treat — women with children, according to The Huffington Post. “‘Opting Out or Denying Discrimination? How the Framework of Free Choice in American Society Influences Perceptions of Gender Inequality,’ suggest[s] the assumption that behavior is based on personal choice can lead to a frequently mistaken belief that gender barriers no longer exist in the modern workplace.”

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In today’s rundown: The changing demographics of our region and the impact on future employment.  Philanthropy isn’t just the wealthy giving to the poor.  And pretty, dumb: why JC Penney is no longer selling a controversial shirt for girls.

— The D.C. area is one of eight metro regions where minorities have become a majority in the past decade, according to The Washington Post. Recent Census figures show that racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the residents in our region.  The numbers have implications on future employment.  One expert predicts that in 10 years, half of the jobs openings in the region will need to be filled by people with college educations.

— George McCully, president of the Catalogue for Philanthropy, explores the modern idea of philanthropy and also takes a look at its history on When Alexander Hamilton mentioned philanthropy in the first Federalist Paper, McCully writes, “he was saying that the United States of America was intended to be a philanthropic nation, a gift to mankind, to improve the human condition.”

Too Pretty shirt— JC Penney has pulled a controversial girls’ shirt off of their website, reports The Hairpin. The text on the shirt read “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.”  After hearing outrage from various corners of the internet, JC Penney pulled the item, saying “We agree that the ‘Too pretty’ t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale.”  Who designs these things?  And then approves them? And then makes them? And markets them….

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

In today’s rundown: Remembering Nadine Winter…. Many uninsured Americans know little about new federal health benefits…. And what it takes for a stay-at-home mom of 11 to finish undergrad and go on to Harvard grad school.

— Nadine Winter, an original member of the first elected D.C. Council after the District gained home rule, has died after a bout of pneumonia, The Washington Post reports. In addition to serving on the City Council for 16 years, Winter was an advocate for affordable housing for low-income residents.  She was 87.

— Many uninsured Americans aren’t aware of the benefits they’ll be receiving under the new federal health care reform law, according to DCentric. About 11 percent of D.C. residents don’t have health insurance. has the story of a mother of 11 who is headed to grad school at Harvard University.  Allyson Reneau left undergrad in 1981 to start a family.  “After having 11 children, spending 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, then opening a successful gymnastics school, Reneau was finally able to return to school.”

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In today’s rundown: Why women still need to push for economic equality.  One writer asks what has the president done for women lately.  And why welfare is  no match for unemployment.

— “A woman’s work on economic equality is never done,” writes Kristin Maschka on the Ms. Magazine blog. Maschka writes about a janitor who was fired from the job she’d had for nearly three decades because her childcare provider called in sick.  Maschka says that stories like this are proof that the feminist movement is still needed in the U.S.

— How much has President Obama done for women since he took office? asks Allison Gaudet Yarrow in The Huffington Post. She takes a look at three areas where the president has (or has not) made an impact.

— Today’s welfare is no match for this country’s high unemployment rate, according to The Urban Institute (a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner).  Even though unemployment has risen by 88 percent since the start of the recession, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families caseloads have increased by just 14 percent.  Urban Institute’s MetroTrends blog has the details.

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In today’s post-earth-shattering rundown: The Women’s Foundation’s Grantee Partners are featured for their work with senior citizens and local residents who need help saving money.

— Low-income seniors from the District spent part of this summer relaxing in West Virginia farm country, thanks to So Others Might Eat (a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner).  The AARP Bulletin has the details of Senior Summer Camp, which allows residents 65 and older to spend a week “relaxing, socializing and recharging their spirits.”

— Another Grantee Partner, Capital Area Asset Builders, is featured in the Washington Informer for their work helping D.C.-area residents “reverse their sagging economic fortunes” and showing them “how to save money towards goals such as higher education, homeownership and entrepreneurial pursuits.”

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After a health hiatus, your Daily Rundown is back!  Today’s stories include: Voting in Virginia.  How the recession has affected local children.  And CARECEN remembers their president.

— CARECEN (a Women’s Foundation’s Grantee Partner) is mourning the loss of its president, Saul Solorzano.  Saul died earlier this week.  He was remembered in a press release as a community leader and activist who “fought tirelessly for fair laws and treatment of Central Americans and other Latinos.”  Our thoughts are with Saul’s family and the staff and clients at CARECEN.

— Virginia voters will head to the polls for primaries on Tuesday.  The Washington Post has details of each race as well as polling locations.  The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

— The presence of banks in communities makes neighborhoods safer and more prosperous, according to a researcher at the University of Virginia.  When banks leave less affluent neighborhoods, predatory lenders take their place and payday robberies rise, reports WAMU.

— How has the recession affected local children?  The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2011 Kids Count Data Book is out and shows that low-income children will be impacted academically and socially, even after their parents recover economically.  Washington Grantmakers Daily breaks down the local numbers.

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

In today’s rundown: Emergency assistance in DC runs out.  Finding ways to prevent new HIV infections.  A new $20,000 award for Arlington nonprofits.

— “DC emergency assistance runs dry as temperatures heat up,” reports the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) blog.  DCFPI — a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner — reports that funds for both emergency utility assistance and rental assistance ran out over the summer, putting many local families at risk.

— The National Institutes of Health is supporting studies in the District and other cities with a large number of black residents to find the best ways to educate men about HIV/AIDS after numbers reveal that the number of new HIV cases in the U.S. has plateaued.  The number of new infections has remained at about 50,000 for the past 10 years, according to The New York Times. The highest rates of infection are among white men aged 30 and over who have sex with men, black men under 30 who have sex with men, and black heterosexual women.

— Arlington-based nonprofits have the opportunity to win a $20,000 prize for work that is changing lives and having a lasting impact on Arlington County.  The Arlington Community Foundation Prize for Innovation and Impact will be awarded in November.  Nominations are due September 15th.  Click here for details.