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Is It Easy to Raise Capital as A Woman Led Start Up?

When looking to raise capital as a woman led startup, the road is full of speed bumps and mirages that cover the road. With the statistic of less than 10% of investable money going to women led start ups, this doesn’t encourage women to participate in the start-up community. In 2013, I sat in a […]

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Action, Learning and Gender in Mozambique: A Pause

By Solange Rocha and Michel Friedman, Gender at Work, Facilitated by Oxfam Canada  “I met myself again and valued myself more, not only at work but in my whole life, day to day” (participant’s comment) In music, a pause means the sound of silence, a time between notes.  For participants in our Gender Action Learning Process […]

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3 Reasons President Obama Needs to Act Now on the Gender Pay Gap

For almost two years now, we’ve asked President Barack Obama to issue an executive order that would ban federal contractors from retaliating against workers who talk about their salaries or ask about pay practices. With this action, the president could protect 22 percent of the nation’s workforce — or 26 million workers — from facing […]

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How We Ignore Poverty and Blame Poor People

“Why should I pay higher taxes so that some lazy poor person can pick up another unemployment check and then go back to sitting on the couch and spending my money?” Sound familiar? Unfortunately, most of us have heard this anti-welfare sentiment many times before, from sources both expected (a new Tea Party candidate) and […]

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Bring on the Paycheck Fairness Act!

“Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”*  During his State of the Union Address, President Obama again reiterated his economic equality message that he eloquently spoke about in his inaugural address and on the campaign trail. His intent is clear. Congress should […]

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Singularly Stupid

For a country that built its reputation on the storied rugged individualist, its laws sure as hell don’t match the rhetoric. Are single people discriminated against? According to evidence out there, American singles take a financial hit on income taxes, health care costs, social security, and IRA choices to name a few. And it goes […]

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Tell Congress to Protect Tax Cuts for 98% of Women and Families

The YWCA USA is thanking those Senators and Representatives who have supported extending tax cuts for the middle class. Join us and thank your Congressman or Congresswoman – send a letter, tag them in a Facebook holiday card, or send them a Tweet.    When I was attending graduate school, I interned at the YWCA Madison (Wis.), which served homeless and […]

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Something Of Monumental Importance is Happening Tomorrow!

It’s here!  I can’t believe tomorrow is finally Election Day.  By now you’re probably exhausted from all of the pleas for your vote.  I know I am.  But hopefully you’ve already registered and, if you didn’t vote early or by absentee, you plan to vote tomorrow at a polling station.  Well if you’re tired of […]

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Pandering and Lip Service Not Required: Romney Isn’t A Mystery On Women’s Issues

We can drone on about sound bites and rehash debate comments all we want.  We can debate the facts laid in campaign ads, and count up how many lies have been told.  We already know where both Obama and Romney stand on women’s issues, so let’s drop the pandering and lip service and be real […]

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Conflicting Numbers: College Enrollment Figures and Post-Grad Salaries Hardly Match Up

50 years ago, women attending college wasn’t nearly as commonplace as it is these days.  And if they did, nine times out of ten it was only for them to get their “MRS” degree. For those of you unfamiliar with this degree plan, it’s when a woman goes to college not to pursue any educational […]

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