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Break the Silence - End Sexual Violence: A Community Response to Ending Sexual Violence Within our Communities!

September 1, 2018

This report contains voices and recommendations from campaign and roundtable meetings with Native American community women and young survivors of sexual assault. The goal of the campaigns is to increase public awereness on the issue, encourage women to break the silence, help them move forward and heal while at the same time helping other do the same. The overall purpose of the report is to advocate for stronger policies and resources from tribes and federal agencies. 

What to do When You're Raped: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls

February 1, 2016

An illustrated guide created to answer the questions women face following a sexual assault, from thinking through buying emergency contraception, to getting tested for STDS, to who to turn to for support.

A Fresh Look at the Public's View Toward Equality, Community Issues, and Solutions

August 1, 2015

In a new survey, the Ms. Foundation for Women takes a fresh look at how the public thinks about community problems and solutions, including the intersections of race, gender equality, and income inequality. The findings offer a glimpse into what the public may want when candidates for office, elected officials, and non-profit organizations address our most difficult issues.

Ms. Foundation for Women National Survey, Executive Summary

August 1, 2015

In a new survey, the Ms. Foundation for Women takes a fresh look at how the public thinks about community problems and solutions, including the intersections of race, gender equality, and income inequality. The findings offer a glimpse into what the public may want when candidates for office, elected officials, and non-profit organizations address our most difficult issues.

Hanging by a Thread! Los Angeles Garment Workers' Struggle

April 17, 2015

Report from Ms. Foundation for Women grantee partner Garment Workers' Center on the issues garment workers face when seeking quality childcare.

Rights Don't Equal Access

January 16, 2013

40 years after Roe v Wade, most states impose prohibitive requirements for women seeking access to abortion

Choices in the Real World: The Use of Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care by Single Chicago Mothers Working Nontraditional Schedules

January 14, 2013

Working Americans who are poor or near-poor have been rising in number at least since the 1980s. Most working Americans earn incomes that stagnated for decades, while costs have shot up for basic services such as housing and health care. More families than ever need two incomes to make ends meet. High unemployment and a record high number of single-parent households, however, have pushed families nearer to poverty or below.Households headed by women in the labor force are particularly affected. This is why the Chicago Foundation for Women and the Ms. Foundation for Women funded Choices in the Real World, a first-of-its-kind report produced by Illinois Action for Children's research team examine the nontraditional work schedules of low-income working mothers in Chicago and their use of family, friend or neighbor (FFN) child care.As part of the report, 50 single mothers from Chicago were interviewed about the challenges they face in securing child care while working hours outside of the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. time frame. The mothers we interviewed were not homogenous, though they are all challenged by low incomes, low or modest educational attainment, after-hour and variable work schedules, and balancing work and family life.These interviews confirmed that public policies need to meet the challenges that these mothers and others in similar situations face. Illinois Action for Children believes the best public policies will focus on improving FFN child care rather than making it ineligible for financial assistance or driving it underground.As part of this report, we make the following recommendations to legislators:Increase child care optionsSupport FFN child careSupport emergency child care, including for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) familiesSupport children's homework needsEncourage parent-friendly employer practicesBuild social capital and supplement relative supportsAs the economy continues to add more jobs non-traditional in the nature of their schedules, these issues become even more important. What we learn from these parents and the challenges they face can be vital in moving discussions of child care and nontraditional work schedules forward.

A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems

February 23, 2012

Outlines the components and strategies of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems designed to enhance access to high-quality child care by rating programs, offering incentives and assistance for improvement, and educating and engaging parents.

Blueprint for Gulf Renewal: The Katrina Crisis and a Community Agenda for Action

August 1, 2007

Looks at statistical indicators and draws on interviews with Gulf Coast leaders to identify roadblocks to recovery and ways federal leaders can tackle critical needs in the region like housing, jobs, and coastal protection.

Enhancing Employment for Low-Income Women

October 7, 2004

This paper highlights key findings and lessons learned about the performance of nine social purpose businesses that received support from CFWED in 2002 and 2003, and about the outcomes experienced by the individuals who worked for these businesses. It reviews results of two years of data on nine businesses, focusing on key accomplishments and challenges.