Access & Disparities

Despite recent progress, women do not have equal access to educational opportunities. Socio-economic and racial disparities persist, particularly for immigrants and women of color. More effort needs to be focused on improving access to college preparatory and post-secondary education for low-income girls. Efforts need to include comprehensive sex education and teen pregnancy prevention as well as extended and flexible degree programs for single mothers. More focus is needed on making “hard sciences” (physics, chemistry, engineering) and technology more appealing to girls both in the classroom and as part of after-school activities.

Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

This report highlights numerous examples of how American Recovery and Reinvestments Act funds have made an important difference for children and families by enabling access to child care assistance, as well as investments in the quality of care. Most notably, ARRA child care funds are helping to prevent families from losing the assistance they need, and expanding this important support to families who have been waiting for much-needed help.

Despite the ARRA funds, states are facing serious budget shortfalls and several have made cuts that negatively impact the availability, affordability, and quality of child care.  With ARRA funds expected to expire at the end of 2010, and a grim outlook for states’ budgets, child care still hangs in balance.

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NCRW Fact Sheet: Welfare Reform and Education

The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 pushed many poor women into jobs but without sufficient training or educational opportunities to ensure adequate income and advancement. Policies and programs at the state level need to recognize the importance of linking education to reform laws. Investing in education can become an “anchor of stability” in a dynamic
economy, doubling earnings and buffering against job loss.

Women of ALPFA's 4th Annual Latina Summit

05/20/2010 - 05/21/2010

Latinas Empowered by Women in Power: A Rise of a New Generation of Leadership in America

Sponsored by Women of ALPFA, Sanchez & Santiago, The Center for Women and Enterprise in collaboration with Babson's Center for Women's Leadership.

Women for Hire: Boston Career Expo


Location: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115

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CEDAW: Time to Get the US on Board

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Come and learn why US ratification of CEDAW matters to women in this country and around the world and what you can do to help make it a reality. The women of the world are watching to see if we will join with them or stay in the company of the handful of other countries (Sudan, Somalia, Iran and a few smaller nations) who have not joined in this international cooperative effort for women's equality.

Historic Meeting of Survivor-Activists on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

On March 11-12, 2010, the Ms. Foundation for Women had the honor of convening an inspiring meeting on survivor-led activism on child sexual abuse prevention. In what was one of the first times survivors have been brought together to discuss child sexual abuse prevention in a social justice context, twelve activists discussed successes, challenges, and historic moments in their field. They established exciting shared visions and first steps for realizing them in this growing social justice movement.

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What A Difference An X Makes: The State of Women's Health Research


This scientific conference will highlight advances in sex differences research and its implications on health and disease.

Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

The registration fee for the conference is $35 per person.


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Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Lecture: "Trafficking in Women: Legal Debates and Social Realities."


Carole J. Petersen, JD -  Director, Matsunaga Institute for Peace, Associate Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Mano. 

Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Lincoln Ave., Urbana.


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