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The News & Observer, March 11, 2013: Report: Girls excel in education, sports; encounter health, poverty issues

“Health and wellness indicators are not as high for girls of color and girls living in poverty, where, Hess said, ‘the story is not quite as positive.’ In a letter accompanying the report, Meredith President Jo Allen said the findings should be both celebrated and used as a catalyst for improving girls’ lives.”

The Kansas City Star, March 07, 2013: (Op-Ed) On International Women's Day, let us pledge to end female poverty

“According to census figures, 46.2 million people were living in poverty in the United States in 2010, with adult women almost 30 percent more likely to be poor than adult men. Families in poverty are even more dependent on women's work both inside and outside the home, resulting in longer days and more intense work for women.”

Anchorage Daily News, March 06, 2013: (Op-Ed) On International Women's Day, let us pledge to end female poverty

“Unfortunately, we've seen this behavior before. Since America's inception, states have used their legislative powers to make political decisions threatening their neediest citizens, which, historically, have disproportionately been minority group members. Federal lawmakers balk at such procedures, so states have historically resorted to the avenue of ‘state's rights’ as a mechanism to propagate policies that range from neglectful to discriminatory.”

The New York Times, February 27, 2013: Trauma Sets Female Veterans Adrift Back Home

“Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind: they are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.”

The New York Times, February 22, 2013: (Op-Ed) In Paid Family Leave, U.S. Trails Most of the Globe

“Even the policies at some of the most generous American companies pale in comparison with the 31 countries that provide a year or more of paid maternity leave, typically through government-run insurance programs, experts say. Working Mother compiles a list of the ‘100 Best Companies’ in the United States each year, and parental leave policies are one of several factors baked into those rankings.”

Beyond Jobs program serving women nationwide

“The program, known as Beyond Jobs and funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, will now create a larger impact by reaching more women who are unemployed or underemployed […] Beyond Jobs leverages Goodwill’s holistic approach to job training, placement and family financial support services. Over the 30-month grant period, Goodwill will work with women with low incomes to provide them the tools to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.”

The Washington Post, February 17, 2013: Del. group hopes to open homeless shelter for female veterans and their children

“About one in 20 homeless veterans are women. With about 600 homeless veterans in Delaware, that means about 30 of them are female. Boone says the group will rely on funding sources outside the government to launch the shelter.”

The Boston Globe, February 16, 2013: YWCA expands housing stock

“The YWCA has always maintained boardinghouse-style single rooms at its main building on Market Street, where 11 women now live. And since 1998, it has had five affordable apartments in a house it bought next door. Construction to double the number of apartments to 10 has started at the house at 11 Market St. They will be available to low-income women, men, and families; some units will be designated for homeless or disabled tenants.”

The Kansas City Star, February 14, 2013: Foundation combats poverty and job problems among women

“Lack of transportation. Lack of education. Lack of affordable child care help and elder care help. These and other barriers to good employment contribute to high levels of poverty for women in the Kansas City area.”

Corpus Christi Caller Times, February 13, 2013: New program aims to help low-income Nueces County women pregnant with first child

“Low-income Nueces County women who are pregnant with their first child can enroll in a new program to help them have healthier pregnancies and provide quality care for their babies. The Nurse-Family Partnership pairs first-time mothers with nurses who visit them in their homes as early as their first trimester.”

Sacramento Bee, February 12, 2013: Los Angeles lawmaker pushing to repeal 'family cap' for welfare benefits

“For nearly two decades, California women who get pregnant while on welfare have been ineligible for more money based on the baby's birth. But a Los Angeles Democrat is pushing to repeal that law, sparking hot debate over reproductive rights, privacy, and what society should demand of low-income families receiving public assistance.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, February 04, 2013: Small loans big in Bangladesh, Bay Area

“Drawing on the same philosophy as Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, which pioneered ‘microlending’ small sums to help impoverished women run their own businesses, Grameen America opened a branch in Oakland last spring. Grameen started its U.S. presence in New York in 2008, and now has offices in Omaha, Neb., Indianapolis, Charlotte, N.C., and Los Angeles, as well as Oakland and New York.”

The Oregonian, January 30, 2013: Zimmerman Community Center expanding to affordable after-school care

“So Zimmerman Community Center, situated in a dense low-income housing area on Northwest 14th Avenue and Quimby Street, on Monday is starting an affordable after-school childcare service called After-School Activities Program or ASAP. For $10.50 a day, not only will kids ages 4 to 7 have a place to stay from 2:30 to 6 p.m., but they also will get art and theater lessons and other instruction.”

Deseret News, January 25, 2013: As domestic violence forces women, children into homelessness, shelters work to help

“Its study found that 64 percent of unmet requests from victims were for housing. Overall, 12.3 percent of the sheltered homeless population are domestic violence survivors, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2010 annual homelessness assessment report. Abused women often have to flee their residence and are at continued risk of economic and emotional abuse from their partner.”

The Charlotte Observer, January 22, 2013: Temporary women’s shelter to stay open through 2013

“A Charlotte emergency shelter for homeless women set to close in March will remain open the rest of 2013, due largely to cost cutting, organizers say. News that the Salvation Army will maintain the Caldwell House shelter through Dec. 30 came on one of the coldest days of winter, with lows expected in the mid 20s Tuesday night. Agency officials speculate the temporary 50-bed shelter on East Fifth Street would be at capacity Tuesday night, due in part to the cold snap.”

The Houston Chronicle, January 17, 2013: (Editorial) A hollow victory

“As a partner in the Texas Women's Health Program, Planned Parenthood has long provided free services - including wellness exams, contraception and cancer screenings - to thousands of low-income Texas women. But during the past few years, state officials have taken extreme measures to eliminate Planned Parenthood participation, culminating in a ruling by a state district judge last Friday that bans the organization from the program. While that ruling may still be appealed, it is a sad reflection on how ideology has run roughshod over common sense and fiscal responsibility and has jeopardized the health and welfare of thousands of Texas families.”

The Dallas Morning News, January 15, 2013: (Editorial) Texas’ problem with women’s health care

“Texas lawmakers determined in 2011 that taxpayers should not fund anything even tangentially related to abortion services, so they passed legislation designed to deny funds to the national reproductive health-services provider Planned Parenthood. As a result, the state said goodbye to federal funding that paid tens of millions of dollars for low-income women’s reproductive health services — none of which were abortion-related to begin with.”

Austin American-Statesman, January 12, 2013: Judge denies injunction for Planned Parenthood

“After a daylong hearing, District Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction that would have forced Texas to admit the organization into the state-run program, which provides contraceptives and preventive health care to about 110,000 low-income women a year.”

Austin American-Statesman, December 31, 2012: Planned Parenthood can be kicked out of program, judge rules

“Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program when the state begins running the initiative in the new year, a judge ruled Monday. Visiting Judge Gary Harger denied the organization's request for a temporary restraining order that would have forced Texas to allow Planned Parenthood to remain in the program, which provides contraceptive and preventive health care to about 110,000 low-income women a year.”

The Bismarck Tribune, December 31, 2012: Report: Nearly half of SD pregnancies unintended

“Nearly half of South Dakota's pregnancies are unintended, and about 13 percent of those result in abortions, according to a report by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute. The report, meant to encourage states to promote the use of contraceptives, indicates that the highest rates of unintended pregnancies are among low-income women.”

Argus Leader, December 29, 2012: State's unintended pregnancy rate 47%

“Almost half of South Dakota's pregnancies are unintended, with higher rates among low-income women, a new report claims. The report by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute was intended to encourage states to promote the use of contraceptives. And Planned Parenthood, which provides both contraception and abortions, argued more contraceptives would benefit South Dakota's public health and budget.”

Courier-Post, December 25, 2012: Grant to create apartments for single women, homeless mothers

“A Burlington County nonprofit housing agency will use a $350,000 grant to develop transitional apartments for single women or homeless mothers with children.”

Plain Dealer, December 24, 2012: Linda Catanzaro, Nancy Rowell help homeless women

“Spirituality is as great a need as food and shelter, Nancy Rowell and Linda Catanzaro believe. The pair lead Cleveland's chapter of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, providing retreats for homeless women and helping them battle addictions and work toward stable homes and jobs.”

Tampa Bay Times, December 22, 2012: Little House transitional home offers homeless mothers a refuge

“Organizing and strategizing, under way for 10 years, has resulted in a business plan developed by SCORE. There is an educational curriculum for residents ranging from practical skills to childhood development and money management, and an outreach that has drawn input from the Hernando Youth Initiative, A New Generation, Grace World Outreach Church, Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County, the Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition and others.”

The Nation, December 21, 2012: (Blog) US Single Mothers—'The Worst Off'

“Using data from government agencies, social scientists and researchers worldwide, the report shows that single mothers in the United States—most of whom are either separated or were previously married—are employed more hours and yet have much higher poverty rates than their peers in other high-income countries.”