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Policy Updates & Resources: August 15

So what is "chained CPI?"... CPI stands for Consumer Price Index, which is a method of calculating the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for programs such as Social Security. Using chained CPI has been proposed as a method to help reduce the deficit as it would lower the annual COLA continuously over time. This would reduce the value of Social Security benefits and is claimed to be more accurate in…
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Leadership, Training, & Action: August 28

Sarah's...an Oasis for Women is looking for donations in the form of Walgreens gift cards in the amount of $5 or more. These cards allow residents to visit the nearby Walgreens for daily needs such as vitamins, goods for recovering from sickness, etc. If you would like to donate, email Martha or 651-696-8672. Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) is looking for both Mentors and Fellows to participate in their leadership programs. Mentors will work one-on-one…
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Monday Member Feature August 12: Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Monday Member Feature August 12: Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
The Women's Foundation of Minnesota was the first statewide women's foundation in the U.S, focusing on social change to work towards equality for all women and girls. The group is partnered with the University of Minnesota's Center on Women & Public Policy. The foundation provides funding, conducts research and works with public policy and building women's philanthropy. Each year, they give near $2 million in grants to non-profits throughout Minnesota.…
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Weekly Wrap Up: August 9

Weekly Wrap Up: August 9
Several important women's issues have come to the forefront of discussions. Paid leave is in the spotlight after a mother was reportedly shamed for breastfeeding on an airplane, spurring conversations about breastfeeding rights and the necessity of paid leave to make this choice available to all women.   The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released a report that states job gains by men actually slowed for men in July, but increased…
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Monday Member Feature July 29: Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment

Monday Member Feature July 29: Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment
The Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) is a non-profit organization that works to empower female immigrants from all countries. The group serves African, Asian and Latino immigrant and refugee women, providing opportunities to become successful and achieve their full potential. There are three major programs offered by WISE including Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL), Financial Literacy Initiative for Immigrants and Refugees (FLI/R), and the Foreign Trained Professional Recertification Program.…
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Weekly Wrap Up: July 26

Weekly Wrap Up: July 26
Happy Friday to everyone! This past week, pay equity has been on the forefront of discussions as women continue to earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. Unfortunately, we start this update with sad news and first must pay tribute to a wonderful leader of women... This week, we all mourn the passing of Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court. She died at the…
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Monday Memeber Feature July 22: Women’s Programs of Employment Action Center

Monday Memeber Feature July 22: Women’s Programs of Employment Action Center
This week the Minnesota Women's Consortium looks to our member organization Women's Programs of Employment Action Center. The EAC offers several specialized programs to help support women search for employment, develop career advancement strategies, manage transitions and discover their own potential. Their programs include Women in Transition, which is for women transitioning back into the job market, Women Achieving New Directions, which is for women that are employed but are…
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Monday Member Feature July 15: womenwinning

Monday Member Feature July 15: womenwinning
womenwinning is the largest women's campaign fund in Minnesota. It has been contributing funding since 1982 for more than 2,000 women's campaigns. It "is the only non-partison, pro-choice women's organization with both a State and Political Action Committee  (PAC) of Minnesota" The organization functions by identifying pro-choice women who are campaigning for office and then helping the candidates get the funds needed to win. In the 2012 elections, more than…
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Weekly Wrap Up: July 12

Weekly Wrap Up: July 12
We hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! Here's a little bit about what you're coming back to after a nice and relaxing (hopefully!) vacation...   The Farm Bill is once again going before the House, but it's a watered down version that cuts out the food stamps section of he bill. The original bill made a 3% reduction in the food stamp program budget,  but Republicans argue…
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