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September 4, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

D.C. ranks No. 1 on list for working women

WORKFORCE │ Another report has been released on the best areas in the country for working women. The District tops the list at No. 1, with Maryland at No. 5, and Virginia at No. 11, according to the report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Though encouraging, women in D.C. still make less than their male counterparts. (WBJ, 9/3)

The annual report says the median annual full-time pay for women in the District is $60,000, 92.3 percent of the median pay for men. D.C. also ranks No. 1 for the percent of women in the labor force, at 66.9 percent, and No. 1 for the number of women in management.

– The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute has updates on the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative in the Kenilworth-Parkside community, and what is up next for the program with support from funders like the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Consumer Health Foundation, the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation,  and more. (DCFPI, 9/4)

– In the District during the 2011-12 school year, an alarming number of gunfire incidents occurred in close proximity to schools. During this time, of the 175 traditional public and public charter schools in D.C., 116 of them were close enough for gunfire to be heard inside during school hours. (WCP, 9/3)

– Five lessons one woman’s story teaches us about poverty and education in D.C. (GGW, 9/3)

HOMELESSNESSHuman Services Chief: City Can Avoid Homelessness, But Only With Persistent Effort (WCP, 9/3)

POVERTY │ Opinion: Efforts to combat poverty are often roadblocked by competing views on what the root causes of poverty are. An author shares his views on how a “rough ideological consensus” regarding the causes of poverty and inequality from policy makers and the like, is a crucial first step in moving forward with initiatives that could make a big difference. (NYT, 9/2)

PHILANTHROPY │ A new online tool that measures the value of social projects is now available. The Social Impact Calculator, made possible by the Low Impact Investment Fund, estimates the monetary value of projects based on recent social science research. (Chronicle, 9/4)

COMMUNITY │ The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs is seeking volunteers to review new funding proposals for The FY’15 Latino Community Development Grant and Latino Community Health Grant Competition. Reviewers must commit to one reviewer training session and evaluate three to five proposals. Trainings are conducted online via webinars. Grant reviews are also conducted online via their grants management system. To become a grant reviewer, please submit your resume to by Monday, September 8, 2014. OLA will contact qualified applicants within five days of submission.

Perhaps you can buy happiness, after all!

– Ciara

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