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March 8, 2016 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Maryland found to be most gender-equal state in the U.S.

A new study looks at a number of factors in each state to determine rankings for gender equality across the U.S. According to the study, Maryland took top honors as the most gender-equal state, while Virginia came in at number 13. D.C. was not included in the report. (DCist, 3/8)

Apparently, women in Maryland mean business. The Old Line State is stacked with women who earn competitive salaries compared to men, according to research by Bloomberg, which ranked Maryland as the most gender-equal state in the country.


Women tend to thrive in states with a lot of white-collar industries, Heidi Hartmann, of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told Bloomberg. So Maryland’s proximity to the District and other state capitals puts it at an advantage, Hartmann said.

– When compared with other cultures, many new mothers in the U.S. find themselves in a position where they must return to work after giving birth far sooner than they would like. The Atlantic looks at how not having access to paid family medical leave can affect a household. (Atlantic, 3/3)

ARTS | As more and more social profit museums lean on commercial art galleries for financial support for exhibitions, some argue that the arrangement could bring about conflicts of interest and too much influence over what the public sees, going against the missions of many museums to provide art for art’s sake. (NYT, 3/7)

HEALTH/AGING | A new report examines health care for aging Americans and finds that many are not receiving care that aligns with their values and preferences. (NPR, 3/8)

EDUCATION/ENVIRONMENT | Could Urban Farms Be The Preschools of the Future? (City Lab, 3/7)

JOBS | The Washington Area Women’s Foundation is hiring for two exciting positions: Program Associate and Development Associate.

Happy International Women’s Day!

– Ciara 

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