100th Anniversary of Women’s International Day

Today is International Women’s day where we celebrate the political, economic and social achievements of women of the past, present and future. Today numerous events are being held around the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Activities such as political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events as well as theatrical performances, fashion parades and more will be taking place.

Many achievements have been made! Today we have female astronauts and governors, girls are welcomed to study at university, women are able to work and maintain a family. Today we celebrate the choices women have and their impact on the world. Today make a difference and celebrate International Women’s day and do something to ensure that the future for women is bright and rewarding!

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Weekly Roundup: News for Younger Women

Gosnell may face death penalty, Feministing

Judge calls rapists interrogation of his victims heart wrenching, Change.org

GOP’s Revised Abortion Bill Remains ‘Extremely Harmful’ to Women, Huffington Post

Rise in Women’s Rights Causes a Rise in Women Smoking
, EmpowHER.com

Girls and Boys together, New York Times

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Weekly Roundup: News for Younger Women

National Eating Disorders Week, Feministing

Planned Parenthood Debate is personal for one young woman, CBS News

Advocates say ending violence against women must be a top priority for U.N. Women, Kaiser Family Foundation

Kabul seeks control of Women shelters

Abortion Rights are under attack, and pro-choice advocates are caught in a time warp, Washington Post

Libya Power Void Raises terror fears, Wall Street Journal

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Budget Cuts

There is a battle in Congress over the federal budget Republicans want to cut some discretionary spending on domestic programs that are in the current budget in order to decrease the overall federal deficit but Democrats are against some of the cuts they have suggested. In recent news, President Obama has presented his 2012 budget that includes reduced domestic spending.
The GOP suggested budget cuts in these areas:
–   Eliminate $600 million from Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request for the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
– Cut $758 million from food assistance to low-income women, infants, and children
– Decrease funding for the Minority Business Development Agency by $2 million
– Cut $16 million from Economic Development Assistance
– Eliminate and spending cuts to over 100 specific programs for $330 billion savings over ten years.
These are just a few suggestions from the GOP. In light of that the budget proposes to:
– Eliminate 13 Department of Education discretionary programs and consolidate 38 K-12 programs into 11 new programs. Cut $100 billion dollars from the Pell grant program and other
– Higher Education programs, and using those to ensure that eligible people would be able to receive the maximum award of $5,500 each school year.
– Cut funding for the Community Services Block Grant by 50 percent.
Furthermore the budget not only makes significant cuts but it’s making increased in certain areas as well:
– Invest $8.099 billion towards Head Start and Early Head Start that will serve about 986,000 children and families.
– It will provide $6.3 billion for the Child Care Development Fund.
– Invest $150 million in a new program to increase college access and completion and help educational productivity through an evidence-based grant competition.
– About$2.5 billion over a period of ten years to support an inclusive child welfare reform proposal to help prevent abuse and promote child safety.

A few budget cuts could possibly have a deep impact women and their health. Title X was established in 1970, and provides annual exams, cancer screening, family planning, contraception and testing and also treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.The repeal of Title X funding would affect millions of women from their only source of medical care. According to Karen Ford Manza who is the director of the nonprofit organization Arizona Family Planning Council she says that 60 percent of patients in Arizona are not receiving health care from anywhere else and that over 5 million people receive services from the Title X program nationally. Many women do not have other avenues of receiving services and this cut would affect women that have been relying on Title X for many years.

If you are interested in taking a stand to protect Planned ParentHood sign the petition.

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Upcoming Event: YWTF Chicago


The Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF) is committed to improving the lives of Chicago women in their 20s and 30s through collaboration, education, and leadership. Our chapter plans and participates in activities that explore topics our members view as positively impacting their lives and the lives of Chicago women, girls, and their allies.

The 2011 YWTF Campaign focuses on career coaching for young professionals.

Over the next six  months, YWTF will hold various workshops and events, the first Wednesday of every month, featuring female leaders of prominent Chicago organizations who will provide tools and advice to assist in plotting future goals. Such topics may include: negotiating, dressing for success, life/work balance, etc.


Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Matilida’s* I 3101 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Join YWTF and Soukie Chanhdara, Manager of Recruitment and Organizational Development at the YMCA of the USA, as she leads you through the interactive ROADMAP TO SUCCESS event. Learn how to navigate your professional journey, discover where you want to go, the best way to get there, who should travel with you, and what you need to have packed in your luggage to reach your final destination. Whether you are planning the  next year or the next five, the results of this workbook will provide you with the insight and action items you need!

Admission Price**:

YWTF Member = $5

Non-Member = $20

Limited-Time Offer: Register at the door to become a YWTF Member for only $10, and we’ll waive the admission price! By becoming a YWTF Member, you’ll receive discounted admission to future events and the chance to apply for the 2011/12  Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program (offered through the joint efforts of Chicago Women in Philanthropy and Younger Women’s Task Force).

RSVP by Monday, February 28, 2011 by replying to this email. Please include your name, whether you are a YWTF member, a contact number and how many people will be attending the event.

*Matilida’s bar accepts all major credit cards or cash.

**Pay at the door, cash only.

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Weekly Roundup: News for Younger Women

Monologues aim to educate and empower women, City Times

Chile’s first female President to teach at UC Berkeley
, The Daily Californian

CBS News’ Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted in Egypt, NPR

Susan B. Anthony: 5 facts About the Legendary Women’s Rights Pioneer, Aol News

Attacks on Planned Parenthood are Attacks on American Women, Feministing

American Heart Association updates guidelines for women, Personal Liberty Digest

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Younger Women Who Rock YWTF DC- Samantha Sewell

Samantha Sewell
Lives in: Arlington
Past YWTF: DC Position:
Chapter Director (’08-’09)

Samantha (Sam) Sewell is the Conference and Events Program Director at the BlueGreen Alliance, a partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations that works to create good, green jobs for a clean energy economy. Prior to her work at BGA, Sam worked as the Executive Coordinator to the President at NARAL Pro-Choice America, as a National Campus Organizer with the Feminist Majority Foundation, and as Youth Program Director at GenderPAC. While with FMF, Sam campaigned in South Dakota for 3 months to help defeat the abortion ban through mass student voter registration drives and student outreach and education.

In addition to her work at BlueGreen Alliance, Sam is a member and the immediate past Chair of the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women.

Sam is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she enjoyed activism with the school’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and playing with the UNT Women’s Ultimate Frisbee club. In 2005, Sam co-founded the Texas Equal Access Fund, an abortion fund that assists low-income women in paying for their abortions. The TEAfund has since grown to be one of the largest funds in the country. In her spare time, Sam enjoys going to the beach, painting, and spending time with her partner Mike and their dog Bailey.

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