New report highlights disparities for women in Montgomery County

GENDER/RACE | Women in Montgomery County have made strides in the labor force, education and in the political arena according to a new report from the Montgomery County Commission for Women, but it also highlights disparities across gender, race, and geography and focuses on several areas for concern, including the 16,500 women living in poverty, and clear racial and ethnic disparities in women’s health. (WAMU, 1/29)

“This county is the same one we all think of with the great schools and the women with a lot of Ph.D.’s, and yet there are so many people who are really just struggling to make ends meet,” said Diana Rubin, second vice president of the County Commission. According to Rubin, that harsh reality is the thought behind the report’s title: A Tale of Two Counties: The Status of Women in Montgomery County (2018).

– DC charter school teachers are paid less on average than their public school counterparts, while DC charter school administrators’ salaries are on the rise, and public information about it is hard to find. (City Paper, 1/30)

– Virginia has a new Student Loan Advocate with the primary focus to assist Virginians struggling with student loan debt. (WTOP, 1/28)

WORKFORCE | A new study published by CECP, Imperative, and PwCMaking work more meaningful: Building a fulfilling employee – indicates that the economy may be headed into a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” where employee fulfillment is a source of purpose and innovation at work and the new narrative of the workplace.

HEALTH | Lawmakers in DC are asking why, after spending millions of dollars to address the issue, the District continues to see a rise in opioid-related overdose deaths. (WaPo, 1/28)

FOOD SYSTEMS | The important contributions of agriculture to regional job and economic growth is the subject of a comprehensive new report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), which looks at changes in the farming landscape. (COG, 1/18)

– The Public Welfare Foundation has announced a new strategic framework to concentrate fully on criminal and youth justice, and will spend the next two years transitioning to a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just.

Opinion: There’s a lot of history in the distrust between African Americans and the police (WaPo, 1/29)

POVERTY | The Crushing Logistics of Raising a Family Paycheck to Paycheck (Atlantic, 1/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Washington is the latest city in a nationwide movement to ban plastic straws and the DC Department of Energy and Environment is enforcing the new law. (WaPo, 1/28)

SHUTDOWN | DC Seeks Reimbursement for Shutdown Losses and Residents Face Ongoing Woes (City Paper, 1/29)

Related: WRAG President Tamara Lucas Copeland wrote in her 1/28 blog post “Giving Beyond the Federal Shutdown Emergency”  about the role of the nonprofit community during the shutdown as the true safety net, and the necessity of keeping the sector strong and ready for the next emergency.

PHILANTHROPY | The Intersection of Corporate Philanthropy and Private Sector Lobbying (NPQ, 1/28)

Oh no! This Valentine’s Day is going to be a little less sweet as the company that used to make the popular SweetHeart Candies went out of business and its new owners aren’t ready to start making new batches yet.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy