Statement from Women's Foundation on Governor Eric Greitens' executive order on paid parental leave

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of Women’s Foundation, released the following statement today regarding Governor Eric Greitens’ executive order on paid parental leave: 

“We are very pleased that Governor Greitens has taken executive action to provide state employees with paid parental leave and make Missouri a national leader in advancing family-friendly policies for its state workforce. Women’s Foundation research shows that paid family leave policies strengthen families, reduce reliance on government assistance and support economic growth.

At Women’s Foundation, we are dedicated to ending the false choice between work and family. Missourians value both. We applaud Governor Greitens for his leadership on this issue.” 

Statement from Women's Foundation on Auditor Galloway's New Leave Policies

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of Women's Foundation, released the following statement today regarding Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway's New Office Policies to Benefit Employees Dealing with Domestic Violence.    

Women's Foundation applauds State Auditor Nicole Galloway for implementing commonsense office policies to protect the safety and well-being of her staff.  Women and men should not have to choose between their job and their safety. Domestic violence compromises more than one’s health—it has a devastating impact on the victim’s finances, which ultimately impacts Missouri’s economy. We hope more executive branch offices follow Auditor Galloway's lead.  

It is also our hope that this action raises awareness, and that members of the General Assembly pass legislation such as SB 268 (sponsored by Sen. Jill Schupp) and HB 842 (sponsored by Rep. Gina Mitten) which provide unpaid leave for employees and their children impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

Ashlee Crowl Appointed to Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities

Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Ashlee Crowl to the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities. Crowl was appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, who has partnered with Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project through his Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WE), in order to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

Wendy Doyle Testimony on Missouri HB609

I am here to testify in support of House Bill 609. The Women’s Foundation wants to create a culture of entrepreneurship and economic empowerment for women and their families. House Bill 609 is the right approach to facilitate more informed decision-making, prevent duplicative and unnecessary regulatory boards from being created, and create a more efficient occupational licensing structure for women entrepreneurs, employed professionals, and all Missourians.

Nacente Seabury Appointed to Kansas City Environmental Management Commission

Women's Foundation Appointments Project Continues to Make Progress

Kansas City, MO -- Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Nacente Seabury to the Kansas City Environmental Management Commission. Seabury was appointed by Mayor Sly James, who has partnered with Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project through his Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WE), in order to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

Women’s Foundation Releases New Data that Underscores Need for Policy Solutions

New Data Shows Much More Work to Be Done to Achieve Economic Empowerment for Women in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, MO – Today, Women’s Foundation released new findings to their ongoing research on the Status of Women in Missouri at a web-based press conference.
 
The research examines and benchmarks progress, or lack thereof, on a variety of indicators for women in Missouri. For example, there are signs of incremental progress in some areas, such as health care, where a higher percentage of Missouri women now have health insurance coverage than two years ago. However, in other areas there has been regression: despite women making up 51% of Missouri’s population, the percentage of women serving in the Missouri General Assembly is now only 22.3% -- down from 25% two years ago.

 

Women’s Foundation, City of Topeka, and Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Announce Appointments Project

TOPEKA, KS -- Today, Women’s Foundation, the City of Topeka, and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce announced a new effort to increase the number of women serving on city boards and commissions. Topeka is the ninth community in Kansas and Missouri to launch the successful Women’s Foundation Appointments Project program. As part of the event, Councilwoman Karen Hiller announced the first appointment through Women’s Foundation Appointments Project - Topeka, Angel Zimmerman, who has been appointed to the Capital Business Improvement District.

Women's Foundation Advocates for Missouri Rule Changes to Advance Family Leave

Proposed rules unanimously adopted by Personnel Advisory Board on Tuesday would provide more comprehensive and flexible leave options for state workers

Jefferson City, Mo. - As part of of their ongoing work to advance flexible workplace solutions for families, Women’s Foundation submitted comments to the Personnel Advisory Board, which met today, in support of Governor Jay Nixon's proposed rule changes related to state employee leave policies.  These rule changes would expand the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for Missouri state employees to allow more flexibility for workers to care for their loved ones without losing their jobs or going broke.  The board unanimously adopted the rule changes today.

EMPOWERED for the Next 25 Years

By Wendy Doyle - Huffington Post Blog

On December 2nd more than 1,500 guests joined us at the Will Work For Change Annual Luncheon celebration to kick off the Women’s Foundation’s 25th year of working to improve the lives of women of all ages across Kansas and Missouri. Featured speakers included Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, America’s first woman Secretary of State, legendary journalist Ann Compton, and Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson. It was a truly an inspiring day and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some highlights and why I’m feeling more empowered than ever to continue to work for change...

Read the full post on Wendy Doyle's Huffington Post Blog.