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The Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN (06/15/10) - The Humphrey Institute and the Women's Foundation will announce new research on the Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota at a press conference at the Humphrey Center at 11a.m., Thursday, June 17.

Status on Women and Girls in Minnesota is an ongoing collaborative research project of the Humphrey Institute's Center on Women and Public Policy and the Women's Foundation. Annually, data specific to women and girls in Minnesota, is gathered and analyzed in economics, safety and security, health and reproductive rights, and political power and leadership. The project expands the available data on women and girls, provides ongoing trend analysis, raises public awareness, and improves policy responses to the needs of women and girls in Minnesota.

"In this era where progress for gender equality has flatlined, we hope that this research results will raise awareness about the important work left to do in our state to create equality for all women and girls," says Debra Fitzpatrick, director of the Center on Women and Public Policy. "We will use this report as a much needed jolt to jumpstart social change and inspire more of our citizens, philanthropists, teachers and leaders-women and men, alike-to join in the effort to create fairness, safety, wellness,
and equality for all of Minnesota's women and girls."

The press conference also kicks off the Women's Foundation's eight‐city 2010 Road to Equality Tour, beginning in the Twin Cities and ending in St. Cloud on June 30.

The Center on Women and Public Policy is the nation's first complete teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy. Since 1985, it has used gender analysis to challenge fundamental assumptions about politics, law, and economics on issues ranging from human rights to judicial selection and independence.

The Women's Foundation was founded in 1983 as the first statewide women's foundation in the country. It funds and builds the capacity of innovative social change
programs across the state, and conducts valuable research on the status of women and girls in Minnesota to inform grant making, educate opinion leaders and policymakers, and raise public awareness.

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