Tuesday Blast: Make A difference This week
Chicago Foundation for Women's Weekly eUpdate

The week of March 20-26, 2007
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Our yearlong anti-violence initiative
"What Will It Take?" is paid for in part by a grant from the State of Illinois.

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Make a great healthy choice: Run, walk or roll for a safe state on May 10 in Grant Park. Sign up now and start a team...

What will it take to make schools safe? We are turning to Chicago Public Schools’ students to get the answers with an essay contest that includes cash prizes for first, second and third place. MORE INFO…
Chicago Foundation for Women announced nearly $1 million in grants to community organizations, academic institutions and coalitions across Illinois for innovative projects that will help prevent violence against women and girls. “This is an amazing day for the Foundation,” said Lois J. Lipton, board chair. “Not only do these grants go to organizations, who are thoughtfully working to prevent violence against women and girls, but this is also the largest amount of money we have ever awarded at once – and we are statewide.” READ THE PRESS RELEASE…

VIP tickets and partner packages to the June 7 “Music Matters Concert” featuring Jill Scott are available now through March 30. General admission and premier tickets go on sale April 2 through Ticketmaster. Proceeds benefit our “What Will It Take?” initiative. VIP seats, the best in the house, are selling quickly. BUY VIP TICKETS NOW…

  • Union Pacific, the nation’s largest railroad, offers insurance coverage for Rogaine and Viagra but not for prescription contraception. The practice is not discriminatory toward women, according to a ruling last week by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals which covers the upper Midwest. “For the court to defend such a health policy is not only an affront to American women, but a major setback for women’s health,” the Center for Reproductive Rights said. We agree, and we will keep you up to date on any further rulings.

  • Military servicewomen experience sexual assault at alarming rates, as reported (and as the Blast pointed out last week). This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine’s cover story, “The Women’s War,” talked about how sexual assault and harassment combined with combat experience leads to a “double whammy” for women returning from Iraq. On top of it, women don’t even recognize the signs or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder since they jump right back into their role of caring for others. Read the article on… 

  • Good news: Last week your Tuesday Blast pointed you to the story of possible cuts to the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health. Official word is that now, because of strong advocacy, the cuts are off. The $4 million budget will stand. 

  • If you’re not a journalist, you might just miss an insightful story in the Columbia Journalism Review by writer E. J. Graff about the media’s portrayal of mommies opting out of the workforce. If you don’t know what we mean, do you remember the 2003 New York Times story that started, “Why don’t more women get to the top? They choose not to.” Graff writes that it is an illusion that these women have the choice to opt out. “The problem is that the moms-go-home storyline,” Graff writes, is misleading. And “if journalism repeatedly frames the wrong problem, then the folks who make public policy may very well deliver the wrong solution.” Read the whole article...

  • “Who Cares About Girls?” Tune in to the Oxygen cable network at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 25, and watch the first of two installments in a new ongoing documentary series hosted by Lisa Ling. “Daughters Left Behind” paints a picture of the lives of daughters of incarcerated women. Next Sunday, the second part follows child labor and prostitution in Southeast Asia.
What is missing?
We add perspective to recent headlines
  • The story: Camel No. 9 is a new brand of cigarettes focused on the “Sex and the City” generation of young women with its “light and luscious” flavor. No one should even pretend to spin as anything but marketing death and disease to young women in fuchsia and teal boxes. From the ads in Cosmopolitan and Glamour to the aggressive marketing at “girls’ night out” parties offering free massages and make-up goody bags—as well as free cigarettes. Wall Street analysts praise Reynolds’ campaign as savvy.

  • What it didn’t say: We are very pleased by media outlets, including NPR and the New York Times, highlighting the hypocrisy and the critical outcry against R. J. Reynolds. But it cannot be said enough: Cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor for young women in developing heart disease. Smoking is riskiest among people under age 50. Plus, taking oral contraceptives greatly increase women smokers’ risk of heart disease and stroke. The real way to stay hip is to stay alive and healthy by making good choices based in medical facts rather than marketed promotions. Learn more about women and cardiovascular disease…
Mark your calendar
  • MARCH 21: Health Issues Impacting Incarcerated Women and Girls
          12 p.m., Foundation office, 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1620, Chicago
    Join the Foundation's Alumnae Council and experts. Bring a brown bag lunch and learn about the health challenges faced by incarcerated women and girls. RSVP required. MORE INFO...
  • MARCH 26: A reading of the play “Body and Sold”
    “What Will It Take?” cosponsored program
          6-8 p.m., Columbia College’s Hokin Annex, 623 S. Wabash Ave.
    A reading of this play, which tells the true story of eight young people who were trafficked and coerced into the sex trade, is hosted by Chicago Foundation for Women, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the Center on Halsted and Columbia College. Contact Rachel Durchslag at (773) 867-1082 or for more info. Donations accepted at the door.

  • MARCH 29: Town Hall – Galesburg
    "What Will It Take?" program
          6-8 p.m., City of Galesburg Council Chambers, 55 W. Tompkins St., Galesburg
    What will it take to make Galesburg safe? Join community members and expert speakers to share your concerns and help answer this question. MORE INFO…
  • APRIL 4: Town Hall – Champaign
    "What Will It Take?" program
          6-8 p.m., Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Ave., Champaign
    In Champaign County, there were 2,075 domestic battery reports to police in 2004. Of these, 1,313 led to criminal charges and 660 orders of protection were issued. Join us to share some local answers to this problem and more. MORE INFO...

  • APRIL 5: Two programs with Jackson Katz
    “What Will It Take?” cosponsored program
          At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    “Approach gender violence as a MEN'S issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.” From Katz’s 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence. Join Katz for a training (RSVP required) and a public speech on how men can help end violence against women. MORE INFO…

  • MAY 3: Portraits: Stories of Hope and Survival
    “What Will It Take?” special event
          7:30 p.m., Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE. This artistic performance will showcase people whose lives have been touched by violence—including survivors, family, friends and those who may not have been able to talk about violence until now. MORE INFO…

  • MAY 10: Race for a Safe State: A 5K Run, Walk and Roll
    “What Will It Take?” special event
          5:30 p.m. check-in, Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago
    Individual and team registration now available online. MORE INFO…

  • JUNE 7: Music Matters Concert: Singers and Songwriters Unite Against Violence, featuring Jill Scott
    “What Will It Take?” special event
          7:30 p.m., Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago
    VIP tickets now available online. Get the best seats in the house before general sales start April 2 through Ticketmaster. MORE INFO…

  • For more programs and events see our calendar page or the "What Will It Take?" statewide events page.
In case you missed it
  • Video news release on the “What Will It Take?” public awareness campaign now available online. (Closed-captioned version coming soon.)

  • More media attention:
    • ABC 7 Chicago reports on our $1 million in violence prevention grants statewide for “What Will It take?” Read more... 

  • Newspaper ads for “What Will It Take?” appeared statewide this week:
    • Chicago Reader on March 12
    • Southern Illinoisan and The Courier on March 14
    • N’DIGO on March 15
    • Peoria Journal Star, Rockford Register Star and Illinois Times on March 16
    • Chicago Tribune’s Metro section back page on March 19

  • Keep an eye out for “What Will It Take?” ads in the Red Eye this Friday, March 23 and in college newspapers this week.

  • Catch up on more at our Press Room or our Past Events page at or our News page on
What you should do
  • DID YOU SEE “WHAT WILL IT TAKE?” If you see our PSAs on TV or hear them on the radio, or if you see one of our ads in newspapers, on buses or on billboards, email saying when and where the ad appeared. We will enter you in a drawing for a t-shirt and a few surprises. Please include your name and a daytime phone number.

  • BUY VIP TICKETS to hear Jill Scott at the “Music Matters Concert” on June 7. Space is limited—make sure you and your friends get the best seats in the Auditorium Theatre. VIP tickets available until March 30 or they run out...

  • GET TICKETS TO “PORTRAITS: Stories of Hope and Survival” on May 3. You can buy VIP tickets and sponsorship packages as well. Get your seats for this moving performance at Park West.

  • REGISTER ONLINE for the May 10 “Race for a Safe State: A 5K Run, Walk and Roll” in Chicago’s Grant Park. Challenge yourself, form a team, bring your children and support the “What Will It Take?” initiative. Sign up individually or start a team now...

  • Speakers bureau: Want a free speaker to come and tell you or your organization about “What Will It Take?” Contact Laura Fletcher at (312) 577-2824 or More about the speakers bureau...

  • JULY 12 tickets to "The Color Purple" in Chicago on sale now, to benefit the Sojourner Fund of the African American Leadership Council.
  • JUNE 14: The 2007 Impact Awards, in Chicago
  • SEPT. 11: The Foundation's 22nd Annual Luncheon and Symposium, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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