New York, California, and D.C., Receive the Highest Grades on New Work & Family Index

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WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 — Two new reports in the Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), find that most states fall far short on work and family policies and women’s political leadership. No state received higher than a B on the Work & Family Composite Index, which measures access to paid leave (which includes paid family leave, paid medical leave, and paid sick days), support for dependent and elder care, cost and quality of child care, and the gender gap in labor force participation for parents of young children. No state received higher than a B+ on the Political Participation Composite Index, which measures women’s voter registration and turnout, representation in elected office, and state-based institutional resources.

Although women are more likely to vote than men in almost every state—women’s voter turnout was higher than men’s in all but two states in 2012— most states scored poorly on the Women in Elected Office Index, indicating a wide gap between women’s political participation and political leadership. On Work & Family, 40 states scored a zero on the Paid Leave Index, leaving workers in these states without statutory rights to paid family leave, paid medical leave, or paid sick days. New York, California, and the District of Columbia have the highest scores on the overall Work & Family Index, in part due to their high rankings on paid leave. None of the highest ranking states, however, consistently ranks in the top ten for each of the four component indicators, reflecting the patchwork of work-family supports across the country.

“Paid leave and child care are consistently listed as top issues for female voters,” said IWPR President and MacArthur Fellow Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. “With women voting at higher rates than men, candidates should pay attention to how we can better support women and men who are supporting their families, both through paid work and unpaid caregiving.”

Half of all families with children (49.8 percent) in the United States now have a breadwinner mother, who is either the sole provider or, in married couples, contributes at least 40 percent of family earnings. During the past four decades, the labor force participation rate for mothers of children under age six has more than doubled, from just under a third (32.1 percent) in the labor force in 1970, to just over two thirds (67.1 percent) in 2013. Fathers’ labor force participation, however, has barely budged (falling from 97.9 percent in 1970 to 94.4 percent in 2013), and mothers still do the majority of unpaid family work.

Mothers’ labor force participation rate varies by race/ethnicity and geography. Seventy-nine percent of black mothers of children under the age of six are in the workforce—more than ten percentage points higher than the proportion for mothers of young children of all races/ethnicities. The District of Columbia has the highest share (64 percent) of breadwinner mothers among all families with children and Utah has the lowest share (35 percent).

Families with children who are living below the poverty line spent 30 percent of their income on child care in 2011, more than three times the proportion that families living above the poverty line spent. No state provides adequate child care supports to a majority of children, when looking at the costs of full-time center care for an infant as a proportion of women’s median annual earnings in the state; the share of four-year-olds who are in publicly funded Pre-K, Head Start, and Special Education; and policies that ensure the quality of Pre-K education.

Women are nine times more likely than men to work part-time for family care reasons. Part-time work means lower earnings (and lower Social Security contributions and benefits) than full-time work; part-time workers are also much less likely than full-time workers to have access to paid leave of any kind.

Although the number of women in the U.S. Congress has reached an all-time high, women will not hold an equal share of seats until 2117, if trends continue at the current rate. Since 2004, the number of women the U.S. House of Representatives has increased from 60 to 84 and the number of women in the U.S. Senate has increased from 14 to 20. Yet, women are significantly underrepresented relative to their share of the population. There are only 5 states—Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Wyoming—where women constitute at least half of the state’s representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, while 18 states have no female representatives. Three states have never sent a woman to either the U.S. House or the Senate: Delaware, Mississippi, and Vermont.

Progress in women’s political leadership at the state level has also been mixed: the share of women in state legislatures increased from 22.5 percent in 2004 to 24.2 percent in 2015, but the number of women in statewide elected executive office declined from 81 (of 315) in 2004 to 78 (of 317) in 2015. Twenty-six other states saw an increase in the number of women in elected office, while 23 states saw a decline since 2004. There were no states in which women held half of the seats in either the state senate or the state house or assembly. New Hampshire received the highest grade (B+) on the overall Political Participation Composite Index, a vast improvement since the index was last calculated in 2004, when it received a D. These gains were due mostly to the substantial gains on the Women in Elected Office Index, jumping from 42nd in 2004 to first on the 2015 index, because New Hampshire has a woman governor and three of its four federal office holders are women.

Women of color—who constitute approximately 18 percent of the population aged 18 and older—hold about 6.2 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress, 5.3 percent of seats in state legislatures, and 2.8 percent of statewide elective executive positions. In 2012, black and white women had the highest voting rates among the total female voting age population (66.1 percent and 64.5 percent, respectively), which were twice as high as the voting rates for Hispanic women and Asian women (33.9 percent and 32.0 percent, respectively).

The findings from Work & Family and Political Participation will be discussed at an event May 20, 2015, in Washington, DC, “Achieving Gender Equality in our Lifetimes: A Bold Vision for Advancing the Status of Women.” View the event’s webcast online here beginning at 1:30 pm.

Work & Family and Political Participation are the latest installments in a series of releases from the Status of Women in the States: 2015 report, which uses a variety of data sources to measure and track trends in women’s status over time. The report and additional data on women of color, Millennial women, older women, and LBGT women are available on the website ( The Status of Women in the States, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research since 1996, also covers: Employment & Earnings, Poverty & Opportunity, Health & Well-Being, Reproductive Rights, and Violence & Safety. The project is supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Federation of Teachers, the Women’s Funding Network, NOW, and OWL, as well as other foundations and organizations.

SOURCE Institute for Women’s Policy Research

District of Columbia Confirms Case of Measles

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(Washington, DC) — The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) and the Fairfax County Health Department confirmed today a single case of measles. The current case of measles is a case resulting from international travel. The individual visited various locations in Virginia and Washington, DC. During a short stay in Washington, DC the individual visited the Embassy Suites Hotel, located at 900 10th St. NW, Washington, DC between the dates of May 10, 2015 and May 15, 2015 and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) headquarters located at 2121 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC between May 11, 2015 and May 13, 2015.

DOH officials are currently in the process of contacting all individuals known to have been exposed to the infected patient. It is important to remember that if you have been immunized against measles your risk of contracting the virus is minimal. All DC residents unsure of their immunization status who have not previously had measles are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. It is especially important that children over 12 months of age get vaccinated.

“As we continue to jointly monitor this situation with the Fairfax County Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health, residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated,” said DOH Director Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt. “Adequate prevention and protection of measles requires we work together as a city to educate, inform and help ensure residents are equipped with the necessary tools and resources needed to reduce possible new cases of measles in the future. We are asking all healthcare providers to review their patients’ immunization history at every visit to ensure that everyone is protected.”

Measles is a highly contagious illness that may have the following symptoms: fever, pink or red eyes, and cough, followed by a red blotchy rash that appears on the 3rd to 7th day beginning on the face and spreading to the rest of the body. The disease is more severe in infants and adults.

Measles is spread from person-to-person by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of an infected person or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. Symptoms can appear from 7 to 21 days, but most commonly at 14 days following exposure. It is estimated that 90 percent of individuals exposed to a person infected with measles who are not immune will become infected. People who have not had the disease or who have not been successfully immunized through vaccination are at risk for infection.

Measles can be prevented by a safe and highly effective two dose vaccination. The first dose of measles vaccine is usually given between 12 and 15 months of age. A second dose of vaccine is given at school entry (4 to 6 years of age). Both doses are generally given as a combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Residents who were present at any of the two locations mentioned above during those dates should review their family’s vaccination history and contact their health care provider to discuss MMR vaccination history as well as possible exposure to measles. If a person was present at any of those two locations and has not received the MMR vaccination, we are asking that person to contact the local health department. For concerns about possible exposures in Washington, DC, residents should contact the District of Columbia Department of Health at (202) 420-0199.

Some helpful links to regional health departments are: for the District of Columbia Department of Health; for the Fairfax County Health Department; for the Virginia Department of Health and for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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STAMFORD, CT — (Marketwired) — 05/18/15 — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Finacity Corporation (“Finacity”) with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker stated: “Finacity has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Finacity’s innovation in developing unique export financing options. The company’s ability to provide additional security and reduced risk for export receivables was also particularly notable. Finacity’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

“Finacity is deeply honored to receive this Presidential Award and we will continue to strive to deliver the highest level of trade finance services to our various global constituents,” said Adrian Katz, CEO of Finacity.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. All nominations are reviewed by the “E” Award Committee, which is chaired by the Department of Commerce, and includes representatives of ExIm Bank, the Small Business Administration, and the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, State, and Transportation.

U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.34 trillion in 2014, accounting for 13.4 percent of U.S. GDP, compared to 7.5 percent 30 years ago.

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Washington, D.C. Named America’s Fittest City

Congratulations, D.C.! The District has been named America’s fittest city. D.C.’s healthy food options, low levels of asthma and heart disease, and numerous bike paths and parks put it in the top spot, according to an annual ranking by the American College of Sports Medicine, “The parks are accessible in Washington, D.C.,” said said Walt Thompson of Georgia State University, board chair for the report. “The second interesting thing about Washington is how much money they spend per person per capita on parks: $287 per capita for every single person who lives in Washington, DC.”

DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) Department will begin registration


The DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) Department will begin registration for its first entry-level exam in eight years at 10 am Wednesday, May 20. Registration ends Saturday, May 30.

“This recruitment drive is a unique opportunity for District residents to start a career in public service while getting a job that will put them on a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Interested applicants must be a US citizen, possess a valid driver’s license, have a high school diploma/GED and be 19 years of age at the time of applying.

The first 1,500 applicants who qualify will be selected to take the entrance exam on Saturday, June 13th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Selected candidates will be notified of the time and room location prior to the exam.

“We’re looking for the city’s best and brightest to carry this department into the future,” said Chief Dean. “This is an opportunity for District residents to serve in the communities they know best.”

Online registration will be available at Applicants are encouraged to register online from a computer or smartphone. People without access to the Internet can to visit their local public library, recreation center, the Department of Human Resources Workforce Development Administration office at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW or Franklin D. Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, to register for the exam. Registration at Reeves Center will be held only on Wednesday, May 20. For recreation centers with computer labs, visit

District residents and military veterans with a passing score will be given hiring preference. Salaries start at $48,880 annually.

Interested applicants can visit or call (202) 673-7580 for more information.

Applicants are encouraged to register online from a computer or smart phone. ​For those applicants who do not have access to a computer or smart phone, computers will be made available at the Department of Human Resources Workforce Development Administration office at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street, NW), the Reeves Center lobby (2000 14th Street, NW) computer access will only be available at Reeves Center on May 20, 2015 from 10 am-4 pm, and District recreation centers. Online registration will open at 10 am.

The department will only test the first 1500 qualified applicants. Registration will open at 10 am.

Please bring valid ID along on your visit to any location (MLK Library, Reeves Center, etc).

To find recreation centers with computer labs and their hours, visit: DPR sites

Person of Interest Sought in Attempted Bank Robbery: 1900 block of 7th Street, Northwest

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(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to an Attempted Bank Robbery which occurred at the TD Bank, located in the 1900 block of 7th Street, Northwest, on Friday, May 15, 2015 at approximately 11:37 am.


The person of interest can be seen in the photos above, and in this video:

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a bank robbery committed in the District of Columbia.



The following are the closures and restorations for the period of May 11, 2015 through May 15, 2015. Should you have any questions, feel free to call the Food Safety Division at (202) 535-2180. If you would like to file a complaint against a food establishment in the District of Columbia, please call (202)535-2180 during service hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For any media inquiries or communications related questions, please contact Mr. Ivan Torres at 202 641 3065 (cellular) or 202 442 9412 (desk) or via email at To report suspected or confirmed cases of food borne illness, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology at(202) 442-8141.

Scheduled Street Closures National Memorial Day Parade

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On Monday, May 25, 2015, the National Memorial Day Parade will start at 2:00 pm. The streets along the following route will be closed from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

• Staging Area 7th Street, NW between Constitution Avenue & Independence Avenue, SW
• Parade Area Constitution Avenue between 7th Street & 19th Street, NW
• Dispersal Area Virginia Avenue between Constitution Avenue & 22nd Street, NW

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wish to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated. All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.


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Destination DC Kicks-Off Summer Travel Promotion #WeGotThis with Multi-Platform Campaign

(Washington, DC) … Destination DC, the official marketing organization for the District of Columbia, kicks off the summer travel season with its largest-ever seasonal marketing campaign featuring a new tagline, #WeGotThis.

“#WeGotThis embraces the spirit of our ongoing DC Cool campaign. It’s our way of saying ‘DC has it all’ from affordable hotels and free museums to unique outdoor recreation and amazing cuisine,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “We’re talking summer vacations, so we’re having fun – even as our marketing breaks new ground. To our knowledge, no other destination has ever launched an emoji app in support of a social marketing campaign.”

Destination DC’s Emoji DC app was created in-house and can be downloaded for free. Each emoji sticker telegraphs the familiar attractions as well as authentic neighborhood experiences. The digital pictograms, for example, include the DC flag, popular memorials and monuments, the new Metro 7000-series railcar, the Smithsonian Castle as well as the Friendship Arch at Gallery Place and Georgetown’s gold-domed Farmers and Mechanic Bank.

“It’s exciting to see visitors and locals using our images to say, ‘I want to go here’ and ‘here I am,’” said Robin McClain, vice president of marketing and communications for Destination DC. “With a big opportunity to extend our DC Cool campaign this summer, Emoji DC helps us connect with consumers in a new and engaging way.”

The DC tourism office’s summertime messaging is distributed across four distinct platforms: the bureau’s first 30-second television commercial for cable television (currently airing in three major feeder markets: New York City, Boston, Philadelphia); a print campaign extending to and beyond the northeast corridor to reach influencers in Chicago and Los Angeles; a robust digital buy; and the landmark mobile addition: emoji.

The commercial can be viewed on The free, downloadable emoji stickers are available on Google Play and the App store by searching “Emoji DC.” All 24 tap-and-paste images are compatible with standard text messaging platforms as well as Skype, WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat. The emoji can also be uploaded to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Destination DC worked with Swyft Media to license the platform.

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About Destination DC: Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 850 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

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Kate Gibbs, 202-789-7072

D.C. Mayor Bowser Public Calendar for Saturday, May 16, 2015


On Saturday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver remarks at the 25th Anniversary Party for Landis Architects/Builders.

On Sunday, Mayor Bowser will travel to the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, returning Tuesday.

Saturday Press Schedule

5 pm
25th Anniversary Party for Landis Architects/Builders
Location: Landis Architects/Builders
7059 Blair Road, NW
Suite 300
Closed Press