May 2021 Newsletter

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021


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In This Issue: 
Digital Community: Access the Resources
Member Spotlight: Elected Women Raising Awareness
Upcoming Events: Pew Webinar
Partner Post: SHRM’s Mental Health Highlight
Save the Date: 2021 Annual Conference
Resources for You: Get Involved Now! 

Calling All Leaders: Indicate Your Willingness to Serve








Championing Her Progress
Ending Period Poverty


NFWL was thrilled to partner with Kimberley Clark to make sure a period, or any negative perceptions of a period, never get in the way of any woman’s progress. No student should have to miss school, no adult should have to miss work, and no person should have to miss out on daily life because they are unable to afford the supplies they need.



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Period Supply Drive Kick-Off

Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon, NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas, Representative Ruth Briggs-King, Jess Chapple with the Junior League of Wilmington, Senator Kyle Evans Gay, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Anaya Patterson with The Warehouse for Teens, and Troy Moore with the Alliance for Period Products kick off Period Poverty Awareness week in Delaware on May 24.

Too many young women go without period products every month.
Along with our allied programs we are working to #EndPeriodPoverty



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Georgia Representative
Sandra Scott

We are thrilled to make ending period poverty an important part of NFWL’s programming now and in the future. We are honored to have NFWL Board Member Representative Sandra Scott involved as she has been working for her community this initiative for many years.

[Pictured: Representative Scott among her many donations]



Nebraska Senator
Carol Blood
Nebraska’s NFWL State Director, Senator Carol Blood hosted a Period Product Drive this week to draw attention to the issue.
“It’s clear that many women who are unable to afford period supplies also suffer from mental health issues when they must make choices about navigating their lives and worrying about things like attending work or school, knowing that they may need tampons but can’t afford to purchase them because they must decide between food or menstrual products,” stated Blood. “Over 411,000 women and girls between the ages of 12 to 44 live in Nebraska and 1 in 6 lives below the federal poverty level. We can make a difference by collecting these items and distributing them across Nebraska where those in need can gain easy access to the products. We are hoping to collect at at least $1,000 in supplies during this drive and plan on making this a yearly drive expanding the amount collected each year.”
Thank you Senator Blood for your hard work and dedication to solving this problem!

[Pictured: Senator Blood among her many donations]



Housing is the largest regular expense for most American families and impacts many health, education, financial, and other outcomes. And although prices vary significantly across the nation, living in a lower-cost area does not always ease the path to homeownership. Many families in less expensive regions struggle to buy a home because small mortgages are hard to obtain.

Smaller mortgages—those under $150,000, for example—are difficult for banks to make and hard for buyers to find. As a result, millions of families have turned to alternative financing products to purchase site-built and manufactured homes, but these options often cost more and offer fewer protections than mortgages. This has caught the attention of federal and state regulators and lawmakers.

At this session, we’ll discuss the various alternative non-mortgage arrangements that exist, challenges that homeowners face when using them, and research and policy opportunities.



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SHRM Survey: Nearly Half of U.S. Workers Feel Mentally, Physically Exhausted by End of Each Workday

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and new research from SHRM highlights the psychological toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on employed Americans. As employees seek to balance their personal and professional responsibilities, 48 percent of U.S. workers feel mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the workday.
The survey on the mental health of U.S. workers more than a year into the pandemic shows burnout and symptoms of depression persist. Of note, working women reported experiencing burnout at significantly higher rates than men, and employees who telework often experience more depressive symptoms compared to those who don’t telework.

Maintaining employee morale and engagement tops the list of challenges for organizations in 2021.  Employers are taking action to improve employees’ emotional wellbeing by increasing communication, encouraging employees to take time off, investing in more resources, and asking for employee feedback more frequently.
“There’s no shortage of challenges facing Americans right now—the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and a mental health crisis,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and CEO. “Now more than ever, employers must be alert and look for signs that may indicate employees are hurting and take concrete actions to help them as we start returning to work.”

SHRM is committed to working with state leaders and policymakers to prioritize mental health in the workplace and create better workplaces for a better world. 




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Grab n’ Go!

Have you checked out our Grab n’ Go lately?
Organizations like Kimberly Clark and U by Kotex
®, who are recognized as best-in-class in their category, bring resources, programs, and presentation materials right to your fingertips!

That’s where you’ll find resources like this! 



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Virtual Conference:
Smart Women Smart Money

Smart Women Smart Money Kentucky is a FREE virtual conference hosted by NFWL State Director Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball. The many sessions are informative and it looks like it will be a great event.
Take a look and register to find out more!



The Role of Natural Gas and Oil Industry:
Tackling Climate Change and Providing U.S. Energy

To achieve meaningful emissions reductions that meet the climate challenge, it will take a combination of policies, innovation, industry initiatives and a partnership of government and economic sectors. NFWL welcomed the American Petroleum Institute to the Zoom stage to talk about how they are maximizing emissions reductions in ways that are cost-effective for the industry and consumers.



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Interested in a leadership position?



Leadership positions are a great way for members to become more involved with NFWL. From joining one of our many committees, to becoming a State Director or Board Member, we have great opportunities for those who are wanting to help NFWL govern and grow. Fill out our Willingness to Serve form if you are interested in a leadership role.






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