The Gathering Place Blog

It is less safe for American women to give birth now than it was for their mothers. Now, women are working to finally understand the science of childbirth.

For decades, women’s contributions to science have been lost or ignored. Now, two women are working to change that.

A Pennsylvania grand jury found that for decades, 300 "predator priests" had abused at least 1,000 victims in six of the state's eight dioceses. German church leaders detailed the cases of more than 3,600 children who were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. In October, Pope Francis defrocked two Chilean bishops for what the Vatican called "manifest abuse of minors." And now, Pope Francis has admitted that nuns were subject to “sexual slavery” at the hands of church leadership.

Toni Morrison has a lot to say about feminism. Her definition may provide insight into how to shape our future.

After a district judge ruled last November that a federal law banning female genital mutilation in the United States was unconstitutional, activists warned that the ruling could put tens of thousands of girls at risk.

The National Press Photographers Association awarded the NPPA Humanitarian Award to Kathleen Flynn, an independent photographer and documentary filmmaker, for her career covering human rights issues and injustices.

Women were the pioneers of coding and computer science. But in the mid-1980s, everything changed. Now, colleges and businesses are scrambling to invite women back into the field they founded.

Two women spoke Spanish. Moments later, they were under arrest. Their story is a glimpse into the controversy of border areas and the legal ambiguity that is now under fire.

Once the punchline of late night comedy, Lorena Bobbitt is finally telling her story.

Despite the Grammy’s woman-forward focus, women represent just 21 percent of all music artists and less than three percent of industry workers.

International Women’s Day exists because of organized movements by working women across the globe. Learn the full history, and learn how you can support women in your community today.

When Betty Dukes launched her lawsuit against retail giant Walmart, she allowed her story to be a window into the everyday life of low-income America. Her suit failed, but the discrimination continued. Now, women are taking Walmart back to court.

Since 1992, over 2,000 women have been killed by men. Dawn Wilcox, a survivor of domestic violence, is working to preserve their memory.

The Gathering Place is deeply saddened by the passing of Ann Frost Bailey. Ann was the organization’s first Chair of the Board of Directors and was instrumental in the organization’s early success.

What do Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, and Zora Neal Hurston have in common? Motherhood, and their understanding of its complexities.

Congress passed the ERA in 1972, but it has yet to be ratified by enough states to become a constitutional amendment. Do we still need it?

Schools and businesses around the nation will be celebrating women’s history this month, but few know the story behind this Presidential Proclamation.

Melany Deem, our Jobs and Education program manager, is also the co-chair of the HIREDenver team. In collaboration with HIREDenver, she is hosting the following workshop on February 15 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver in Cherry Creek (600 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246). 

We realize that this period has led to immense uncertainty for furloughed federal workers and their families, as well as families dependent on benefits like SNAP. The Gathering Place, however, is a place of certainty; we would like to extend that to all women and transgender individuals affected by the federal government shutdown. We serve three meals a day and have a food pantry that our members can access.

Just 19 years old and new to Denver, Corazon sold the watch her father gave her so she could pay her rent. In those early days, she said, “I would eat a single slice of bread and drink many glasses of water until I could pay for food again.”

Corazon, now 77, is one of the 2.9 million US women and 35,000 Colorado women over the age of 65 who are experiencing poverty. Women are more likely to live in poverty at every stage of their life, and a woman’s longer life expectancy means the lower wages and financial hits they took throughout their life must be stretched further, but a dollar can only stretch so far. It is clear: as the Baby Boomer generation ages into retirement, women are aging into poverty.

It’s 2018 and women still make 83 cents (or less) to a white man’s dollar. The wage gap is real. It is systemic. And it is getting worse.

Despite claims otherwise, substantial research reveals that after controlling for race, region, unionization status, education, work experience, occupation, and industry 38 percent of the pay gap remains “unexplained” [1]. Our 30 years of experience and expertise suggests that discrimination is the “unexplained” factor.

The top 1% of Colorado’s earners capture 44% of all income generated. That’s a big problem for the people we serve.

A report from the Economic Policy Institute for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) revealed that in 2015, Colorado ranked 20th in the country for income inequality and with the top 1 percent capturing 44 percent of all income growth in the last 45 years.

At The Gathering Place, we see this as a narrow snapshot into a larger problem of a city and state in the midst of a population and economic boom that has left countless families behind.

Just four years ago, Teri was pregnant and alone. She came to The Gathering Place is search of support, basic needs, and resources.

"It was such a low point in my life," she said, “I had no idea what to do.”

But she was able to find stability in her life. Fast-forward four years, and she was ready to buy her first home with her fiancé, Kyle, and four-year old daughter, Cassie. When she found Kimberly from Conscious Real Estate, she knew she had found a way to give back.

“Our deep concern is that thousands of children are currently being subjected to practices that were determined to be inhumane decades ago,” says Leslie Foster, President of The Gathering Place, “That is not our community, that is not what we stand for.”

Although the policy has been rescinded by Executive Order, there is still no plan in place to reunite separated children with their parents. In addition, it appears that children are lost in the system, throughout the country. Currently, the government appears to be seeking court permission to put children and families into unlicensed situations.

For Leslie Foster and the employees of The Gathering Place, the initial policy, and now the aftermath, has one clear effect: re-traumatizing thousands of children.

On Wednesdays, we highlight a few items that our members need most. This week, we're wishing for donations of travel-size toiletries, baby formula, and razors.

Many Thanks to the Kind Generosity of The Gathering Place Donors