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Commentary: It’s Past Time to Talk and Write Much Better About Gender-Based Violence

"Achieving a violence free Minnesota demands that we explicitly name domestic violence when and where it occurs, and that it remains a matter of community action before, during, and after tragedies like these—not just when first responders are killed in their attempts to assist."

Highest Known Number of Minnesotans Killed From Domestic Violence in 2023

Violence Free Minnesota was able to confirm 39 known victims in 2023. This is the highest confirmed number of known deaths from domestic violence since the coalition started tracking intimate partner homicides in 1989.

Factory Farms Growing, at Taxpayer and Climate Expense — Minnesota Bucking Some National Trends

Corporate factory farms are continuing to expand into rural communities — taking over family farm spaces — while intensifying climate change issues and benefitting from taxpayer-funded subsidies.

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2007 Changemaker: TADA!

Teens Against Dating Abuse spread the message about dating abuse to ‘tween girls

2007 Changemaker: Vednita Carter & Breaking Free

Working with police to hold johns accountable

2007 Changemaker: Julie Hellwich

Julie Hellwich and her Smart Women™ creations are making social change through business.

2007 Changemaker: Sheila Wellstone Institute

The most important thing you can do is to make sure legislators and candidates will support sexual assault funding.

2007 Changemaker: Pakou Hang

"We will never win if we don't run. We have to try."

A home of her own

Women buyers are changing the face of home ownership

The co$t of caring

Beyond stress and emotions, women's paychecks and pensions can take a hit when they choose to care for elderly parents

Turning blue collars pink

The pay is good, the training relatively short ... so why don't more women choose skilled technical careers?

Birds & Bees

What are Minnesota’s public schools teaching about sex? The answer may surprise you.

Secret mothers

Pregnant and unwed pre-Roe v. Wade, many were forced to hide their pregnancies and surrender their babies

Small towns, BIG opportunities

Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Ely and Owatonna