Loudoun Coalition on Women and Girls Reports on Challenges

The nonprofit Loudoun Coalition on Women and Girls has released the results of its Voices of Loudoun Women community assessment surveys, and announced plans for its next round of data collection.

According to the coalition, surveys have consistently identified the top three challenges that Loudoun women face are child care support, employment connections, and access to health care.

Next, the commission will host a listening session on May 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at Cascades Library.

“After the startling realization that one in three Loudoun women surveyed are experiencing a major challenge, our team decided it was critical to hear directly from Loudoun women about the solutions they want to see in our community,” Chairwoman Angela Mitchel said. “We hope that women will join us for this free listening session and entrust us to share their opinions, thoughts, and solutions over light refreshments.”

In surveys over winter 2020, the commission found a higher percentage of Loudoun women than the national average had skipped preventative health services or a recommended medical test or treatment, and more had sought mental health care. That was compared to national data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that across the country women were more likely to have gone through the pandemic without recommended preventatives health care than men.

The surveys also found 44% of the women surveyed with school-age children identified childcare as an unmet need, more than half of Loudoun women surveyed reported increased family responsibilities and the struggle to balance work as the major factors that have impacted their career, and more than two-thirds of women surveyed reported the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted their mental health.

RSVP for the May 24 listening session here at https://bit.ly/LCWAGrsvp, and download the Voices of Loudoun Women research brief here.

This article was updated May 12 at 12:23 p.m. to correct the name of the Loudoun Coalition on Women and girls in the headline and main image.

2 thoughts on “Loudoun Coalition on Women and Girls Reports on Challenges

  • 2022-05-12 at 8:20 am

    I’m delighted this Coalition exists in the county. Women play key leadership roles in Loudoun. I was raised to believe, “It takes a woman to get things done.” In 1961, President Kennedy created the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. It was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. Great strides have been made over the past 60 years. But there’s so much more work to be done. Happy Foster Care Month Loudoun!

  • 2022-05-13 at 3:31 pm

    Loudoun has been represented by a woman in congress for nearly a decade. The Leesburg mayor has been a woman for decades. The chair of the BoS, who started this commission six years ago, is a woman. What does this tell us?

    What am I missing here?

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